M.Sc. On Campus

Infancy and Early Childhood Development

12 months
29400 GBP/year
12900 GBP/year
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This Infancy and Early Childhood Development programme from University College London (UCL) explores the main theories, methods and research findings relating to infants and young children from a variety of perspectives, including psychology, education, and health, and also includes approaches to assessment and intervention.


During this Infancy and Early Childhood Development programme from University College London (UCL), you will learn about the development of infants and young children (from in utero life to five years of age) the perspective of a range of disciplines, including psychology, education, medical, health and social-related perspectives.

You will learn about the impact of typical and atypical development; maternal/primary caregiver and broader environmental factors; and settings including nurseries and other informal learning settings. 

You will also explore the importance of early social skills and specific childhood disorders and medical conditions. You will be exposed to age-specific tools for evaluating typical and atypical development, and to intervention methods appropriate for certain neurodevelopmental disorders. 

There will be optional modules to allow specialisation within the areas of psychology, education and health, and you will undertake a research project under supervision.


You will gain skills and knowledge relevant to PhD-level study; a career in early childhood development research; or roles within the medical/educational professions working with infants and young children. 


During the programme, you will acquire a solid knowledge and theoretical base of child development, environmental influences, medical and educational aspects within the prenatal to five-year period. You will meet and have opportunity to network with professionals from diverse fields including paediatricians, neurologists, psychologists, health visitors, play specialists and early-years educators. You will be exposed to a range of evaluation and treatment/intervention approaches and acquire research method, analysis and communication skills, including those for communicating research to the general public.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Applied Statistics for Health Research 
  • Prenatal and Newborn Development
  • Infant Development
  • Preschool Years
  • Research Project for Infancy and Early Childhood Development
  • Nutrition, Growth and Physical Activity
  • Infant and Neurodevelopmental Assessment
  • Safeguarding and Children in Society
  • Child Public Health

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
    • We recommend you apply as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree in psychology, medicine or other health or education related topic from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29400 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    12900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12900 GBP per year during 12 months.

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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