Full-time: One year, Part-time: Two years minimum.
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
The MSc Psychology of Child Development is designed to advance your knowledge of child psychology and research skills, and is ideal for graduates in Psychology or related subjects and professionals working with children as continued professional development. You’ll further your knowledge through a number of exciting taught modules and an independent research project tailored to your individual interests. You’ll have access to state-of-the-art research facilities including our specialist Child Observation Suite (COS) which you can utilise as part of your research project. There are opportunities to work to participate in research conferences, peer reviewed publications or work as a research assistant. Our current students regularly publish alongside academics in peer-review journals.
Students should have a minimum of an upper second class honours degree in Psychology or an equivalent qualification with sufficient psychology content and research skills, including a suitable dissertation/research project, to enable them to undertake the course.
Students with a relevant lower second class honours degree, but showing a good final year performance, including a good quality dissertation/research project, will be considered on an individual basis.
A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent qualifications.
The date of the next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be confirmed soon, in the meantime please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.
Taught modules account for two thirds of the course and focus on psychology in the classroom, understanding how child behaviours impact on their development, and the impact of types of bullying and anti-social behaviour on children. The remainder of the course is based on an advanced project where you will be expected to complete an original piece of empirical research in psychology. Staff members with a range of expertise in child development will supervise your research project, and guest lecture visits is an integral feature of the programme to enhance your learning experience. A range of coursework assessments are used to examine your progress.
You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
Full-time: £6,300 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £3,150 per year for first 2 years (UK/EU)
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.
The School’s provision is recognised by the British Psychological Society. We continuously engage with employers to make sure our curriculum delivers the skills and knowledge industry needs. These include a number of professionals from various sectors, including NHS Trusts, patient groups, medical practitioners, allied health professionals, the Prison Service, police forces, local education authorities, schools and professional sports organisations.
We aim to provide the best possible facilities for our students. The School is based in the multi-million pound purpose-built Darwin Building. There are specialist teaching and research labs, whilst the Building also includes a state-of-the-art lecture theatre and computer rooms. The modules are delivered in a variety of ways, for example, the advanced methods module is taught via lectures and SPSS workshops. The three child development modules are taught by lectures, interactive workshops and directed reading. The advanced research project involves individual meetings with a supervisor. Assessment is by 100 per cent coursework.
Teaching takes place on a Tuesday, between 3-9pm, to support those of you with full-time jobs or family commitments, and the course can be completed over 1 year (full-time) or 2 or more years (part-time).
In addition, the aim is to provide coverage of a variety of current topics that will give a good overview of current research and theoretical perspectives in the Psychology of Child Development.
Child Observation Suite (COS)
The COS is a large observation room with mirrored walls, equipped with video and audio recording equipment; an L-shaped researcher room from which to observe, including a fully equipped teaching facility with a video editing suite and remote controls for video cameras; a comfortable and fully equipped waiting room suitable for adults and children. You will be able to observe a hands-on replication of Mary Ainsworth’s Strange Situation, exploring differences between children in their levels of parental attachment and their nurtured behaviour, via their exploration of the play room.
We offer a number of places to students who wish to pursue research degrees (MSc by Research/MPhil/PhD). For more information, please visit Research.
There are opportunities to work to participate in research conferences, peer reviewed publications or work as a research assistant. Our current students regularly publish alongside academics in peer-review journals.