Developmental and Educational Psychology MSc

London, Bloomsbury

This programme offers a comprehensive research training in developmental and educational psychology. It is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council as providing the basis for further study at doctoral level.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
£12,700
£6,350
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
£31,100
£15,550
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2024
Applications accepted
Applicants who require a visa: 16 Oct 2023 – 05 Apr 2024

Applications closed

Applicants who do not require a visa: 16 Oct 2023 – 30 Aug 2024
Applications close at 5pm UK time

Applications open

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree in psychology from a UK university, that has been accredited by the British Psychological Society, or 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). Alternatively, an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, either in psychology or a related subject.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 4

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.

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

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

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. Through the optional modules, students have the opportunity to develop an thorough understanding of the cognitive, neurobiological and social mechanisms involved in child development and education.

Who this course is for

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 who does not already have GBC.

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.

For the tenth year in succession IOE has been ranked number one for education (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023).

Our alumni include government ministers; heads of schools, other educational institutions and NGOs; Olympians; and prize-winning authors.

The foundation of your career

This programme provides valuable preparation either for doctoral study or for a research career in the academic community, the public sector or in industry.

Employability

Graduates of this programme are currently working as researchers in the public and private sectors or are engaged in PhD study.

Networking

Students will have opportunities to attend research centre seminars, journal clubs and research talks.

Accreditation

The MSc Developmental and Educational Psychology is an ESRC-accredited research training masters programme within the Psychology pathway of the UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership. It can therefore be taken as the '1' within the DTP's 1+3 (masters plus PhD) structure, or provide the basis for an application for +3 (PhD only) funding.

Teaching and learning

This programme is delivered through a combination of lectures by IOE academic staff , group work, discussion, and computer workshops giving hands-on practice.

Assessment is through coursework. Coursework involves small exercises conducted throughout the module, group work, critiques of set research articles, extended pieces of writing on set topics, pre-registered reports, grant proposals and 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 to make a total of 300 hours work per module. A further 15 hours are set aside for contact with supervisors for the dissertation, where the bulk of the work consists of independent research activity.

Modules

The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Part-time students will be expected to complete 180 credits, including two compulsory modules, two optional modules and an independent dissertation over two years. In Year 1, students will be expected to complete the two compulsory modules and one optional module, totalling 90 credits. In Year 2, students will be expected to complete the remaining optional module and the dissertation, again totalling 90 credits. 

Modular flexible students will be expected to complete 180 credits, including two compulsory modules, two optional modules and an independent dissertation, over five-years. 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 Advanced Quantitative Methods and Qualitative Data Analysis are taken at the start of the programme and the dissertation should be taken in the final year.

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 are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Developmental and Educational Psychology.

Accessibility

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Online - Open day

Graduate Open Events: Psychology and Human Development

Develop your knowledge and career in psychology education with the leading centre devoted to developmental psychology and its application in education and other real-world settings. We welcome you to book your place at our Virtual Open Event. You will meet our Programme Leaders, hear about the programmes you are interested in and have the chance to ask any questions you might have. These sessions are free and open to all.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £12,700 £6,350
Tuition fees (2024/25) £31,100 £15,550

Programme also available 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

Students can apply for funding to take this programme as the first part of a 1+3 award within the UCL, Bloomsbury and East London ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership. Preliminary applications for funding must be made by early January - see https://ubel-dtp.ac.uk/ for details.

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

IOE-Clarke Scholarships

Deadline: 3 May 2024
Value: Tuition fees, return flights and stipend (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: EU, Overseas

IOE-ISH Centenary Masters Scholarships

Deadline: 3 May 2024
Value: Tuition fees and accommodation (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: EU, Overseas

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 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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2024-2025

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