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Masters degrees in Child Psychology explore the developmental processes of children from a psychological perspective, examining how children learn to understand human interaction and the world around them.
Related postgraduate specialisms include Psychology of Child Development, Applied Child Psychology and Clinical Child Psychology. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Psychology, Child Development Studies or Social Work.
Child Psychology is key in understanding the way youngsters grow and develop in the ways that they do. By understanding the development of children from a psychological perspective, professionals can gain access to a great deal of insight about the causes of certain developmental defects, and also understand what is considered healthy (or normal) development.
For example, you might explore how impairments such as blindness, learning difficulties and behavioural issues hold implications for children as they grow into adolescents. Within this, you might explore how the family unit and other social factors may influence how well a child deals with these impairments.
Careers in this field are extremely broad, with traditional routes into work including positions in social work, paediatric nursing and teaching. Other roles may include policy-making or administration on behalf of governing bodies, regulatory authorities or charities.
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Children and youth around the world are growing up and living under very different circumstances, yet they still share many experiences. Read more
This postgraduate degree offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of childhood and youth – covering aspects of theory, policy and practice. Read more
This Applied Child Psychology Masters degree combines an in-depth look and critical evaluation of the advanced study of psychological development with regard to children and adolescents. Read more
How do children and adolescents develop? How do emotional and behavioural disorders emerge, and how can they be prevented? How can you use scientific knowledge to advise schools? In the Master’s programme Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, you will learn how to apply your knowledge of developmental psychology in clinical practice. Read more
This course looks at research in child psychology, focusing on the advanced study of psychological development in children and the implications of psychological theory and research for policy and practice. Read more
The MSc Psychology of Child Development is designed to advance your knowledge of child psychology and research skills, and is ideal for graduates in Psychology or related subjects and professionals working with children as continued professional development. Read more
This course provides full-time professional training leading towards registration with the Health and Caring Professions Council (HCPC) as an Educational Psychologist (this is a protected title). Read more
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. Read more
Learn about developmental, emotional and behavioural problems, relationships in childhood and adolescence, and cognitive development in the context of legal, health and educational settings. Read more
Work towards a clinical career with children, or take the next step towards a doctorate. Gain an advanced academic understanding of developmental disorders and childhood mental health; and investigate causes, assessment, classification and treatment. Read more