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Child Development - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

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.

Degree information

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. Participants have the opportunity to conduct research that contributes to the field of child development.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits), an optional module (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma, three core modules (90 credits), one optional module (30 credits), full-time one year or flexible study up to four years, is offered. A Postgraduate Certificate, two core modules (60 credits), flexible study up to two years, is offered.

Core modules
-Developmental Psychology
-Methodology and Statistics
-Social Development

Optional modules - Psychology graduates can take any optional module. Graduates seeking BPS accreditation must take either Atypical Development or Language Development
-Atypical Development
-Language Development
-or other approved Master's level modules

All students undertake an independent research project.

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, and computer workshops giving hands-on practice. Assessment is through coursework involving exercises in statistics and methodology, and extended pieces of writing on set topics as well as the dissertation.


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:
-College Lecturer, Morley College
-Senior Lecturer, Middlesex University
-Mentor, The National Autistic Society
-MRes in Research Methods in Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London
-Behavioural Support Practitioner, Care UK and studying Advanced Professional Diploma Positive Behaviour Support, NHS Wales (Gwasanaeth Iechyd Gwladol Cymru)

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?

Psychology and Human Development has more developmental psychologists than most psychology departments. The Institute of Education houses major longitudinal studies such as the Millennium Cohort Study. It is conveniently located for attending research seminars in neighbouring colleges and Institutes, such as the Birkbeck Babylab and the Institute of Child Health. In addition to the Institute’s extensive library and online resources, students have access to Senate House, which contains the British Psychological Society collection.

Our alumni include professors of developmental psychology, educational psychologists, and clinical psychologists. The programme provides the opportunity for suitably qualified applicants to gain the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society.

Visit the Child Development - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, either in psychology or a related subject, that has been accredited by the British Psychological Society, OR: A minimum of a second-class Bachelor’s degree that contains at least 60 credits (excluding year 1) in the five core areas of psychology (Biological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Personalities and Individual Differences and Social Psychology).

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