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Infancy and Early Childhood Development MSc

This programme explores the main theories, methods and research findings relating to infants and young children from a variety of perspectives, including psychology, education, and health, and also includes approaches to assessment and intervention.

Covid-19 programme updates

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.

Key information

Please note: application is no longer open for a September 2020 start.

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Flexible: 2-5 years

Application dates

Notification
We are sorry but this programme is not accepting applications for 2020/21 entry.

Tuition fees (2020/21)

UK/EU:
£11,040 (FT)
Overseas:
£26,380 (FT)


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.

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree in psychology, medicine or other health or education related topic from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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.

International students

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.

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About this degree

You will learn about the development of infants and young children (from in utero life to five years of age) the perspective of a range of disciplines, including psychology, education, medical, health and social-related perspectives.

You will learn about the impact of typical and atypical development; maternal/primary caregiver and broader environmental factors; and settings including nurseries and other informal learning settings. You will also explore the importance of early social skills and specific childhood disorders and medical conditions. You will be exposed to age-specific tools for evaluating typical and atypical development, and to intervention methods appropriate for certain neurodevelopmental disorders. There will be optional modules to allow specialisation within the areas of psychology, education and health, and you will undertake a research project under supervision.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four compulsory modules (60 credits), two to four optional modules (60 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits). The optional modules are chosen from a set of approved modules.

A Postgraduate Diploma, four core modules (60 credits), two to four optional modules (60 credits), full-time one year or flexible study up to five years, is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate, four core modules (60 credits), part-time one year or flexible study over a period of up to two years, is offered

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Infancy and Early Childhood Development. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Infancy and Early Childhood Development. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Infancy and Early Childhood 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.

Compulsory modules

All compulsory modules from the following list must be taken

  • Applied Statistics for Health Research 1
  • Prenatal and Newborn Development
  • Infant Development
  • Preschool Years
  • Research Project for Infancy and Early Childhood Development

The course includes lectures by clinicians from Great Ormond Street Hospital and Institute of Child Health, as well as other UK hospitals, to cover health issues that affect newborns, infants and young children.

Optional modules

60 credits of optional modules drawn from the following list:
(all modules are worth 15 credits unless stated otherwise)

  • Nutrition, Growth and Physical Activity
  • Infant and Neurodevelopmental Assessment
  • Safeguarding and Children in Society
  • Child Public Health
  • Fetal and Perinatal Medicine
  • Disability and Development
  • Perinatal Epidemiology and Maternal Health
  • Atypical Development (30 credits)
  • Cognitive Development and Learning (30 credits)
Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study.  We have included these updates below:   The following modules are unavailable: CHLD0027, Infant Development (CHLD0028), Prenatal and Newborn Development (CHLD0029), Preschool Years (CHLD0030), Research Project for Infancy and Early Childhood Development (CHLD0031). These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available.  

Dissertation/research project

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme will be delivered via lectures, seminars and web-based materials (e.g. reading, videos); students will be evaluated by written work (essays, commentaries, research thesis) and presentations.

Compulsory modules are delivered as blocks of study normally over 7 consecutive weekdays.  Face to face contact for each of these is typically 9:30-5:30.

Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

Additional costs

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

Accessibility

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

Funding

Visit the funding and studentship pages of the GOS ICH website for details of funding available to students, including the GOS ICH bursary.

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

Careers

You will gain skills and knowledge relevant to PhD-level study; a career in early childhood development research; or roles within the medical/educational professions working with infants and young children. 

Employability

During the programme, you will acquire a solid knowledge and theoretical base of child development, environmental influences, medical and educational aspects within the prenatal to five-year period. You will meet and have opportunity to network with professionals from diverse fields including paediatricians, neurologists, psychologists, health visitors, play specialists and early-years educators. You will be exposed to a range of evaluation and treatment/intervention approaches and acquire research method, analysis and communication skills, including those for communicating research to the general public.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health is a world leader in the delivery of paediatric healthcare, research and education, and this programme will also take advantage of collaboration with other expert departments within UCL, thereby providing unique opportunities to interface across disciplines. This programme aims to integrate psychological development, education, medical aspects and health and social-related factors. Exposure to these topics will ensure you gain an understanding of the many variables relevant to early childhood development.

Department: Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

Application and next steps

Applications

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 course is aimed at those wishing to gain exposure to high quality academic debate and key research issues in early years of childhood development.

Application deadlines


For more information see our Applications page.

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