This Master's programme will deepen students' knowledge of child development and developmental psychology and prepare them for professional work with children and young people, or progression to higher research degrees or employment as a researcher.
See the website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/child-development-msc
- Application dates
Open: 19 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Special. Only the IELTS is accepted. Applicants must obtain an overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading subtest and 6.0 in the writing subtest.
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/international
This programme provides a high-quality education in the main theories, methods, and findings of psychological research relating to child development. The programme aims to enable independent learning and an approach to developmental psychology that is both informed and critical. You will understand the role of statistical tests in the testing and development of hypotheses and theories.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits), and either one optional module (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits), or two optional modules (60 credits) and a report (30 credits).
- Core Modules
Developmental Psychology and Psychobiology
Methodology and Statistics
or other approved Master's level modules
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in either a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words or a report of 6,000-7,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures delivered both by UCL Institute of Education academic staff and guest speakers, group work, discussion, computer workshops giving hands-on practice. Assessment is through coursework involving exercices in statistics and methodology, and extended pieces of writing on set topics as well as the report/discussion.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships
Graduates are currently working as:
- educational or clinical psychologists;
- practising psychologists in the field of child development in the public and private sectors;
- PhD students.
Top career destinations for this degree:
- Assistant Psychologist, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Trust (2011)
- Special Needs Assistant, West Byfleet Junior School (2012)
- Conference and Events Organiser, College of Emergency Medicine (2012)
- Consultation and Survey Analyst, Surrey Police (2013)
- Design and Technology Teacher, The Compton School (2013)
This programme will prepare participants for progression to higher research degrees, employment as researchers or professional training to work with children and young people applying their psychological knowledge.
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is one of the world's leading centres for education and related areas of social science - you will learn from cutting-edge researchers in the field. For the second year in succession the institute has been ranked as the world's leading university for Education (QS World University Rankings).
Our alumni include government ministers; heads of schools, other educational institutions and NGOs; and Olympians and prize-winning authors.
The programme provides the opportunity to gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society.
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
- Who can apply?
This programme is suitable for psychology graduates who wish to progress to research careers or professional training, or become eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Child Development at graduate level
- why you want to study Child Development at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.
For more information see our Applications page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply
A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, that has been accredited by the British Psychological Society, is required, either in psychology or related subjects that qualify for accreditation.