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Developmental and Educational Psychology MSc

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 and can lead to 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.

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 examination. Coursework involves small exercices conducted throughout the module, critiques of set research articles and extended pieces of writing on set topics and the dissertation.


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

Different course options

Full time | London, Bloomsbury | 1 year | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The course is designed for students with little or no initial knowledge and experience of qualitative analysis. It comprises a series of lecture/seminars and workshops led by the tutor, plus some complementary presentations/workshops by experienced researchers using a variety of styles of qualitative research and analysis. There is some flexibility in the programme and amendments are possible according to the interests of participants. The course will involve a consideration of a variety of strategies of qualitative analysis in order to develop an initial appreciation of the range of practices falling loosely under the umbrella of qualitative analysis: content analysis; ethnography; critical ethnography; pragmatic qualitative research; phenomenological analysis; systemic network analysis; discourse analysis; analysis of visual materials; policy documentary analysis; historical documentary analysis, etc. The course aims to introduce, present and examine the possibilities and problems of using information in the analytical process of constructing it into data in qualitative research for exploration, description and explanation of social and educational contexts and phenomena. It will consider opportunities and problems associated with research strategies which combine qualitative approaches with quantitative research techniques.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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).