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Developmental Psychology (Interdisciplinary Studies) (MA)

The Developmental Psychology block is designed for practising teachers, educators and others with a personal or professional interest in the field of education. The block aims to provide opportunities for engagement with the key theories, concepts and ideas in education.

This block is part of the ‘Interdisciplinary Studies in Education’ suite of research-informed Masters provision. It offers each student a choice of awards that means they can tailor the available provision to their own research interests.

By studying at Liverpool Hope University, you will be joining an academic community with a strong record in educational research. You will study in a supportive learning environment and be encouraged to develop your own research profile.

Our Developmental Psychology block must be combined with one of the following blocks and indicated on your application form.

Curriculum Overview

The full Masters award requires you to gain 180 credits, including a 60 credit dissertation. The following modules are studied as part of the Developmental Psychology curriculum. The remaining credits should be made up from your other subject specialism.

Cognitive Development (30 credits)

This module will elaborate on diverse aspects of the development of human cognition. It will tackle both theoretical and methodological implications that lie within the field of cognitive psychology, by critically analysing cognitive mechanisms/processes that develop from birth into early and middle childhood. The module will be research-driven, providing space and opportunities for a deep understanding of theory and research that underpin major areas of cognitive development, such as perception, memory, attention, reasoning, executive functions and make key conceptual links with other sub-fields, such as neurocognition.

Developmental Psychology (30 credits)

The module will explore contemporary theoretical approaches within developmental psychology. It will be covering biological, cognitive, social cognitive, neuro-cognitive, social and emotional areas development. The module will also be both research informed with a specific focus on the inter-relationships with classic and contemporary research paradigms within infancy and and childhood development and current theorising. A range of research outcomes relating to deep critical awareness of current theoretical and methodological advances in developmental psychology and how these impact on current views of child development will be central to this module.

Teaching and Research

Research in the Faculty of Education is organised around two Research centres and forums:

Students taking a Masters in the Faculty of Education may find their work aligns with any or several of these groups, as the award is designed to allow individuals to study areas of education and teaching and learning in a wide variety of settings and contexts.


You will be able to structure your award to enhance your personal interests, career specific opportunities and potential for promotion to senior management and leadership. It will enable you to evaluate adults' and children's learning through research and postgraduate study. For teachers, this course will enhance opportunities to move beyond the threshold and become an 'excellent teacher'.

Students completing the MA will also be well placed to go on to a doctorate (EdD or PhD) at Liverpool Hope. 


Tuition fees for Home/EU students for 2019/20 are:



We offer a number of scholarships and loans to help fund your postgraduate studies. Visit our scholarships pages for more details.



If you are an international student, visit our international scholarships pages.

Visit the Developmental Psychology (Interdisciplinary Studies) (MA) page on the Liverpool Hope University website for more details!




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