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Family and Child Psychology MSc

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Full time | Parkgate Road Campus | 1 year | OCT-22

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Parenting Child Psychology Youth Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Course overview

Our exciting course focuses on contemporary issues in family and child psychology, exploring critical issues as families and society become increasingly diverse. Furthermore, our course offers the opportunity to study the interface between family and child psychology and social policy, making its content relevant to students with diverse career objectives.

Why study this course with us?

This course provides an excellent opportunity to study the psychology of the child and family in context, engaging with, and being taught by, leading experts in the field. With a heavily applied focus, you will learn, explore, and examine how theory can be used to explain contemporary issues in the area while undertaking training in research methodology and practical issues. You will also join the Family, Infant and Child research group and to take part in School of Psychology seminars.

Our course also emphasises employability skills, embedding a range of professional and practical skills in all the modules.

Teaching methods

Based in the School of Psychology, you will be taught in small group lectures and take part in seminars, practical workshops, and discussion groups, and be supported through individual tutorials and online activities.

Formal lecture contact is six hours per week (with an expected 18-24 hours’ independent study per week), with additional tutorial and support sessions as required.


You will be assessed entirely through coursework, including a grant proposal, research dissertation, laboratory reports, a reflective essay, a literature review, a clinical report, an oral presentation, and a dissemination exercise.

Job prospects

Graduates from our programme progress into a diverse range of roles working with children and their families in psychological, social work, forensic, health and charitable settings. Graduates may also progress to further study at doctoral level. You will also gain PGCert and PGDip awards in this course.


This module introduces students to the essentials of psychological research, and includes an introduction to qualitative methods, questionnaire and survey methods and quantitative methods and experimental methods. Overviews of qualitative methodologies are given (e.g. observational studies, interviews, case studies, content analysis, thematic analysis, grounded theoretical approaches). Thematic / content analysis are explored in more detail.

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Entry requirements

You need an undergraduate honours degree (minimum 2:2) in psychology, or other social science degrees that contain an acceptable component of psychology. Applications from professionals working with children and families and who have degrees in other areas will also be considered on an individual basis.

University information

From a teaching college established in 1839, to becoming the University of Chester in 2005, over 180 years of academic growth has allowed the University to offer an extensive selection of postgraduate courses and research options across a number of specialist sites. This includes five sites in and around Chester, a campus in Warrington, a University Centre in Shrewsbury, and a new health and nursing education facility, Marriss House, in...more