Child Development MSc

London, Bloomsbury

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.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£10,800
£5,400
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£24,000
£12,000
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications open

Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard (in addition to the language and successful reference criteria).

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

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

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

Visa information for non-UK students

This programme is suitable for international students on a Student visa – study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting October.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

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.

Who this course is for

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.

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required.

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

 

What this course will give you

IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society is one of the world's leading centres for education and related areas of social science, and the Department of Psychology and Human Development is unique in the UK for its dedicated focus on developmental and educational psychology. Students therefore have the opportunity to learn from leading researchers in these fields. 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.

For the eighth year in succession IOE has been ranked number one for education (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021).

The programme provides the opportunity for suitably qualified applicants to gain the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. Our alumni include government ministers; heads of schools, other educational institutions and NGOs; Olympians; and prize-winning authors.

The foundation of your career

Employability

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

Accreditation

This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) so that students who successfully complete the course can apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures delivered by both IOE academic staff and guest speakers, group work, and computer workshops giving hands-on practice. Assessment is through coursework involving a variety of methods including research reports, extended writing pieces, policy briefs, group work, lay reports as well as the dissertation.

Each of the taught modules has 30 hours of contact time (lectures, seminars and group activity). Students are expected to supplement these contact hours via self-directed study. Further time is set aside for contact with supervisors for the dissertation, where the bulk of the work consists of independent research activity. 

Modules

Full-time

Full-time students will be expected to complete 180 credits, including four compulsory modules and an independent dissertation.

Compulsory modules:

- PHDE0015 Development of Brain and Behaviour (30 credits at FHEQ Level 7 – Term 1)

- PHDE0016 Social and Individual Development (30 credits at FHEQ Level 7 – Term 2)

- PHDE0017 Cognitive Development in Typical and Atypical Populations (30 credits at FHEQ Level 7 – Term 2)

- PHDE0031 Research and Analytical Methods in Psychology (30 credits at FHEQ Level 7 – Term 1)

- PHDE0020 Dissertation on Child Development (60 credits at FHEQ Level 7 – Terms 1 - 3)

Part-time

Part-time route:

In Year 1, students will be expected to complete three compulsory modules totaling 90 credits. 

- PHDE0015 Development of Brain and Behaviour

- PHDE0031 Research and Analytical Methods in Psychology

- PHDE0017 Cognitive Development in Typical and Atypical Populations

In Year 2, students will be expected to complete one compulsory module and the dissertation, totaling 90 credits. 

- PHDE0016 Social and Individual Development

- PHDE0020 Dissertation on Child Development

Flexible

Modular-flexible route:

Modular flexible students will be expected to complete 180 credits across five years. Students can select the number of modules studied in a given year over a five-year period. This must be in agreement with the department and the selected modules must follow the same sequence as full- or part-time student.

It is recommended that Research and Analytical Methods in Psychology is taken at the start of the programme and the dissertation should be taken in the final year. If you are a continuing student, please do not select any module you have taken previously.

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Child Development.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Online - Open day

Graduate Open Events: IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society Virtual Event series

Find out more about our wide range of programmes in education, social science and social policy and psychology and human development at our graduate open series running from 31 January to 10 February 2022. The events will include the opportunity to meet the programme teams, learn more about our programmes and ask any questions you have about studying at IOE.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £10,800 £5,400
Tuition fees (2022/23) £24,000 £12,000

Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.

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

Additional costs

Students should take into account any travel, accommodation and expenses involved in their report or dissertation.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

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

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 £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021