Kingston University London - Child Psychology MSc

Kingston University London

Child Psychology MSc

This course offers an advanced study of psychological development in children and the implications of psychological theory and research for practice.

You will examine how developmental theories and research findings can be applied to a range of different areas. Examples include social policy, education, health and the development of children's relationships.

The course covers themes such as atypical development. You will learn about a range of developmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorders and dyslexia. The course also covers development across the lifespan (infants, children, adolescents and adults).

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • Facilities include a large child-friendly observation suite/test room with integrated cameras, a monitoring room and eye-tracking technology.
  • You can gain industry work experience. Past students have had placements in nurseries, schools, mental health services, and charities for people with disabilities.
  • Kingston has links with local schools and external organisations for conducting applied research.

Entry Requirements

  • A 2:1 honours degree or above in psychology or a closely related discipline. GCSE or equivalent at grade C/grade 4 or above in mathematics. A DBS report is required once enrolled on the course.

  • IELTS of 7.0 overall with 7.0 in writing and at least 6.0 in all other elements.

Career Prospects

The course is ideal for beginning or developing your professional career in areas such as teaching, educational psychology, special educational needs, clinical/health, social work. Graduates work in schools, local authorities, NHS, private companies and universities.

Course Details

Taught by researchers active in the field of child psychology, this MSc has a strong research focus, and you will be encouraged to approach empirical research critically.

You will be introduced to the theories of child psychology, considering them in relation to the real world, and will cover the empirical research and theories of developmental psychology, focusing on implications for policy and practice. You will also study the application of developmental psychology to social policy, such as social issues, education and school issues and health, and the factors influencing the development of children's relationships. You will consider both typical and atypical development, including a range of developmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorders, dyslexia, etc.

The dissertation gives you the chance to study an area of interest in greater depth and gain valuable research skills. For example, past students have studied social communication difficulties in children and adolescents with autism.

1 Year

Psychology Dissertation
Methods and Statistics
Cognitive and Social Development
Development in Typical and Atypical Populations
Applications of Psychological Research

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