MPhil/PhD On Campus Online

Psychology and Human Development

University College London (UCL)

36 months
18660 GBP/year
7580 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This Psychology and Human Development programme offered at the University College London (UCL) provides a route for students to carry out their own research project: an investigation that will eventually contribute to the field of knowledge within the educational and social sciences.


Students will work closely with their supervisor(s) to develop each stage of research. Supervisors will also help put together a Psychology and Human Development programme offered at the University College London (UCL) of additional courses and activities to support students' progress towards the completion of their thesis.

Learning outcomes

Our profile as a department focuses principally on psychology (particularly in relation to education) and special educational needs (SEN). Educational neuroscience is being developed within our psychology interests.

Our psychology profile is distinctive, offering the largest coherent group of psychologists in the UK working in the area of education, child and adolescent development. Neuroscience is at the cutting edge of psychology and we are working in partnership with colleagues in UCL Psychology & Language Sciences and Birkbeck to extend our reach in this developing area.


Psychology doctoral graduates progress to a range of career paths in: academia (both as university teachers and researchers); local and national government contexts supporting work related to education and psychology in the fields of policy and planning; school leadership; public sector research.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

Our core areas of expertise include:

  • Psychology and typical development, focussing on classroom practices and their relationship with learning (science, mathematics, literacy, class size, grouping practices, deployment of teaching assistants, motivation)
  • Educational neuroscience
  • SEN and atypical development areas of autism, emotional disorders, hearing impairment, disorders of perception, Williams and Downs syndrome, sleep disorders, language difficulties, learning difficulties, literacy difficulties, numeracy difficulties, visual impairment and youth offending
  • Methodological expertise in experimental designs, longitudinal secondary data analysis, quantitative and some qualitative methods.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The normal minimum requirement is a Master’s degree from a UK university in a subject appropriate to the programme to be followed, or a qualification of equivalent standard appropriate to the programme to be followed awarded by a university (or educational institution of university rank) outside the UK. 
  • The majority of our successful applicants hold a Merit at Master’s level, and may have additional relevant experience. 
  • Students without a Master’s degree who have completed the UCL PGDip in Social Science Research Methods, obtaining a grade B or above in any two or more modules, may also be considered for admission to this programme.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18660 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18660 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    7580 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7580 GBP per year during 36 months.

Part time

  • UK: £3,790
  • International: £9,370

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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