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Developmental and Educational Psychology MSc

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Full time | London, Bloomsbury | 1 year | SEP-21

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Developmental Psychology Educational Psychology

Course type


Course Summary

This programme offers a comprehensive research training in developmental and educational psychology. It is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council as providing the basis for further study at doctoral level.

About this degree

Students will develop in-depth knowledge of specialised research skills, and be able to use a broad range of methods to critically appraise and conduct rigorous research in the field. Students learn how to assess the contribution of psychology to policy goals and how to evaluate education policies.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Developmental and Educational Psychology.

Teaching and learning

This programme is delivered through a combination of lectures by UCL Institute of Education academic staff and guest speakers, group work, discussion, and computer workshops giving hands-on practice. Assessment is through coursework. Coursework involves small exercises conducted throughout the module, group work, critiques of set research articles, extended pieces of writing on set topics, and the dissertation.

Each of the taught modules has 30 hours of contact time (lectures, seminars and group activity). Students are expected to supplement these contact hours via self-directed study to make a total of 300 hours work per module. A further 15 hours are set aside for contact with supervisors for the dissertation, where the bulk of the work consists of independent research activity.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is one of the world's leading centres for education and related areas of social science, and the Department of Psychology and Human Development is unique in the UK for its dedicated focus on developmental and educational psychology. Students therefore have the opportunity to learn from leading researchers in these fields.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

why you want to study Developmental and Educational Psychology at graduate level
why you want to study Developmental and Educational Psychology at UCL
what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme

where you would like to go professionally with your degree.

Who can apply?

This programme is suitable for those who wish to pursue a research career either in academia or the public or private sectors, or progress to further professional training.

This degree does not lead to the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society and is therefore not suitable for anyone wishing to embark on a career in educational psychology who does not already have GBC.


Graduates of this programme are currently working as researchers in the public and private sectors or are engaged in PhD study.


This programme provides valuable preparation either for doctoral study or for a research career in the academic community, the public sector or in industry.


Qualitative Data Analysis - Core
Advanced Quantitative Methods - Core

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Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, either in psychology or a related subject, that has been accredited by the British Psychological Society. Or: A minimum of a second-class Bachelor’s degree that contains at least 60 credits (excluding year one) in the five core areas of psychology (Biological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Personalities and Individual Differences and Social Psychology).