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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 higher research degrees or employment as a researcher.

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits), an optional module (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma, three core modules (90 credits), one optional module (30 credits), full-time one year or flexible study up to four years, is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate, two core modules (60 credits), flexible study up to two years, is offered.

Core modules

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Methodology and Statistics
  • Social Development

Optional modules

Psychology graduates can take any optional module.

Graduates seeking BPS accreditation must take either Atypical Development or Language Development

  • Atypical Development
  • Language Development
  • or other approved Master's level modules

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures delivered both by UCL Institute of Education academic staff and guest speakers, group work, and computer workshops giving hands-on practice. Assessment is through coursework involving exercises in statistics and methodology, and extended pieces of writing on set topics as well as the dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Child Development MSc

Careers

Graduates are currently working as:

  • educational or clinical psychologists
  • practising psychologists in the field of child development in the public and private sectors
  • PhD students.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • College Lecturer, Morley College
  • Mentor, National Autistic Society
  • MRes in Research Methods in Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Behavioural Support Practitioner, Care UK

Employability

This programme will prepare participants for progression to higher research degrees, employment as researchers or professional training to work with children and young people applying their psychological knowledge.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Psychology and Human Development has more developmental psychologists than most psychology departments. The Institute of Education (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.

Our alumni include professors of developmental psychology, educational psychologists, and clinical psychologists.

The programme provides the opportunity for suitably qualified applicants to gain the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Psychology & Human Development

78% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.


Visit the Child Development (MSc/PGDip/PGCert) page on the University College London website for more details!

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