Taught course

Psychology of Child Development

University of Central Lancashire · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

Students should have a minimum of an upper second class honours degree in Psychology or an equivalent qualification with sufficient psychology content and research skills, including a suitable dissertation/research project, to enable them to undertake the course. Students with a relevant lower second class honours degree, but showing a good final year performance, including a good quality dissertation/research project, will be considered on an individual basis.

Psychology of Child Development

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Psychology of Child Development is designed to advance your knowledge of child psychology and research skills, and is ideal for graduates in Psychology or related subjects and professionals working with children as continued professional development. You’ll further your knowledge through a number of exciting taught modules and an independent research project tailored to your individual interests. You’ll have access to state-of-the-art research facilities including our specialist Child Observation Suite (COS) which you can utilise as part of your research project. There are opportunities to work to participate in research conferences, peer reviewed publications or work as a research assistant. Our current students regularly publish alongside academics in peer-review journals.

Teaching takes place on a Tuesday, between 3-9pm, to support those of you with full-time jobs or family commitments.

Taught modules account for two thirds of the course and focus on psychology in the classroom, understanding how child behaviours impact on their development, and the impact of types of bullying and anti-social behaviour on children. The remainder of the course is based on an advanced project where you will be expected to complete an original piece of empirical research in psychology. Staff members with a range of expertise in child development will supervise your research project, and guest lecture visits is an integral feature of the programme to enhance your learning experience. A range of coursework assessments are used to examine your progress.

Modules include:

  • Advanced Methods in Psychology;
  • Advanced Developmental Psychology Project;
  • Advanced Workplace Credit;
  • Aggression, Bullying & other Antisocial Behaviours in Childhood;
  • Child Behaviour and Impacts on Development;
  • Psychology in the Classroom

Information for international students

English Language requirements: A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent qualifications. See www.uclan.ac.uk/international

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
24 months
full time
9 months


full time
9 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Course enquiries
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