M.Sc. On Campus

Developmental Psychology and Psychopathology

King's College London

12 months
32940 GBP/year
14070 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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You will develop knowledge about the causes of typical and atypical psychological development, the standard psychological therapies and treatments available, and research methods and statistics relevant to this field. The Developmental Psychology and Psychopathology course at King's College London will provide you with both a research and clinical focus.


The  Developmental Psychology and Psychopathology course at King's College Londonwill train graduates to take up roles within different organizations where knowledge of mental health is required by teaching subjects that are relevant to the characterisation of typical and atypical behaviour, the causes and development of mental health problems in children and young people (including neurodevelopmental disorders) and an understanding of the most standard psychological therapies used in clinical practice and available support service systems. In addition, the course will provide you with a solid understanding of the most recent research methods applied in this area.

Key benefits

  • Learn how to characterise typical and atypical behaviours across the life span.
  • Learn how to identify, describe and manage behavioural traits in common disorders such as Autism and ADHD.
  • Become skilled in using state-of-the-art research methods skills, and access world-renowned longitudinal data sets.
  • Explore ways in which technology could help improve coordination, quality, personalization and geographical reach of care.
  • Learn from world-leading researchers/clinicians at the IoPPN, with 12 of the world’s most highly cited scientists in this field eg Robin Murray, Robert Plomin, Michael Rutter.
  • King’s is ranked 2nd in the world for psychology and psychiatry -  US News, Best Global Universities.

Career prospects

In addition to the core teaching, the optional module selection, the optional placement experience and dissertation project, the programme provides opportunities to develop your knowledge into different interests and career pathways. This may help you to prepare to study a PhD or Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or to pursue employment in professional settings where subject knowledge is central to your work, e.g. in a science or academic career or in clinical settings. 

You will also develop skills to take up employment in other settings working with children and young people where knowledge of mental health problems and therapies are required. These could be employment in social care settings e.g. welfare officers in youth organisations, schools and community centers; as family support workers; or employment in the public sector e.g. police consultant, parliamentary officer of science and technology. 

You may also enter employment where subject knowledge is important to succeed in the job, but not the primary activity, e.g. employment in science communication/media within organisations involved with communicating health problems in young people to increase understanding of public awareness. Or, where learning from the degree is applied more broadly, e.g. role in government office of statistics; fundraiser for charity, science editor, industry.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Statistics
  • Psychology and Psychopathology
  • Child & Adolescent Mental Health 
  • Perinatal and Infant Mental Health
  • Therapy & Treatment 
  • Psychological Approaches to Treatment
  • Twin Model-Fitting

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Upper second degree in either Psychology or related disciplines (behavioral or biological sciences) and medicine or professions allied to medicine.
  • A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required.
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. 
  • One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
  • Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application.

Tuition Fee

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    14070 GBP/year
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Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
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