M.Sc. On Campus

Children's Psychological Disorders

Cardiff University

12 months
21950 GBP/year
9700 GBP/year
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This Children's Psychological Disorders programme from Cardiff University will equip you with a theoretical understanding of the psychological factors that cause and maintain emotional and behavioural problems in children.


This MSc in Children's Psychological Disorders from Cardiff University will equip you with a thorough theoretical understanding of the psychological factors that cause and maintain emotional and behavioural problems in children.

What you'll learn

Taught by leading international experts, you will discover and research how both mental health difficulties and neurodevelopmental conditions, which include anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism and conduct disorder, emerge in childhood.  You will gain an in-depth knowledge of how these conditions can be best assessed; enabling you to subsequently inform intervention and advise the best course of treatment.

Located at our dedicated Centre for Human Development Science (CUCHDS), this programme will also equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience to pursue a rewarding career in child neuro – development, clinical psychology or educational psychology.

You will undergo a range of professional training in emotional, cognitive and neurodevelopmental assessments for children, classification systems of childhood disorders and in observational coding of child behaviour and parent-child interaction.

Research training also forms a key focus of this programme, and it is designed to strengthen your credentials for entry to a PhD in developmental psychopathology, or to doctoral training programmes in Clinical or Educational Psychology.

In addition to providing training in basic research, the course aims to integrate research perspectives from clinical and educational psychology.

Career prospects

  • Research degree (PhD) and academic career in developmental psychopathology.
  • A career in translational research in practice or in applied research centres, in mental health or educational services.
  • Work in clinical or educational practice as an assistant psychologist.
  • The qualification will be helpful for those who will later want to apply for a DClinPsych or DEdPsych degree.
  • Work in a variety of professional fields involving work with children and young people, such as education, health and social care, family policy, youth work, justice, international development and charity work.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Dissertation
  • Origins of Developmental Psychopathology
  • PG research design and statistics, and child assessment methods 
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Neurobiology
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Cognition and emotion

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

It is recommended you apply 9–12 months in advance of the course starting.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Typically, you will need to have the equivalent of 65% overall in a UK degree in Psychology or a Psychology-related subject, or a recognised equivalent qualification.
  • You will need to be able to handle scientific concepts, be numerate, and have excellent writing skills. 
  • two references, one of which should be an academic reference. If you are a current Cardiff University student, you are not required to supply references.  
  • a personal statement of no more than 500 words which answers the five questions below.
  • Why would you like to study the MSc in Children’s Psychological Disorders?
  • Why would you like to do this at the Cardiff University Centre for Human Development Sciences (CUCHDS)?
  • Which aspect of our course interests you most, and why?
  • Please discuss a research finding on children’s psychological disorders which you found interesting.
  • How will completion of this course help you to achieve your career goals?

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21950 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 21950 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9700 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Cardiff

628 - 1066 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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