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    12 months

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    08 November 2018


 With a focus on infant and child development, the course addresses a comprehensive range of topics surrounding typical and atypical development. Different theoretical approaches to development will be explored together with consideration of comparative and cross-cultural approaches. You will be taught by academic staff at the forefront of psychological research and conduct a dissertation under their supervision.

A distinctive feature of our course is the opportunity to participate in ongoing research that the University is conducting in partnership with local Education Services for the Research in Practice module. This provides practical experience of conducting psychological research with young children. It also provides the chance to experience psychological work in 'real world' settings and in collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams of professionals.

At Dundee, we have specialised equipment, dedicated laboratories and world-class research facilities. These include EEG labs, a variety of eye tracking technologies, 2D and 3D movement tracking systems and offsite fMRI access via the Clinical Research Centre at Ninewells Teaching Hospital. Learn more about our research facilities.

We are a small, friendly department which offers focused teaching and research in psychology. This means that we get to know our students and can provide them with the individual support they need throughout their studies. This is evidenced by our ranking in the top 10% of Psychology departments in the UK for student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2016).

Our MSc students have their own dedicated social and study areas within the Psychology building. There is an active student Psychology society, which organises social events. As Psychology is situated in the School of Social Sciences, it is easy to meet students from other disciplines (e.g. architecture and urban planning, business, geography, law, politics and economics) and to attend seminars outside psychology. This will allow you to situate your learning in a broader social context, as well as to make contact with other students who have come from across the world to study in Dundee. 

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

Teaching & Assessment

How you will be taught

  • Lectures and seminars
  • In-class group work
  • Workshops
  • Research seminars by invited speakers
  • Training and developmental opportunities (e.g. careers, CVs, presentation/interview skills)

You'll also take part in a research practicum based either in a lab in Psychology or in a ‘real world’ educational setting, providing a unique opportunity to work directly with both children and practitioners.

How you will be assessed

All our assessments are 100% coursework-based, including:

  • essays
  • small seminar-style presentations
  • statistics exercises and quizzes
  • research proposals/reports
  • poster presentation
  • research dissertation

What you will study

Core Modules

Advanced Modules

You will also select two advanced modules, usually from the following:


Students from this course have used the qualification to improve their chances of getting on to educational and clinical psychology courses. Others use the research training as a stepping stone to PhD research.

Several students have taken the course to move into jobs as support workers, Assistant Psychologists or have gone on to train as Speech & Language therapists. The higher degree generally improves job prospects when competing against Psychology graduates in other fields of business. 

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

Your Application

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

Visit the MSc Developmental Psychology page on the University of Dundee website for more details!





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