MScs in Child Psychology

Compare 9 Master of Science Programs in Child Psychology

A Master of Science is an advanced degree earned in the fields of science, mathematics or the social sciences. A master’s degree program is a more intensive study over a given subject, and it typically takes two years to complete.

What is an MSc in Child Psychology? Child psychology is the study of children’s emotional and cognitive processes, particularly in the context of mental illness and disturbance. This type of degree program is designed to educate students on the research methods, learning theories, ethics and treatment applications of psychology to work professionally with children and adolescents. Coursework may include assessment, intervention and communication tactics that can be used to confront the needs of children. Many graduate programs include research and internship opportunities.

In the field of child psychology, learners are often strong communicators, which is a beneficial trait for professional and private relationships. Many students in this field are highly empathetic with an instinct for creative problem-solving.

There are many factors involved when calculating the total cost of earning a master’s degree. Private universities or schools with longer programs may cost more. To find more information on a school’s tuition, try contacting admissions offices directly.

Earning a master’s degree in child psychology can help students pursue higher-paying careers than those with a bachelor degree. While many go on to work as child psychologists in the health sector, there is a multitude of options available. School psychologists use the knowledge learned from an advanced degree to help schoolchildren experiencing emotional or learning difficulties in school. Developmental psychologists can also work with learning institutions to explore how humans grow and change over the course of life.

Earning a master’s degree can be a great way for students to prepare for higher paying jobs or for doctoral study. The growing availability of online courses is making it even easier for scholars to earn a degree. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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MSc Child Psychology

Kingston University London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom Kingston upon Thames + 1 more

This course looks at research in child psychology, focusing on the advanced study of psychological development in children and the implications of psychological theory and research for policy and practice. It is ideal if you would like to start or promote a career working with children in areas such as teaching and social work; it also provides an excellent foundation for pursuing a research career in child/developmental psychology. [+]

Choose Kingston's Child Psychology MSc

This course looks at research in child psychology, focusing on the advanced study of psychological development in children and the implications of psychological theory and research for policy and practice. It is ideal if you would like to start or promote a career working with children in areas such as teaching and social work; it also provides an excellent foundation for pursuing a research career in child/developmental psychology.

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Aimed at childcare professionals, including teachers, paediatric nurses and social workers, this course will develop their knowledge of child psychology and enhance their professional work. Areas of expertise include: psychosocial issues concerning living with facial disfigurement and impairment in childhood and adolescence; children's expertise in describing and recalling faces; reading development in blind children; phonological awareness and letter knowledge in reading development; bullying; the development of biological at-risk children (very pre-term); children's regulatory problems (crying, feeding, sleeping) and ADHD; autism, face processing and ‘Theory of Mind'; anxiety disorders; learning and the role of cognitions in fears and anxiety; language development in typical development and developmental disorders; pre-verbal infant cognitive, social and emotional development; and development of numerical abilities. What will you study? ... [-]

Master of Science in Pedagogical Sciences: Youth at Risk

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time 12 months September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

Are you interested in how social contexts affect the development of children, adolescents and young adults? Do you want to make a difference in the well-being of young people? The Master’s track Youth at Risk prepares you to become a scientist-practitioner in the field of preventive youth care, parenting and education, to enhance the development of youth at risk. [+]

Are you interested in how social contexts affect the development of children, adolescents and young adults? Do you want to make a difference in the well-being of young people? The Master’s track Youth at Risk prepares you to become a scientist-practitioner in the field of preventive youth care, parenting and education, to enhance the development of youth at risk.

Key topics In this Master’s track individual susceptibility to risk (genes, neurobiology, personality and cognitive ability) oppositional, defiant, and antisocial or delinquent behaviour in youths psychosocial problems, (social) anxiety and depressive moods child abuse, and foster and adoption family constellations learning disabilities, truancy, dropout, and school and teacher support factors intervention (induced) effects, effective elements, and implementation practices A Master about social contexts and youth development ... [-]

MSc Developmental Psychopathology in Education and Child Studies (Research)

Leiden University
Campus Full time 2 years February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The aim of this programme is to promote the scientific development of young academics on the path to becoming independent researchers within education and child studies and related disciplines. [+]

The aim of the research master’s programme Developmental Psychopathology in Education and Child Studies is to promote the scientific development of young academics on the path to becoming independent researchers within education and child studies and related disciplines.

