Taught course

Developmental Psychology

University of Dundee · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

You should hold, or expect to hold a first or second class (normally upper second class) honours degree in Psychology, conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society. All applicants will be assessed and approved by the Course Director and the MSc Board of Studies.

Months of entry


Course content

All applications should be received by 31st August 2016

The MSc in Developmental Psychology draws upon the recognised expertise of numerous research-active staff, and addresses a broad range of material, including the scientific study of infancy and childhood, and typical and atypical development.

The University of Dundee has specialised equipment, dedicated laboratories and world class research facilities. These include EEG labs, many eye tracking systems, 2D and 3D movement tracking systems, and offsite fMRI access via the Clinical Research Centre at Ninewells Teaching Hospital.

A distinctive feature of this course is that students have the opportunity to participate in the Fife Education Early Years Collaboration between Fife Council and this University for their Research in Practice module. Unusually, this provides 'hands on' experience of conducting psychological research with young children. It also gives students the chance to experience at first hand psychological work conducted in 'real world' settings.

This course will enable you to:

  • pursue and develop the advanced study of research methods in Psychology and in particular to address contemporary issues of epistemology, data collection, measurement and data analysis;
  • approach problems in research by critical evaluation of existing psychological paradigms and research literature and to apply this to current theoretical or applied issues in Psychology;
  • develop advanced research skills which will be relevant to policy and practice in the workplace;
  • develop and demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in research design, methodology and statistical analysis;
  • develop and demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of current research in a specialised field of experimental or applied Psychology;
  • engage in the analysis, synthesis, planning, execution and evaluation of research at an advanced level;
  • make an original contribution to scientific knowledge, methodology or practice in a research project either grounded in experimental psychology or in an applied area relevant to the learner's employment;
  • develop and practice dissemination and presentation skills to peers and to wider academic and professional audiences;
  • provide an advanced understanding of scientific issues in the chosen topic specialisation.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment40
Creative work20
Dissertation40 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Donna Hendry
+44 (0)1382 384454