Taught course

Applied Child Psychology

University of Sussex · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Your qualification should be in psychology or a closely related subject such as neuroscience. Successful applicants will need to demonstrate relevant experience and training in research skills, a high level of statistical ability, and will normally have completed a research project or dissertation as part of their undergraduate studies. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Months of entry


Course content

The wellbeing of children and young people concerns us all. How can we improve their experience and make a positive difference to their future?

On this course, you’ll gain an overview of current issues in child psychology. Across the key areas of education/school, home/family and mental health, you’ll explore current policies and their limitations. You’ll:

  • find out how psychological research can help us understand and support our practices
  • learn about specific influences on children’s learning and wellbeing, including the role of intervention and preventative approaches
  • develop an understanding of professional practice frameworks
  • explore the broad theoretical perspectives relevant to applied child psychology
  • gain skills in research design, analysis and ethics.

You’ll be based in the School of Psychology. Our research-practitioner approach to teaching is designed to prepare you for your work environment. You’ll have the opportunity to work with data from real-life applied psychology practice to experience casework first-hand.

When you graduate, you’ll be familiar with research, theory and applied practice, so you can make your contribution to supporting children and young people.

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and personal life, or while you build up relevant work experience in this field. Modules for the full-time course are listed below. For details about the part-time course, contact us.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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