This MSc is taught by our expert team of psychologists specialising in early childhood development. Its aim is to train you in how to conduct research into child development. This course is suitable for graduates in psychology or related subjects, as well as professionals working with children as part of their continued professional development.

We cover a range of topics, from social and cognitive development to autism and other atypical developmental issues, to the health psychology of infant feeding practices.

Teaching is grounded in practice with input from social psychologists, health psychologists, neuropsychologists and primatologists. As well as a month-long placement, you will also benefit from hands-on learning through our in-house playgroup, which is integral to teaching and research on the MSc.

You’ll be based in a dedicated MSc office at the university. You’ll also have an academic supervisor who supports and guides your development, including your research dissertation project.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 You’ll gain direct experience tailored to your career aspirations through a placement and our in-house playgroup

#2 100% of our Psychology research impact is rated as world-leading (REF2014)

#3 Your dissertation will allow you to carry out extensive research into a chosen aspect of child development

Work placements

You’ll carry out month-long placement in a relevant context.

Course details

The course is made up of four core modules, a research placement and a dissertation. We also offer some flexibility, allowing students to choose a module from another subject area if this can meet their personal training needs.


Teaching is done in a variety of ways, including tutorials, demonstrations and practical classes, but the majority is seminar-based.

You’re typically taught in small groups in specialist classes with first-year PhD students or other postgraduate students (for example, in modules from other MSc courses).

Course director

Dr Catherine Grainger, Course Director

Postgraduate Secretary

Linda Cullen

+44 (0) 1786 466854


Fees - 2018/2019

  • Overseas: £15,250
  • Home/EU: £6,300
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated November 14, 2018
This course is Campus based
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12 - 24 months
6,300 GBP
Overseas: £15,250 Home/EU: £6,300
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