This Master's programme will deepen students' knowledge of child development and developmental psychology and prepare them for professional work with children and young people or progression to professional doctorates, higher research degrees, or employment as a researcher.
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Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2020/21)
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.
A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, either in psychology or a related subject, that has been accredited by the British Psychological Society.
A minimum of a second-class Bachelor’s degree that contains at least 60 credits (excluding year 1) in the five core areas of psychology (Biological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Personalities and Individual Differences and Social Psychology).
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.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
This programme is suitable for international students on a Tier 4 visa - study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting October.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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About this degree
This programme provides a high-quality education in the main theories, methods, and findings of psychological research relating to child development. The programme aims to enable independent learning and an approach to developmental psychology that is both informed and critical. Participants have the opportunity to conduct research that contributes to the field of child development.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits), an optional module (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Child Development.
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.
All students take one optional module.
Graduates seeking BPS accreditation must take either Atypical Development or Language Development. Psychology graduates may be able to choose from optional modules offered by other masters programmes at the IOE, subject to availability. Other IOE modules may also be available to graduates not seeking BPS accreditation.
All students undertake an independent research project.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures delivered by both UCL Institute of Education academic staff and guest speakers, group work, and computer workshops giving hands-on practice. Assessment is through coursework involving exercises in statistics and methodology, and extended pieces of writing on set topics as well as the dissertation.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- Deadline Monday 25 May 2020 (5pm London time).
- Tuition fees, stipend, flights (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
- Deadline: Monday 18 May 2020 (5pm London time).
- Full tuition fees and accommodation (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Graduates are currently working as:
- assistant psychologists in the field of child development in the public and private sectors
- social science researchers
- educational or clinical psychologists (following the completion of a professional doctorate)
- PhD students
This programme will prepare participants for progression to higher research degrees, employment as researchers or professional training to work with children and young people applying their psychological knowledge.
Why study this degree at UCL?
Psychology and Human Development has more developmental psychologists than most psychology departments. The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) houses major longitudinal studies such as the Millennium Cohort Study. It is conveniently located for attending research seminars in neighbouring colleges and institutes, such as the Birkbeck Babylab and the Institute of Child Health. In addition to the IOE's extensive library and online resources, students have access to Senate House, which contains the British Psychological Society collection.
Our alumni include professors of developmental psychology, educational psychologists, and clinical psychologists.
The programme provides the opportunity for suitably qualified applicants to gain the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society.
Department: Psychology & Human Development
What our students and staff say
"Much current research focuses on the cognitive processes and skills that support effective science learning in primary school children. A central objective is to help develop new approaches to the initial teaching of science that will benefit a range of learners, especially those at the lower end of the ability spectrum. The sheer wealth of contact with other researchers that being in London provides me with has been and continues to be a major stimulus to my own work."
Professor Andy TolmieEducational Neuroscience MA/MSc, Child Development MSc, Psychology of Education MSc
UCL Institute of Education
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 £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
This programme is suitable for psychology graduates who wish to progress to research careers or professional training. Suitably qualified graduates of other disciplines take the programme to become eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society.
- All applicants
- 28 August 2020
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Child Development at graduate level
- why you want to study Child Development at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.
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