Lancaster is one of the largest centres for developmental psychology research in the world. This programme provides students with knowledge of advanced methods, analytical techniques, theories and major findings across a range of areas.
The course is delivered through a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, interactive discussion sessions, direct practical experience of modelling developmental phenomena, plus the gathering, analysing and presentation developmental data.
This course provides ESRC accredited training and is aimed at graduates who wish to progress to a PhD in Developmental Psychology, or seek to boost their research skills en route to clinical or educational psychology training, or for graduates who require additional developmental knowledge to apply to their work environment.
Modules Compulsory modules: • Conducting and Presenting Psychological Research • Developmental Psychology • Research Dissertation • Statistics for Psychological Research (two modules)
Optional modules (choose from topics in the following areas, which vary year-to-year and are aligned with our expertise): • Applied Aspects of Psychology • Cognitive Psychology • Developmental Psychology • Neuroscience • Social Psychology
I really enjoyed the MSc in Developmental Psychology and the friendly environment at Lancaster. All staff involved with the course were very approachable and helpful.
I was course representative and always felt able to make the students’ voice heard during staff-student meetings. There was a real feeling that the lecturers were genuinely interested to hear student feedback, responsive to student suggestions and would take any queries or concerns we students had very seriously.
During the first two term of the MSc I experienced material such as theories of infant and child development, how individuals grow and change over time, developmental cognitive processes, advanced statistical methods and presenting psychological research. In addition to the four compulsory modules, there were a broad range of optional modules available, from which I found it very difficult to only choose one! My eventual choice, ‘Developmental Disorders’, was very beneficial when it came to carrying out my MSc dissertation during the third term of my MSc, which involved studying how children with and without autism learn words.
Since finishing the MSc, I have progressed to PhD study at Lancaster, investigating language acquisition in typically and atypically developing children. I live on campus and I feel very privileged to be working within a very friendly and welcoming department, studying such an interesting topic and living within an environment that I love. I was instinctively drawn to Lancaster University when I first came to look around before starting the MSc and I still love it here. Lancaster’s awards for best University halls in the 2010 - 2013 National Student Housing Survey and its regular top ten position in the University League tables are both certainly well deserved. I recommend Lancaster University, both the psychology department and the University as a whole, to prospective students very strongly.
I decided to stay in Lancaster and after the MSc I worked for a couple of years as a support worker and then was admitted to the Lancaster University Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. I now work as a Senior Clinical Psychologist in adult mental health.
I have had a wonderful and very exciting career progression so far and I really enjoy what I do. The MSc has not been a formal requirement for the professional roles I have undertaken, but it really helped during my doctoral studies. The research experience and academic knowledge I gained during the MSc has really helped me to get through the very demanding DClinPsy studies.
So overall, I would say although the MSc was not a formal requirement for my next professional steps, it has practically helped me so very much and I have never regretted doing it - on the contrary. And my stay on campus was also lovely, it was an exciting year, I made some friends with whom I am still in touch and had a great time, which I still remember fondly!
The Department is delighted to offer a limited number of prestigious scholarships of up to £5,000 to students taking Masters courses in the Psychology Department in 2017. We will assess all eligible applicants who have received an offer up to and including 1st May 2017, there is no requirement to apply separately. The scholarships will be allocated on the basis of academic merit and with consideration of the successful applicant’s fee liability. Any remaining scholarships may be allocated up to 31st August 2017. We will contact you (using the email address on your application form) explaining the details and conditions if you are successful.
Value of Scholarship(s)
up to £5000.00
The Department is delighted to offer a limited number of prestigious scholarships of up to £5,000 to students taking Masters courses in the Psychology Department in 2017
The first round will be assessed after 1st May and there may be additional scholarships available until the end of August. All eligible students who have received an offer from us by 1st May 2017 will be considered for this first round, and successful candidates will be informed as soon as possible after that date.
Lancaster University will offer a reduction in tuition fees to all taught Master’s programmes for eligible applicants, determined by the level of undergraduate award achieved. The value of the scholarship is as follows: 20% fee reduction for 1st Class Hons degree holders 10% fee reduction for 2:1 Hons degree holdersWho is eligible?To be eligible for the Alumni Loyalty Scholarship you must either: Hold an undergraduate degree from Lancaster University (achieved at any time) or Hold an undergraduate degree from Lancaster University, achieved at any time, including one delivered through an associated institution, or Have graduated from one of our partner institutions with a Lancaster University degree (LU Ghana; Sunway University Malaysia; Goenka Institution India; or COMSATS Pakistan) or Have studied at Lancaster University via our Study Abroad programmeThe Scholarship is open to all our Alumni, regardless of their nationality or year of graduation. You do not need to apply for this scholarship, you will qualify automatically if you meet the eligibility criteria and the course entry requirements
Value of Scholarship(s)
Minimum of £739.00 for Full Time UK/EU (as an example)
To be eligible for the Alumni Loyalty Scholarship you must either: Hold an undergraduate degree from Lancaster University (achieved at any time) or Hold an undergraduate degree from Lancaster University, achieved at any time, including one delivered through an associated institution, or Have graduated from one of our partner institutions with a Lancaster University degree (LU Ghana; Sunway University Malaysia; Goenka Institution India; or COMSATS Pakistan) or Have studied at Lancaster University via our Study Abroad programmeThe Scholarship is open to all our Alumni, regardless of their nationality or year of graduation.
You do not need to apply for this scholarship, you will qualify automatically if you meet the eligibility criteria and the course entry requirements