The MSc in Applied Child Psychology looks at the advanced study of psychological development with regard to children and adolescents. It focuses on the implications of psychological theory and research for policy and practice across a range of applied settings, for example, education, clinical and social contexts.

About the MSc Applied Child Psychology course

The MSc Applied Child Psychology combines an in-depth critical evaluation of current theory pertaining to psychological development in children and adolescents with advanced training in relevant research methods.

The implications of psychological theory for policy and practice in various areas, including education, clinical and social contexts are also considered. This an ideal course for anyone wanting a career that involves working with children or for those interested in securing a doctoral training place in educational psychology.

A supportive and active research environment

Throughout the course, you will benefit from research-informed teaching. You may be interested in finding out about our Development, International and Social Relations research group, Language and Psycholinguistics research group and Specific Language Impairment Research Unit.

Psychology at NTU has an established international research reputation and is one of the top risers in the REF 2014 research rankings. The 2014 Assessment also showed:

  • 60% of our research outputs were considered to be internationally excellent or world leading in REF 2014
  • 100% of our research impact is internationally excellent with 73% described as world-leading

Our research impact and output is the highest of any UK psychology department with an equivalent research environment.


Students generally choose the MSc Applied Child Psychology because they wish to pursue a career working with children (as a teacher, support worker, and so on).

Many already work with children and complete the course in order to improve their prospects of promotion and career progression. Others see the qualification as a means of helping to secure a path to teacher training or a doctoral training place in educational psychology. It is also possible to pursue an academic and/or research career in child / developmental psychology following graduation (by working as a research assistant or associate, for example, or by studying for a PhD).

Your qualification in psychology is likely to be popular with a whole range of potential employers because you will have demonstrated an ability to write essays and reports, to master advanced statistics and to talk and present in front of other people (amongst other transferable skills).

Careers and job application advice is available to all our postgraduate students and is provided on a one-to-one basis by a subject specialist within the Division, supported by the university-wide careers service.

The job titles below give an indication of the careers our recent Psychology graduates are pursuing:

  • Academic learning mentor
  • Assistant psychologist
  • Learning support assistant
  • Psychologist
  • Teaching assistant.

We're very proud of the achievements of our many graduates and look forward to helping you graduate to a successful career.

Entry requirements

  • You will need an undergraduate degree (minimum 2.1) in Psychology, or an allied discipline (supported by the relevant experience of working with children) or other recognised equivalent qualification. Allied disciplines include childhood studies, behavioural sciences, education, social sciences and speech or language therapy.
  • Applicants without such qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but will be required to demonstrate how their experiences and knowledge would enable them to study this course at master's level in their Personal Statement.
  • Your application form requires a written statement in which you should outline reasons for wishing to undertake the MSc Applied Child Psychology. We will be looking to ensure that you have a sound rationale for joining the course based on a realistic appreciation of the discipline and profession of psychology.

Fees and funding

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Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated May 3, 2019
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