Course Overview

The MSc in Applied Child Psychology is designed to prepare psychology graduates for the next stage of their career in research or applied developmental psychology. Students will benefit from the expertise of established expert researchers, on topics areas including child social development (e.g. bullying and peer relationships), cognitive development (e.g. theory of mind, attention in autism and ADHD), education (e.g. girls and science and enhancing collaborative learning in the classroom) and religion and supernatural beliefs. MSc students are made to feel part of this research culture both through the formal modules and through involvement in research seminars and meetings.

Key facts

  • Keele is ranked top 150 in the world for Psychology (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021).
  • High staff-to-student ratio enhanced by small-group tutorials and a strong, inclusive research community.
  • Blend of practice and research-led teaching draws on broad expertise in children’s social and cognitive development, religion and supernatural beliefs, such as if Father Christmas exists.
  • Optional placement in Semester 1 or 2 provides valuable work experience which relates your learning to professional settings and applications in policy, research or practice.
  • Opportunities to hear from guest lectures with experience of working with children, families, carers, teachers.

MSc in Applied Child Psychology

Reasons to study MSc in Applied Child Psychology at Keele (previously MSc Child Development)