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Psychology of Child Development

1 year
September 2024

Our MSc Psychology of Child Development course is designed to advance your knowledge of child psychology. It’s ideal for individuals who aim to pursue further postgraduate research or a career in child development. It also presents a great career development opportunity for professionals already working with children.

Why study with us

  • The course comprises of specialised, dedicated Child Development modules. Each module focuses upon different developmental psychology and is assessed entirely by coursework.
  • Learning is supported by dedicated Child Psychology Laboratories. Facilities such as The Child Observation Suite and Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, as well as over thirty extra laboratories.
  • Develop your skills in applying psychology in a range of developmental settings. The course includes a placement module and a project of your choice.

What you'll do

  • You’ll gain experience of developmental psychology in practice within an organisation such as a school, charity or childcare setting
  • You’ll design and conduct research which will further prepare you for a career in child development.
  • The teaching for this course takes place on one day of the week. This means you can divide your time between classroom and individual study and work around the other elements of your life.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Academic expertise

This course is built on the research expertise of the academic staff specialising in different areas of developmental psychology. We engage with employers to make sure that our curriculum is delivering the skills that the industry needs.

We work with 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.
Dr Reyhan Furman
Senior Lecturer in Developmental Cognition
School of Psychology and Humanities

Reyhan is currently a Senior Lecturer in Developmental Cognition. Reyhan works primarily on language development, and the central focus of her research has been to discover how children’s understanding and use of bodily actions influence their language learning.

Dr Jo Bryce
Senior Lecturer
School of Psychology and Humanities

Jo's research interests and teaching focuses on the psychological, social and forensic aspects of the Internet and related technologies, with a specific focus on their use by young people, associated risk exposure and internet safety. This aims to inform evidence-based approaches…

Future careers

You'll be given opportunities and support for career development throughout this course. The course has a dedicated placement module that is taken only by students studying on this programme and is not shared with other courses. This provides a clear focus around opportunities to work in areas related to child psychology.

Fees and funding

Full-time£9,000 per year
Part-time£1,000 per 20 credits
Full-time£16,900 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Psychology and Humanities

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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