Taught course

Applied Developmental Psychology

University of Derby · College of Life and Natural Sciences

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Entry requirements

Applicants from Psychology backgrounds will usually be required to have at least a 2:1 Honours degree in Psychology, which is recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and have Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the BPS. A 2:2 honours degree in Psychology may be accepted if the applicant has relevant work experience or can demonstrate an ability to study at Level 7 through the completion of other post-graduate study. Applicants with a Joint Honours degree in Psychology or with an undergraduate degree that contains at least 60 credits of Psychology may also be considered.

Applicants from Non-Psychology backgrounds will be required to have a 2:1 or above honours degree in an area allied to Psychology or an equivalent qualification. In addition, those applicants with non-GBC qualifications, with lower academic qualifications (e.g. a 2:2 classification) and experience, or those with Non-Psychology qualifications in an area allied to Psychology entry will normally be invited to an interview with the programme leader, or nominated representative, to establish suitability for and commitment to the programme. For overseas students this will be conducted over the telephone or by Skype if possible.

Months of entry


Course content

Practical, inspirational and challenging, this MSc will open up exciting new directions for your career and research pursuits as a psychologist.

  • 100% of our students are satisfied with the overall quality of the course (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2019)
  • Gain an up-to-date, in-depth understanding of the dynamic discipline of developmental psychology
  • Learn how developmental psychology theory and research can be harnessed in education, child care and many other employment settings
  • Apply theory to practice through live demonstrations, practical workshops and placement opportunities
  • Be inspired by our expert teaching team whose influential research underpins the course and brings a new dimension to your learning
  • Conduct experiments in our specialist facilities, including a video observation suite, EEG, eye tracking equipment and a psychology test bank
  • Build skills and knowledge which are invaluable in many careers from health and social care to education
  • Take your ambition to the next level: this course is an ideal platform for PhD study or further training in developmental, educational or clinical psychology

Our innovative new MSc gives you the chance to seize the many career and research opportunities emerging from the dynamic and evolving discipline of developmental psychology.

Information for international students

International students should hold a 2:1 or above or an international equivalent. If English is not your first language, you will need to hold IELTS 6.0 or above.

Fees and funding

Funding your studies

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

Scholarships and bursaries

We also offer a number of funding opportunities for all International students, including discounts, scholarships and bursaries.

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

Course contact details

Dr Christopher Barnes
01332 592216