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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

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  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time. 2 years part-time,

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  • Course Fees

    Please see The University of Lincoln website for up-to-date information.

  • Last Updated

    25 July 2019

The Course

The MSc Developmental Psychology focuses on the social, emotional and cognitive development of children and is designed for graduates and practising psychologists who wish to acquire a specialism in child development.

The School of Psychology has a growing reputation as a centre of expertise in developmental psychology, with research interests in cognitive development, language acquisition, autism, motor development, human-animal interaction, child safety and injury prevention, cultural contexts of development. Research in the School is finding immediate real-world applications. For example, studies into the misinterpretation of canine facial expressions have led to a prevention tool to reduce instances of children being bitten by dogs.

You may have access to the specialist Lincoln Infant and Child Development Lab, which is equipped with facilities for preferential looking, listening and eye-tracking as well as a motor lab and research facilities for examining comparative cognitive development.

How You Study

The programme starts every year in September. Teaching is predominantly delivered on a Monday and Tuesday, although students may be expected to attend on other days of the week. Part-time students may attend on one of those days.The programme is taught by experienced research-active staff with a background in developmental psychology, supported by staff from various Schools across the College of Social Science, thereby contributing to a multidisciplinary learning environment.

On some occasions teaching is shared with other Master's programmes, providing opportunities to interact with students from MSc Forensic Psychology and MSc Psychological Research Methods.

The School of Psychology has a thriving research seminar programme in which national and international researchers present their work, which in many cases is directly linked to issues in developmental psychology.

The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, research and one-to-one learning.

Students are expected to engage in at least 2-3 hours of independent self-study for each contact hour.


For more information on specific modules please visit

How You Are Assessed

Assessments for this course are diverse and could include a research proposal, essay, case study, literature review, research report or presentation.

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




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