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Child Psychology MSc

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Child Psychology MSc

This course looks at research in child psychology, focusing on the advanced study of psychological development in children and the implications of psychological theory and research for policy and practice. It is ideal if you would like to start or promote a career working with children in areas such as teaching and social work; it also provides an excellent foundation for pursuing a research career in child/developmental psychology.

Aimed at childcare professionals, including teachers, paediatric nurses and social workers, this course will develop their knowledge of child psychology and enhance their professional work.

Areas of expertise include: psychosocial issues concerning living with facial disfigurement and impairment in childhood and adolescence; children's expertise in describing and recalling faces; reading development in blind children; phonological awareness and letter knowledge in reading development; bullying; the development of biological at-risk children (very pre-term); children's regulatory problems (crying, feeding, sleeping) and ADHD; autism, face processing and ‘Theory of Mind'; anxiety disorders; learning and the role of cognitions in fears and anxiety; language development in typical development and developmental disorders; pre-verbal infant cognitive, social and emotional development; and development of numerical abilities.

What you will study

Taught by researchers active in the field of child psychology, this MSc has a strong research focus, and you will be encouraged to approach empirical research critically. You will study four, year-long, 30-credit modules, including three core modules and one option module, plus a 60-credit dissertation.

You will be introduced to the theories of child psychology, considering them in relation to the real world, and will cover the empirical research and theories of developmental psychology, focusing on implications for policy and practice. You will also study the application of developmental psychology to social policy, such as social issues, education and school issues and health, and the factors influencing the development of children's relationships. You will consider both typical and atypical development, including a range of developmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorders, dyslexia, etc. Your dissertation enables you to study an area of interest in depth and gain valuable research skills.


Essays, in-class tests, presentations, unseen examinations, laboratory reports and dissertation.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules

Applications of Psychological Research
Cognitive Development
Development in Typical and Atypical Populations
Methods and Statistics for MSc Psychology.
Psychology Dissertation.

Optional modules to be confirmed.

What this course offers you

The Child Psychology MSc focuses on the implications of psychological theory and research for policy and practice. Option modules mean you can tailor the course to your own interests.
The dissertation gives you the chance to study an area of interest in greater depth and gain valuable research skills. For example, past students have studied:
how peer conversations facilitate emotion understanding; and
parent-child conversations in the British Museum.
Teaching staff are research-active, which keeps your learning cutting-edge.
The taught modules aim to prepare you for the job market. Alongside your academic studies, you gain skills in:
problem solving and organisation;
data collation, review and synopsis;
communication (oral, written and electronic);
time management;
computing; and
co-operation and teamwork.
The course is ideal if you have a personal or professional interest in child psychology. It also provides an excellent foundation for pursuing a research career in child psychology or developmental psychology.

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 7.0 overall with 7.0 in Writing and 5.5 in the other elements. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from one of the recognised Majority English Speaking Countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Child Psychology MSc page on the Kingston University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Alumni discount - 20+ Awards

All undergraduate alumni qualify for 10% off postgraduate taught course fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)



All Kingston Undergraduate alumni will receive 10% off postgraduate course fees.

Application Procedure

Automatically assessed on application, please ensure you state that your undergraduate degree was awarded by Kingston University.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Normally a 2:1 honours degree or above in psychology or a closely related discipline.Students must also be able to demonstrate mathematical competency equivalent to grade C or above at GCSE level.A pre-sessional course may be offered if you have a 2:2 honours degree in psychology or in a closely related discipline; or if you have a 2:1 honours degree or above in an unrelated discipline. You must obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check once enrolled.

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