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University of Central Lancashire: Psychology of Child Development

Institution University of Central Lancashire
Department School of Psychology
Telephone 01772 892400
Study type Taught


Course information

Our MSc Psychology of Child Development course is designed to advance your knowledge of child psychology. It’s ideal for graduates in Psychology (or related subjects) and a great development opportunity for professionals working with children.

Throughout this course you’ll explore a wide range of theories and topics relating to the psychology of child development. We’ll give you a thorough grounding in research methods and analytical skills so that you’ll gain the ability to carry out empirical research in this field. In addition, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the latest theories, interventions and applications of psychology relevant to working with children and adolescents across a range of settings.

You’ll have access to extensive laboratory facilities. The School has developed two outstanding laboratory complexes in which you can develop a deeper understanding of the psychology of child development. The Child Observation Suite (COS) provides a facility for the observation, recording, coding and understanding of children’s behaviour. The Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (DCN) lab enables a detailed examination of the brain and visual systems of young children and adolescents through a range of techniques, including eye tracking and electroencephalography (EEG).

Why study with us

  • Undertake an individual research project of your choice to further develop your understanding of an area of interest.

  • You’ll have opportunities to advance your understanding by working alongside the research active staff who deliver the course.

  • Develop your skills in applying psychology by taking advantage of the optional work-based placement module.


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