Applied Child Psychology - MSc

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 topic 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 more.

Month of entry

  • September

Mode of study

  • Full time, Part time


Subject area

  • Psychology

Fees for 2024/25 academic year

  • UK - Full time £11,000 per year. Part time £6,000 per year.
    International - £20,700 per year.

    For modular fees, please click here

Duration of study

  • One year full time, two years part time, up to five years modular

Why study Applied Child Psychology at Keele University?

High staff-to-student ratio enhanced by small-group tutorials and an inclusive research community
Practice and research-led teaching draws on our broad expertise in children’s social and cognitive development and religion
Optional placement opportunity enables you to relate 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
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Gemma, MSc Child Development graduate

"I've really enjoyed this course. It has enhanced my passion for research and has equipped me with many transferable skills. I will now be undertaking a PhD, in the aim of pursuing a career in lecturing "

Gemma, MSc Child Development graduate

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MSc in Applied Child Psychology

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

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Dan, Child Development graduate

"I was given the opportunity to develop an evidence-based intervention to improve teacher awareness of depression and anxiety in adolescents. This provided the chance to develop skills to utilise in my future career, thus reaffirming the real life impact this type of research can have on children and young people."

Dan, Child Development graduate

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Keele Postgraduate Association

Keele University is one of a handful of universities in the UK to have a dedicated students' union for postgraduate students. A fully registered charity, Keele Postgraduate Association serves as a focal point for the social life and welfare needs of all postgraduate students during their time at Keele.

KPA interior

Hugely popular, the KPA Clubhouse (near Horwood Hall) provides a dedicated postgraduate social space and bar on campus, where you can grab a bite to eat and drink, sit quietly and read a book, or switch off from academic life at one of the many regular events organised throughout the year. The KPA also helps to host a variety of conferences, as well as other academic and career sessions, to give you and your fellow postgraduates the opportunities to come together to discuss your research, and develop your skills and networks.

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