2 years part-time or 1 year full-time
1 day a week part-time or 2 days a week full-time, plus some evening teaching
This Master's degree is designed to give you an understanding of the role of the child’s environment through the study of the impact of the family, communities and other social networks. You will explore the interaction of biology and social factors in the context of atypical developmental paths, such as those observed in dyslexia, autism and other developmental disorders.
The programme is designed for graduates from psychology and related disciplines who seek to deepen their understanding of cutting-edge contemporary research in developmental science, as well as established practitioners and policy-makers wishing to update their training. The MSc focuses on enabling you to carry out empirical research at postgraduate level.
Why study this course at Birkbeck?
- You will explore child development from diverse theoretical and applied perspectives.
- You will be introduced to the biology of development through the study of genetics and developmental cognitive neuroscience.
- Combines Birkbeck’s strengths in biological, social and applied developmental research methods to provide you with an integrated understanding of child development.
- The Department of Psychological Sciences has an outstanding research tradition, with an outstanding international reputation in all aspects of developmental studies.
- You will have the opportunity to interact with world-class researchers in developmental science, attend research seminars organised by the department and a number of other local research centres and institutes.
- Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck were ranked 5th in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) and we achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to research of world-leading quality.
- Psychological research at Birkbeck has ranked 5th in the world in a category of the Best Global Universities Rankings 2016, an important and influential index of research quality.
- Cognition and Computation (MSc), Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology (MSc), Developmental Sciences (MSc) and Psychological Research Methods (MSc) are accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as recognised postgraduate training programmes, and suitably qualified applicants who wish to take one of these courses in preparation for a PhD can apply for funding on the ESRC's 1+3 scheme.
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8 core modules, and a 10,000-word dissertation: a piece of empirical research or advanced quantitative analyses under the supervision of experienced staff.
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
Good degree (upper second-class honours preferable) in psychology, cognitive science, education, behavioural sciences or relevant discipline.
Relevant professional experience of childhood and development may also be considered.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests and at least 7.0 in writing.
If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
Fees and finance
We offer advice on all the options for financing your studies. You can pay your fees interest-free by direct debit and postgraduate loans are available for all Home/EU students.
FeesPart-time home/EU students: £ 4625 pa
Full-time home/EU students: £ 9250 pa
Part-time overseas students: £ 7425 pa
Full-time overseas students: £ 14800 pa
Teaching and assessment
Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
A combination of lectures, tutorials and project supervision.
Five 2500-word coursework essays, presentations and one unseen examination. Advanced Quantitative Methods is assessed by five statistics worksheets.
Careers and employability
To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.
Careers and employability
Graduates can pursue careers in psychology, health or social work, education and policy development. Possible professions may include psychologist, counsellor, or researcher. This degree may also be useful in becoming a further education lecturer.
Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.
We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck.
How to apply
You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application.
Please complete a in addition to the online application. This must include a statement of your proposed research, focusing on the research expertise of at least one member of our academic staff, so that we can provide adequate supervision.
Need help with your application? Watch videos featuring our academic experts giving advice on applying to Birkbeck and answering some of the most frequently asked questions.
Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.
Application deadlines and interviews
We recommend you apply as early as possible. Later applications may also be considered, subject to availability of places.
Life at Birkbeck
Birkbeck offers a unique combination of evening study and a matchless central London location, right in the geographic and academic centre of the city, giving you exceptional opportunities.
Most of our students live in private accommodation, but we also offer student accommodation and access to the professional services of the University of London Housing Services.
The Birkbeck experience
Birkbeck is different: our classes are held in the evening, so your days are free - to study, work, volunteer or just do your own thing.
Financial support and postgraduate loans
Birkbeck offers advice on all the options for financing your studies. You can pay loans by interest-free direct debit and postgraduate loans are available for all Home/EU students. Find out about the support we provide.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck. We can give you the advice and support you need.
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