12 months
26300 GBP/year
12500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This programme from The University of Edinburgh provides an opportunity for intensive advanced training in Developmental Science. 

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In this taught Developmental Science  programme from The University of Edinburgh  you will learn how key topics in Developmental Science can be addressed using research techniques from several inter-related disciplines such as:

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Computational Science
  • Neuroscience
  • Linguistics

This programme aims to enhance your understanding of key theoretical and practical issues about typical and atypical development in children and young people, from a developmental science perspective. It also aims to equip you with the skills required to conduct independent scientific research that addresses key issues in developmental science.

You will take courses on the theoretical and methodological aspects of developmental science and conduct an original research dissertation in one of these areas. You will also receive thorough training in advanced academic skills and research methods within psychology, including a comprehensive coverage of statistical modelling and research design using the R statistical language.

Career opportunities

The programme is primarily designed for students who aspire to pursue a research-oriented career in developmental science. However, the course also teaches a broad range of transferable skills applicable to a wide range of modern jobs, such as research design, data management and processing, statistical modelling and interpretation, as well as the synthesis and communication of complex literature.

Programme Structure

Core courses
  • Psychological Research Skills (general advanced research methodology)
  • Univariate Statistics and Methodology using R (introduction to R and statistical models)
  • Multivariate Statistics and Methodology using R (advanced statistical modelling)
  • Cognitive Developmental Science (20 credits)
  • Social/Affective Developmental Science (20 credits)
Option course may include
  • Cognitive Developmental Science
  • Seminar in Personality
  • Current Approaches in Social Psychology
  • Psychology of Language
  • Specialist Techniques in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Brain Imaging in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Neuroscience of Language
  • Atypical Development
  • Applied Psychological Testing
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Or any other course open to MSc students

The dissertation involves conducting an empirical research project in close collaboration with a staff member, sometimes also working with other graduate students.

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, either in psychology or in a cognitive-science related discipline.
  • You should also be able to demonstrate evidence of your ability to learn advanced statistical/computational analysis techniques as well as evidence of your experience/interest in conducting research with children as participants.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26300 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    12500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12500 GBP per year during 12 months.


  • Home: £6,250
  • International/EU: £13,150

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 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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