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.
How to apply
Application deadlines and interviews
We recommend you apply as early as possible. Later applications may also be considered, subject to availability of places.
Developmental Sciences (MSc) (Part-time)
Developmental Sciences (MSc) (Full-time)
8 core modules, and a 10,000-word dissertation: a piece of empirical research or advanced quantitative analyses under the supervision of experienced staff.
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.
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Payment and Fees Discounts
Funding and Financial Support
The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses – and you don't have to start repaying until 2019.
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.
Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.
Find out more about funding and financial support at postgraduate level.
Careers and employability
Teaching and assessment
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.