Want to study child psychology at Master’s level? Our MSc Applied Child Psychology is a postgraduate degree course offering specific, in-depth study of child psychology across a range of contexts and settings.
Modules will allow you to explore and develop knowledge of cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and neurological development, as well as research methods in child psychology, and consider the implications for policy and practice across a range of applied contexts such as educational and clinical psychology. You will also explore typical and atypical development and consider issues and approaches regarding inclusivity and diversity as well as professional issues and standards such as anti-discriminatory practice.
The MSc Applied Child Psychology aims to enhance your knowledge and experience in applied areas of child psychology and equip you with the expertise and academic skills necessary to support graduate employment. The course aims are:
- To equip you with a range of specific applied and transferable skills, enhancing your opportunities for professional and career development in a variety of disciplines within the field of child psychology.
- To allow you to develop specialist theoretical and practical knowledge that will underpin your work with children and consider applications of this knowledge to professional contexts and situations, e.g., supporting children with diverse developmental, neurological, and psychological needs.
To allow you to develop your critical thinking, problem solving and reasoning skills, and the ability to plan and conduct high-quality research with applications to applied settings and professional practice.
The course has been designed to provide knowledge, training, and employability skills relevant to many careers in the field of child psychology. This includes childcare professions, education, child and adolescent mental health, pastoral care, special educational needs (SEN), supporting children with a range of disabilities, coaching and mentoring young people, and careers involving research with children.
In addition, if you already have an undergraduate degree in psychology which is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), successful completion of the MSc Applied Child Psychology could help you work towards a career as an Educational or Clinical Psychologist.
Professional Placement option
For our MSc Applied Child Psychology degree, you will have the opportunity to take the Professional Placement version of the course, which is offered as an alternative to the standard version of the course.
This will allow you to complete a credit bearing, 20 week Professional Placement as an integral part of your Master’s Degree. The purpose of the Professional Placement is to improve your employability and transferable skills. The placement experience will allow you to evidence your professional skills, attitudes and behaviours at the point of entry to the postgraduate job market.
You will be responsible for finding and securing your own placement. The University, however, will draw on its extensive network of local, regional and national employers to support you in finding a suitable placement to complement your chosen area of study, with support from our Careers+ team as well as advice and guidance from your School.
Please note that placements will only be confirmed following a competitive, employer-led selection process, therefore the University will not be able to guarantee placements for students who have registered for the ‘with Professional Placement’ course.