Taught course

Applied Child Psychology

Keele University · Faculty of Natural Sciences

Entry requirements

This course is open to graduates with a first or upper second-class degree in psychology. Those who have studied childhood and family studies, working with children and families, child and youth, early years and childhood or an overseas equivalent are also encouraged to apply and an offer decision will be made on a case by case basis.

Months of entry


Course content

Please note, all course information including entry requirements relates to the 2022/23 academic year.

The MSc in Applied Child Psychology is designed to prepare psychology graduates for the next stage of their career in research or applied areas of developmental psychology.

Keele has a vibrant, well-established and ever-expanding community of researchers in child development. Students will benefit from their expertise across a wide range of areas including child social development (e.g. bullying and peer relationships), child cognitive development (e.g. theory of mind, attention in autism and ADHD), education (e.g. girls and science and enhancing collaborative learning in the classroom) and religion and supernatural beliefs.

MSc students are made to feel part of this research culture both through the formal modules and through involvement in research seminars and meetings.


  • Strong focus on your personal skills development throughout the course to help you pursue your career goals
  • Opportunities to pursue your personal interests in Applied Child Psychology with support from experts
  • A broad range of research methods training to maximise your employability skills
  • Small group specialist teaching Applied Child Psychology from research-active tutors
  • A large cohort of MSc students sharing the core Psychology modules provides a lively and supportive peer community

The programme provides taught content and research training in a range of areas in Applied Child Psychology, building on areas of staff research expertise.

We have well-established links with local schools and have created research partnerships where students come to the university to experience learning in a university setting as well as allowing our students to gain valuable experience working and collecting data in a school setting. We work with local primary, secondary, SEN and other youth groups such as with looked after children.

Information for international students


IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

The University also accepts a range of internationally recognised English tests.

If you do not meet the English language requirements, the University offers a range of English language preparation programmes.

During your degree programme you can study additional english language courses. This means you can continue to improve your English language skills and gain a higher level of English.

Fees and funding

For information related to fees and funding, please visit the individual course page on the Keele University website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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