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Infancy and Early Childhood Development MSc

Infancy and Early Childhood Development MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Early Learning Childcare Skills

Course type


Course Summary

This degree programme explores the main theories, methods and research findings relating to infants and young children - five years and under - from a variety of perspectives, including psychology, education, and health, and also includes approaches to assessment and intervention. You will learn about the development of infants and young children (from in utero life to five years of age) the perspective of a range of disciplines, including psychology, education, medical, health and social-related perspectives. You will learn about the impact of typical and atypical development; maternal/primary caregiver and broader environmental factors; and settings including nurseries and other informal learning settings. You will also explore the importance of early social skills and specific childhood disorders and medical conditions. You will be exposed to age-specific tools for evaluating typical and atypical development, and to intervention methods appropriate for certain neurodevelopmental disorders. There will be optional modules to allow specialisation within the areas of psychology, education and health, and you will undertake a research project under supervision.

Child Health is a world leader in the delivery of paediatric healthcare, research and education, and this programme will also take advantage of collaboration with other expert departments within UCL, thereby providing unique opportunities to interface across disciplines. This programme aims to integrate psychological development, education, medical aspects and health and social-related factors. Exposure to these topics will ensure you gain an understanding of the many variables relevant to early childhood development. You will gain skills and knowledge relevant to PhD-level study; a career in early childhood development research; or roles within the medical/educational professions working with infants and young children. This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly. Students will take this course in flexible study mode also.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Prenatal and Newborn Development - Core
Research Skills - Core
Preschool Years - Core
Infant Development - Core

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

Students need to have a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree in psychology, medicine or other health or education related topic from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.