UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Infancy and Early Childhood Development

This programme explores the main theories, methods and research findings relating to infants and young children from a variety of perspectives, including psychology, education, and health, and also includes approaches to assessment and intervention.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2019

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Flexible: 2-5 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 15 October 2018
Close: 26 July 2019

Tuition fees (2019/20)

UK/EU: £10,720 (FT)
Overseas: £25,610 (FT)

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree in psychology, medicine or other health or education related topic from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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About this degree

You will learn about the development of infants and young children (from in utero life to five years of age) the perspective of a range of disciplines, including psychology, education, medical, health and social-related perspectives.

You will learn about the impact of typical and atypical development; maternal/primary caregiver and broader environmental factors; and settings including nurseries and other informal learning settings. You will also explore the importance of early social skills and specific childhood disorders and medical conditions. You will be exposed to age-specific tools for evaluating typical and atypical development, and to intervention methods appropriate for certain neurodevelopmental disorders. There will be optional modules to allow specialisation within the areas of psychology, education and health, and you will undertake a research project under supervision.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits

The programme consists of four compulsory modules (60 credits), two to four optional modules (60 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits). The optional modules are chosen from a set of approved modules.

A Postgraduate Diploma, four core modules (60 credits), two to four optional modules (60 credits), full-time one year or flexible study up to five years, is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate, four core modules (60 credits), part-time one year or flexible study over a period of up to two years, is offered

Compulsory modules

All compulsory modules from the following list must be taken.

  • Research Methodology and Statistics
  • Prenatal and Newborn Development
  • Infant Development
  • Preschool Years

Optional modules

60 credits of optional modules drawn from the following list:
(all modules are worth 15 credits unless stated otherwise)

  • Nutrition, Growth and Physical Activity
  • Infant and Neurodevelopmental Assessment
  • Safeguarding and Children in Society
  • Child Public Health
  • Fetal and Perinatal Medicine
  • The Child disability and development
  • Perinatal Epidemiology and Maternal Health
  • Atypical Development
  • Cognitive Development and Learning
  • Contemporary Issues in Infancy and Early Childhood Development

Dissertation/research project

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme will be delivered via lectures, seminars and web-based materials (e.g. reading, videos); students will be evaluated by written work (essays, leaflets, commentaries, research thesis) and presentations.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.


Details of any specific funding for the programme will be available on the GOS ICH website, including details of the £1,000 GOS ICH bursary offered by the institute.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


You will gain skills and knowledge relevant to PhD-level study; a career in early childhood development research; or roles within the medical/educational professions working with infants and young children. 


During the programme, you will acquire a solid knowledge and theoretical base of child development, environmental influences, medical and educational aspects within the prenatal to five-year period. You will meet and have opportunity to network with professionals from diverse fields including paediatricians, neurologists, psychologists, health visitors, play specialists and early-years educators. You will be exposed to a range of evaluation and treatment/intervention approaches and acquire research method, analysis and communication skills, including those for communicating research to the general public.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health is a world leader in the delivery of paediatric healthcare, research and education, and this programme will also take advantage of collaboration with other expert departments within UCL, thereby providing unique opportunities to interface across disciplines. This programme aims to integrate psychological development, education, medical aspects and health and social-related factors. Exposure to these topics will ensure you gain an understanding of the many variables relevant to early childhood development.

Department: Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

This degree is aimed at psychology/education/health-related graduates and professionals who want to engage in research careers or further training in infancy and early years.

Application deadlines

All applicants
26 July 2019

For more information see our Applications page.

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Contact information

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