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Applied Child Psychology

The MSc in Applied Child Psychology looks at the advanced study of psychological development with regard to children and adolescents. It focuses on the implications of psychological theory and research for policy and practice across a range of applied settings, for example, education, clinical and social contexts.

Key Information

Entry requirements

Your application form requires a written statement in which you should outline reasons for wishing to undertake the MSc Applied Child Psychology. We will be looking to ensure that you have a sound rationale for joining the course based on a realistic appreciation of the discipline and profession of psychology.

If you unsure of your status and / or would like an informal discussion with the Course Leader, please contact us.

English language entry requirements

See the English language entry requirements for courses at the School of Social Sciences and a full list of all English language qualifications accepted by the University.

International students in psychology can also access additional language and study skills support, as well as help in acclimatising, via our own International Student Support Officer.

Equivalent international qualifications
If you are unsure about the equivalency of your international qualifications, you can check it on our International Students entry requirements page.


Course length

One year full-time / two years part-time

Study location

City site

Fees and funding

Please see the fees, funding and scholarships section.

Start date

22 September 2014 or 28 September 2015



About the MSc Applied Child Psychology course
The MSc Applied Child Psychology combines an in-depth critical evaluation of current theory pertaining to psychological development in children and adolescents with advanced training in relevant research methods.

The implications of psychological theory for policy and practice in various areas, including education, clinical and social contexts are also considered. This an ideal course for anyone wanting a career that involves working with children or for those interested in securing a doctoral training place in educational psychology. 

The School of Social Sciences also offer a number of competitive scholarships for our full-time and part-time Masters students on this course which are available to home, EU and international students.

You can find more information and details on how to apply on our fees and funding page.

Contact us
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4460
School of Social Sciences website


MSc Applied Child Psychology students complete a variety of modules including;

You will complete an extended essay on a relevant topic of your choice and an empirical research project, both under the supervision of a research active member of staff.

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Study and support
The course will be delivered through a combination of methods including:

There will also be an expectation that students will engage in independent study during the course. All staff teaching on the course is research-active in their field of interest which includes members from the Communication for Inclusion Research Unit (CIRU) and the Specific Language Impairment Research Unit (SLIRU). Students will also have access to the extensive new facilities within the Division of Psychology and the University's Virtual Learning Environment.

International students in psychology can also access additional language and study skills support, as well as help in acclimatising, via our own International Student Support Officer.

Delivery and assessment
The course is delivered through lectures, interactive workshops, small group teaching and one-on-one supervision. 

You will be assessed in a variety of ways and on a modular basis through:




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Psychology resources and facilities
The University has made significant financial investment in the Psychology Division over recent years upgrading accommodation, facilities and equipment used exclusively for the provision of our psychology courses and for research. We have a first class undergraduate teaching laboratory suite and a second teaching laboratory specifically catering for postgraduate students.

In addition there are specialist suites dedicated to particular areas of interest in psychology, including:

Alongside these are new flexible cubicles for student project work, a psychometric test bank library, and a technical workshop.

International students in psychology can also access additional language and study skills support, as well as help in acclimatising, via our own International Student Support Officer.


Students generally choose the MSc Applied Child Psychology because they wish to pursue a career working with children (as a teacher, support worker, and so on).

Many already work with children and complete the course in order to improve their prospects of promotion and career progression. Others see the qualification as a means of helping to secure a path to teacher training or a doctoral training place in educational psychology. It is also possible to pursue an academic and / or research career in child / developmental psychology following graduation (by working as a research assistant or associate, for example, or by studying for a PhD).

Your qualification in psychology is likely to be popular with a whole range of potential employers because you will have demonstrated an ability to write essays and reports, to master advanced statistics and to talk and present in front of other people (amongst other transferable skills).

Careers and job application advice is available to all our postgraduate students and is provided on a one-to-one basis by a subject specialist within the Division, supported by the university wide careers service.

The job titles below give an indication of the careers our recent Psychology graduates are pursuing.

We're very proud of the achievements of our many graduates and look forward to helping you graduate to a successful career.

97% of School of Social Sciences postgraduate students are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving (Latest DLHE Survey Postgraduate results 2011/12).




This course does not currently offer placements.

How to apply

Start dates, duration, and fees
The MSc Applied Child Psychology starts in late September. A dedicated induction day is provided for all students which introduces you to your course, to your teaching teams and to the university facilities. The day ends with an informal social event.

The course is completed in one year of full-time study (your final piece of coursework is submitted in late August) or two years part-time. The teaching terms run from late September to Christmas and then from January to Easter. Part-time students attend for two of the three days only.

Open days
The School of Social Sciences holds open events throughout the year. Come along and learn more about our courses, speak to programme leaders and find out about studying with the School. To find out more about these events visit the School of Social Sciences website.

How to apply
Click the Apply online button at the top of the page to complete your application.

As places are limited you are encouraged to submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment. The course starts in September 2014 so in order to receive enrolment materials in good time we advise that applications are submitted before the end of July 2014. Please allow additional processing time for international applications from countries that require a visa.

The School of Social Sciences' Scholarship scheme provides a number of awards to students on taught Masters Programmes. For further information visit our fees, funding and scholarships section.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) formally known as a Criminal Record Bureau check
Many students from overseas choose to collect research data in the UK as part of their projects. DBS checks only cover students from the UK, so unless you have been resident in the UK for five years or more, we will need a criminal record check from your home country if you plan to work with vulnerable populations. Checks from overseas can sometimes be referred to by a variety of names such as a Police Check or a Good Behaviour Record. To find out what it is called in your home country and how to apply for one, please visit the government website.

If you are an overseas student and are planning to collect data for your research project from vulnerable populations in your home country, you are advised to apply for a home police check to support your research. You will need to demonstrate in your ethics form that you have met all the requirements of your home country to work with vulnerable populations.

If you are unable to obtain a home Police Check and still wish to work with vulnerable populations in your home country, discuss this with your Course Leader in the first instance. It will need to be made clear in your written correspondence with any participants / organisations that the University has been unable to engage with any disclosure and barring service checks prior to you undertaking your research.

Once you have obtained your police check, a copy of the documentation (in English) should be passed to the relevant course administrator in the School of Social Sciences Office.