MSc Applied Developmental Psychology

  • DeadlineStudy Details:

    12 months (full-time); 27 months (part-time)

Course Description

The MSc in Applied Developmental Psychology focuses on cultivating developmental psychologists who are equipped to navigate the complex and multidimensional nature of promoting life chances and improving people’s wellbeing.

At the heart of our programme lies an ethos of embracing diverse perspectives, we empower our students to gain fresh insights and develop original ideas rooted in core principles of developmental psychology as we firmly believe that these ideas have the potential to bring about positive changes for young people and their families. To enable this our programme has several unique features.

Communities of Practice Our programme provides an enriching blend of advanced academic and practical training, designed to deepen your understanding of theoretical frameworks and key research. Through active engagement with multidisciplinary perspectives such as education, health, social work, law, and criminology, we emphasize the importance of research findings across communities and organisations. This emphasis enables you to connect research with policy and practice through our vibrant Communities of Practice.

Placement The placement is mandatory and students will have the opportunity to engage with a placement within an external partner organisation, specialising in supporting young people and families. This invaluable experience allows you to apply developmental science and problem-solving capabilities in a multi-professional environment.

Research with Impact Throughout the programme, we provide a series of workshops to nurture your advanced research skills, which are essential for both the placement intervention and the development of critical questions to explore in your dissertation. Our goal is to equip you with the necessary tools to become a proficient researcher and a catalyst for positive change.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a Second-Class Honours degree in a relevant discipline awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification.

An Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally the Criminal Records Bureau – CRB) is a requirement of entry onto this course


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Student Destinations

The programme provides a strong scientific background in developmental psychology that can be applied across all chartered professional and research areas in psychology and related disciplines. The potential to work with key stakeholders across a wide range of academic and applied settings places students in the best position to translate understanding of child development to multidisciplinary fields as well as engage in networking.

There is a strong focus on developing transferable skills; alongside effective communication, critical thinking, time management; we believe that the course offers a number of key opportunities to develop digital literacy and active citizenship skills.

Module Details

Applied Developmental Science, Policy and Practice (40 Credits compulsory)

Applied Developmental Psychology Placement (40 Credits compulsory)

Advanced Research Design and Analysis (40 Credits compulsory)

Applied Developmental Psychology Dissertation (60 Credits compulsory)

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