This programme offers a comprehensive research training in developmental and educational psychology. It is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council and can lead to further study at doctoral level.
Unless otherwise indicated, the information on this page relates to September 2019 entry. The information for September 2020 entry will be launching in the online Graduate Prospectus shortly. Applications for most postgraduate taught programmes will open 1 November 2019.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2019/20)
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 one) 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
Students will develop in-depth knowledge of specialised research skills, and be able to use a broad range of methods to critically appraise and conduct rigorous research in the field. Students learn how to assess the contribution of psychology to policy goals and how to evaluate education policies.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).
- Developmental Psychology (30 credits) or Personality and Social Psychology (30 credits) or Cognitive Development and Learning (30 credits)
- Social Development (30 credits) or Core Topics in Psychology of Education (30 credits)
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 undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words.
Teaching and learning
This programme is delivered through a combination of lectures by UCL Institute of Education academic staff and guest speakers, group work, discussion, and computer workshops giving hands-on practice. Assessment is through coursework examination. Coursework involves small exercices conducted throughout the module, critiques of set research articles and extended pieces of writing on set topics and the dissertation.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- Deadline is 5 April 2019
- Accommodation plus tuition fees (1 year)
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 of this programme are currently working as researchers in the public and private sectors or are engaged in PhD study.
This programme provides valuable preparation either for doctoral study or for a research career in the academic community, the public sector or in industry.
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is one of the world's leading centres for education and related areas of social science, and students learn from leading researchers in the field.
For the sixth year in succession the IOE has been ranked number one for education (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019).
Our alumni include government ministers; heads of schools, other educational institutions and NGOs; Olympians; and prize-winning authors.
Department: Psychology & Human Development
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 programme is suitable for those who wish to pursue a research career either in academia or the public or private sectors, or progress to further professional training.
This degree does not lead to the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society and is therefore not suitable for anyone wishing to embark on a career in educational psychology.
- All applicants
- 26 June 2019
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 Developmental and Educational Psychology at graduate level
- why you want to study Developmental and Educational Psychology 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.