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Developmental and Educational Psychology - MSc

Course Description

This programme offers a comprehensive research training in developmental and educational psychology. It is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council and can lead to further study at doctoral level.

Degree information

Students will develop in-depth knowledge of specialised research skills, and be able to use a broad range of methods to critically appraise and conduct rigorous research in the field. Students learn how to assess the contribution of psychology to policy goals and how to evaluate education policies.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules
-Methodology and Statistics
-Qualitative Data Analysis

Optional modules
-Development Psychology (30 credits) OR Personality and Social Psychology (30 credits) OR Cognitive Development and Learning (30 credits)
-Social Development (30 credits) OR Core Topics in Psychology of Education (30 credits)

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words.

Teaching and learning
This programme is delivered through a combination of lectures by UCL Institute of Education academic staff and guest speakers, group work, discussion, and computer workshops giving hands-on practice. Assessment is through coursework examination. Coursework involves small exercices conducted throughout the module, critiques of set research articles and extended pieces of writing on set topics and the dissertation.


Graduates of this programme are currently working as researchers in the public and private sectors or are engaged in PhD study.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Trainee Work Psychologist, Jobcentre Plus
-Family Support Worker, Action for Children
-Assistant Psychologist, Universitas Gadjah Mada (Gadjah Mada University)
-Special Support Assistant, St. Anthony's School

This programme provides valuable preparation either for doctoral study or for a research career in the academic community, the public sector or in industry.

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 - students learn from leading researchers in the field. For the third year in succession the IOE has been ranked as the world's leading university for Education (QS World University Rankings 2016). Our alumni include government ministers; heads of schools, other educational institutions and NGOs; Olympians; and prize-winning authors.

Visit the Developmental and Educational Psychology - MSc 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 one) in the five core areas of psychology (Biological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Personalities and Individual Differences and Social Psychology).

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