Encompassing psychological approaches to learning, development and teaching from early childhood to adulthood.
Head of Department: Dr Zachary Walker
The Department of Psychology and Human Development (PHD) brings together staff with research and teaching interests that encompass psychological approaches to learning, development and teaching from early childhood to adulthood.
- Our staff
Our team has leading experts in psychology with particular reference to learning, development and teaching from early childhood to adulthood.
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Study with us
Our department runs a range of courses, including the MSc in Child Development, MSc Psychology of Education and Doctorate in Professional Educational Child and Adolescent Psychology which are British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited.
In addition the UCL Centre for Inclusive Education is responsible for a wide range of outreach courses, many at Master's level, providing professional development for those involved in teaching and related work in special needs.
Our BPS accredited Psychology with Education BSc course is a new undergraduate programme that offers students the opportunity to study at a world-leading centre for education studies and related social sciences.
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- Graduate taught
- Child Development MSc
- Developmental and Educational Psychology MSc
- Education (Psychology) MA
- National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination PG Cert
- Psychology of Education MSc
- Special and Inclusive Education (Autism) MA
- Special and Inclusive Education (Specific Learning Difficulties) MA
- Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) MA
Publishing soon - watch this space:
- Habilitation and Disabilities of Sight (Children and Young People) Grad Dip
- Special and Inclusive Education MA
- Graduate research
Our department provides high quality consultancy in a wide range of areas related to education and psychological development in London and surroundings, nationally and internationally in over 25 countries.
Major partners for whom the Institute provides consultancy services include schools, social services departments, hospital departments, local authorities, universities, government agencies and NGOs, Ministries of Education, professional bodies and learned societies.
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- School organisational contexts for learning.
- Language, literacy and numeracy.
- Teaching processes and pedagogy.
- Learning processes.
- Social and emotional competence.
- Special educational needs.
Our research identity is in psychology (particularly in relation to education) and special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Educational neuroscience is being developed within our psychology interests.
We publish and research in the following key areas:
- Psychology and typical development, focussing on classroom practices and their relationship with learning (science, maths, literacy, class size, deployment of TAs, motivation).
- Educational neuroscience.
- SEN areas of autism, emotional disorders, hearing impairment, disorders of perception, language difficulties, learning difficulties, literacy difficulties, numeracy difficulties, visual impairment and youth offending.
Doctoral students make a valued contribution in these areas.
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- Child Development and Learning Difficulties Lab
- The Nurture Lab
- Better Together: a wellbeing initiative for doctoral students
- COVID-19: Global social trust and mental health
- Using technology to measure children’s social life and engagement in primary school
- Empowering staff to enhance oral language in the early years
- Multilanguage and Cognition Lab
Find more about our researchers, publications, activities, groups and themes:
20 April 2021–01 December 2021, 9:00 am–6:00 pm