M.Sc. On Campus

Developmental Psychology

University of Kent

12 months
18600 GBP/year
9300 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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To understand any psychological phenomenon fully you must first understand how it develops. Study the Developmental Psychology programme at University of Kent to explore the psychological processes that affect the social, emotional and cognitive development of a person during their lifetime.


The Developmental Psychology programme at University of Kent gives you a deep understanding of the advanced methods, analytical techniques, and theoretical and practical approaches to developmental psychology and developmental psychopathology. It provides a clear pathway to a career or postgraduate research in this fascinating field and the opportunity to help people of all ages in a range of settings.

Reasons to study Developmental Psychology at Kent

  • Opportunity to run studies from the Kent Child Development Unit (KCDU), a resource including child-friendly lab space and a register of 5,000 potential child participants. Other facilities include eye trackers, virtual reality and brain stimulation labs.
  • Psychology at Kent was ranked 5th for research intensity in The Complete University Guide 2022. The Developmental Psychology Group has excellent links with the wider community and explores a range of questions including how online linking was received in the COVID-19 pandemic. You can also watch their Gender stereotype training videos.
  • Teaching by academics and professionals such as educational psychologists, clinical psychologists, child therapists, and speech and language therapists.
  • Join the supportive and welcoming community on our Canterbury campus, with access to the world-class resources of our Templeman Library.
  • Support from the Graduate and Researcher College as well as the School of Psychology. You are joining a strong intellectual and social community.


Our Developmental Psychology MSc graduates commonly go into the fields of health, teaching or further education. Many of our graduates take up roles as assistant psychologists in the NHS with a view to becoming a professional clinical psychologist, or pursue doctoral study and academic careers at higher education institutions.  Because the MSc Developmental Psychology programme is taught by academics and professionals, it offers students wide opportunities to pursue a variety of careers. 

The programmes we offer help you to develop general critical, analytic, and problem-solving skills that can be applied in a wide range of settings.  For example, last year’s graduates have taken up full-time salaried/funded positions as assistant psychologists, as PhD trainees, as healthcare advisers/workers in the private sector and in Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health Services, and as specialist charity workers.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Statistics and Methodology 
  • Advanced Topics in Cognitive Development
  • Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychopathology 
  • Mind, Brain and the Body
  • Developmental Psychology in Professional Practice 
  • Current Issues in Social and Applied Psychology 
  • Advanced Topics in Intergroup Relations

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

There is no fixed application deadline for home/EU students, but we strongly recommend you apply no later than three months before your intended start date. 


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A final degree classification (grade average) of at least a 2.2 or Merit in the UK system. Results from institutions in other countries will be assessed individually according to this standard. However, applicants who do not meet this criterion are still welcome to apply, and their individual circumstances will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Applicants with undergraduate degrees in psychology are preferred and those with related social sciences or science degrees are also considered.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18600 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    9300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9300 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • EU - £14000


  • UK: £4650
  • EU - £7000
  • International - £9300

Living costs for Canterbury

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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