Developmental Psychology in Research and Practice MSc

Key information

Start date: October 2020

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

Why choose this course

Why and how do human beings change and develop over the course of a lifetime?

Studying our MSc Developmental Psychology in Research and Practice will help you understand this question. Our School of Psychology is also one of the largest, pioneering and active postgraduate departments in the UK.

Throughout this course you will gain both theoretical and practical insights into infant and child development and how mental health adapts and changes across a person’s lifetime. Our course combines the academic and practical learning you need to succeed through taught modules and an integrated professional placement.

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What you will study

Studying both atypical and typical development from infancy to old age, our course will expose you to important, emerging research and exciting topics in developmental psychology.

We teach you the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of different approaches to studying developmental processes, including the range of theories, methods and practical issues involved in working with individuals at different developmental stages. You’ll learn about mental health issues and evaluate therapeutic interventions for a range of developmental difficulties.

You’ll also gain valuable professional experience thanks to our supported placements in various developmental psychology settings, giving you a competitive edge. Your placements could take place in clinical, educational, social care or research settings, allowing you to build important transferable skills and improve your professional practice.

Course location

Our course will also be based off-campus at the particular placement location you choose in Semester 2.

Other information

Please note this course does not offer British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation and does not qualify graduates for entry onto professional doctorates unless BPS accreditation is already held.

Study and work abroad

There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify, your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

Modules

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps. 

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

Timetable

Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:1 UK honours degree in Psychology. 

Joint honours degrees to be assessed by the Faculty on a case by case basis. 

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English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 6.5 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Selection process

Applications are screened for standard documentation and then referred to the Programme Lead for review.

Credit transfer

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

Start date: October 2020

Full-time

UK/EU £8,300

Overseas £21,000

Part-time

UK/EU £4,200

Overseas £10,500

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2020-21 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
  • If you are on a two-year or three-year part-time structured masters course, the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the course.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught courses.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this programme:

Commuting (local travel expenses): Students are required to pay upfront cost of travel and accommodation expenses incurred when on placement when not covered by the placement provider. These may vary depending on the location.

Funding

You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about student finance.

Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

University of Surrey
Address

University of Surrey
Guildford
Surrey GU2 7XH