Graduates are able to design, conduct and evaluate applied scientific research, and in doing this can make the link between (clinical) practice and science.

The programme Developmental Psychopathology in Education and Child Studies is designed in such a way that it can explicitly serve as preparatory training for a PhD position. The programme also offers the opportunity to specialise in the field of social work and youth care, which meets society’s need for academics who are trained in evidence-based clinical assessment and treatment for children and families with psychological problems.... [-]


Master in Developmental Psychology

University of Lincoln
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom Boston + 1 more

The MSc Developmental Psychology focuses on the social, emotional and cognitive development of children and is designed for graduates and practising psychologists who wish to acquire a specialism in child development. [+]

The Course

The School of Psychology has a growing reputation as a centre of expertise in developmental psychology, with research interests in cognitive development, language acquisition, autism, motor development, human-animal interaction, child safety and injury prevention, cultural contexts of development. Research in the School is finding immediate real-world applications. For example, studies into the misinterpretation of canine facial expressions have led to a prevention tool to reduce instances of children being bitten by dogs.

You may have access to the specialist Lincoln Babylab, which is equipped with facilities for preferential looking, listening and eye-tracking as well as a motor lab and research facilities for examining comparative cognitive development.... [-]


Developmental Psychology MSc

University of Dundee - School of Social Sciences
Campus Full time Part time 12 months September 2019 United Kingdom Dundee + 1 more

With a focus on infant and child development, the course addresses a comprehensive range of topics surrounding typical and atypical development. Different theoretical approaches to development will be explored together with consideration of comparative and cross-cultural approaches. You will be taught by academic staff at the forefront of psychological research and conduct a dissertation under their supervision. [+]

Overview

With a focus on infant and child development, the course addresses a comprehensive range of topics surrounding typical and atypical development. Different theoretical approaches to development will be explored together with consideration of comparative and cross-cultural approaches. You will be taught by academic staff at the forefront of psychological research and conduct a dissertation under their supervision.

A distinctive feature of our course is the opportunity to participate in ongoing research that the University is conducting in partnership with local Education Services for the Research in Practice module. This provides practical experience of conducting psychological research with young children. It also provides the chance to experience psychological work in 'real world' settings and in collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams of professionals.... [-]


Master in Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence

Utrecht University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Netherlands Utrecht

The two-year Master’s programme in Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence (DaSCA) gives you the theoretical and methodological background to analyse this development. [+]

How do socialisation contexts influence the development of children and adolescents?

Why is it that young males, in particular, tend to get involved in crime? Is it because they have the ‘wrong’ friends? Were they not socialised properly? Is it due to dispositional factors? Are there hereditary factors at work? From the day a child is born, his family and the culture in which he’s raised have a huge impact on his socioemotional development and psychological adjustment. As he grows up, his school and networks of friends and peers become more and more influential in his development. The two-year Master’s programme in Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence (DaSCA) gives you the theoretical and methodological background to analyse this development.... [-]


Master in in Early Childhood Education: Birth-Grade 2

Mercy College
Online Full time September 2019 USA Dobbs Ferry New York Yorktown Heights USA Online + 2 more

Teach infants, toddlers and young children about the world Influence a young child’s growth, development and learning with our M.S. in Early Childhood Education: Birth-Grade 2. [+]

Early childhood is a critical period in human development. Influencing a young child's growth, development, and learning during this stage has lifelong implications. Early childhood professionals can find their work deeply fulfilling as they witness children say their first words, paint their first pictures or learn to write their names.

At Mercy College, the 39-credit Master of Science in Early Childhood Education, Birth-Grade 2, prepares teacher candidates and early childhood professionals for New York State certification. Coursework, field experiences and clinical practice, such as student teaching, help candidates for a career in early childhood education.

Early Childhood Education candidates can pursue multiple certificates:... [-]


MSc in Applied Child Psychology

Nottingham Trent University School of Social Sciences
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom Nottingham + 1 more

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. [+]

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.... [-]


MSc in Psychological Research Methods (Child Development)

University of Stirling
Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months September 2019 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

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. [+]

Overview

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.... [-]