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The MSc in Child Development is designed to prepare psychology graduates for the next stage of their career in research or applied areas of psychology.

ABOUT THE COURSE

Application closing date: 31st July

The MSc in Child Development is designed to prepare psychology graduates for the next stage of their career in research or applied areas of psychology. 

Keele has a vibrant, well-established and ever-expanding community of researchers in child development. Students will benefit from their expertise across a wide range of areas including child social development (e.g. bullying and peer relationships), child cognitive development (e.g. theory of mind, attention in autism and ADHD) and education (e.g. girls and science and enhancing collaborative learning in the classroom).

MSc students are made to feel part of this research culture both through the formal modules and through involvement in research seminars and meetings.

Students become members of the new Children and Young People’s Research Network through which the teaching of the advanced study module is delivered.

KEY FEATURES OF YOUR MSC PROGRAMME IN PSYCHOLOGY WILL INCLUDE: 

  • Strong focus on your personal skills development throughout the course to help you pursue your career goals
  • Opportunities to pursue your personal interests with expert support
  • A broad range of research methods training to maximise your employability skills
  • Small group specialist teaching in your chosen field from research-active tutors
  • A large cohort of MSc students sharing the core modules provides a lively and supportive peer community

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AIMS OF THE COURSE

The programme provides taught content and research training in a range of areas in Child Development, building on areas of staff research expertise.

Strengths include: children’s peer relationships, e.g. bullying in schools, teenage relationship abuse; eye movements in children with autism and ADHD; children’s face recognition; interrogative interviewing of vulnerable child witnesses; children’s use of humour; social influences on learning, such as how teachers use feedback in the classroom; how to promote collaborative learning; factors that influence children’s subject choices, e.g. girls and science; children’s musical development and engagement; and parenting, e.g. interactions at family mealtimes.

We have well-established links with local schools and have created research partnerships where students come to the university to experience learning in a university setting as well as allowing our students to gain valuable experience working and collecting data in a school setting. We also run the project White Water Writers which gives groups of young people the chance to write and publish their own full length novel in a week. We work with local primary, secondary, SEN and other youth groups such as with looked after children, and MSc students are given the opportunity to take the lead in running this project.

COURSE CONTENT

Our MSc Psychology programmes are designed to foster a vibrant and collaborative peer culture amongst our MSc students. Several of our modules are shared by all four of our MSc psychology programmes. We also know it’s vital that you develop the advanced specialised skills you will need to pursue careers in your chosen fields. Throughout your MSc degree you are supported and encouraged to focus your work to help you conduct in-depth explorations of your specialist subjects and personal interests.

You will undertake a double weighted Advanced Study module in MSc Child Development (30 Credits).

The teaching for this module is delivered through the new Children and Young People’s Research Network. The module aims to deepen students’ knowledge and understanding of key concepts, theories and research evidence on child development and to develop their critical awareness of current issues and new insights in this area of psychological research. There is a key focus on the ethical and practical issues associated with conducting research with children and young people. Topics can include: children’s humour, children and face perception, children and advertising, bullying in schools.

All MSc Psychology undertake the following core modules designed to help you engage with the pluralistic nature of psychology and understand the broader field within which your specialised interest sits:

  • Contemporary Research in Psychology (15 credits)
  • Advanced Research Skills and Design (15 credits)
  • Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis (15 credits)
  • Research Apprenticeship in Psychology (15 credits) 

In addition to the core modules all students can tailor their research methods training to suit their needs and interests by choosing one of the following option modules:

  • Qualitative Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Advanced Cognitive Neuroscience Research Methods (15 credits)

Research is a key emphasis in our programmes and you will be supported by a specialist tutor in your chosen field to undertake original research as part of the Research Preparation (15 credits) and Dissertation (60 credits) modules. 

TUITION FEES AND BURSARIES

For information on fees please see the latest information here for postgraduate fees.

There are a number of bursaries on offer to both home and overseas postgraduate students. Please see this page for more information.

MSc Psychology students can bid for funding support to attend conferences or other extra-curricular activities to support their studies or present their research.

CAREER DESTINATIONS

Many of our MSc graduates go on to take up positions working with children and young people, register for professional psychology training (e.g. educational psychology) or a PhD in psychology.


Visit the Child Development MSc page on the Keele University website for more details!

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