Postgraduate course

Psychology of Child & Adolescent Development MSc

Hone your skills and become an expert in the social, emotional and cognitive development of the young.

Led by an experienced team of developmental psychologists, the Psychology of Child & Adolescent Development MSc will advance your knowledge. We will focus on social, emotional, cognitive and neurobiological development, moving beyond the traditional focus on childhood and into adolescence.

  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 1 years full-time | 2 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2019, September 2020
  • School – Psychological & Social Sciences

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2019-20 £6,500

    International 2019-20 £12,750

Course overview

Learn about developmental, emotional and behavioural problems, relationships in childhood and adolescence, and cognitive development in the context of legal, health and educational settings.

You will receive advanced training in psychological research methods and culminate your studies through an extended research project relevant to human development. The content and format of the paper should be suitable for publication in an academic journal in the field.

The transferable skills you will gain through this programme include data collection and analysis, research design, decision making, critical thinking and presentation skills.


The programme is structured to provide in-depth knowledge and skills specifically in the psychology of child and adolescent development. It provides excellent research training through a psychological research methods programme designed to meet the ESRC Postgraduate Training & Development Guidelines (2nd Edition, 2015).

The course is structured across three semesters, with teaching typically arranged over two consecutive days.

Course structure

Modules include:

  • Psychological Research Methods (60 credits)
  • Research Paper (60 credits)
  • Child Development (30 credits)
  • Adolescent Development (30 credits)

Teaching and assessment

You will learn through formal lectures, seminars, supported open learning, independent study and the virtual learning environments.

Our small class sizes and interactive teaching methods enable you to optimise your learning. Module tutors offer weekly office hours when you can access personalised support. You are also allocated an academic tutor with whom you can develop a supportive relationship whilst also working on a set programme of personal, academic and professional development.

Assessment methods include reports, essays and oral presentations. This will help to develop your skills and challenge you to reach your full potential. Formative activities are a chance to receive relevant feedback in preparation for subsequent summative assessments.

Two well-resourced psychology laboratories are permanently staffed by our technical team, who are on hand to offer support and guidance. Technical resources are continually updated and include portable and static eye-tracking equipment, surveillance rooms equipped with HD cameras and ceiling mounted microphones. Additionally you will have access to virtual reality headsets and motion sensors, Biopac physiological recording equipment, specialist software for creating, recording and analysing experimental stimuli and a range of questionnaires and psychometric tests.

Through the Students as Researchers scheme you can work alongside psychology staff as a research assistant on current research programmes. This method gives you the opportunity to collect and analyse data and possibly co-author a published research paper or present it at a national conference.

Entry requirements


  • Applicants will normally have a 2:1 in Psychology or a closely related discipline, although in cases where exceptional performance on the final year project, mitigating circumstances, or relevant employment can be demonstrated, applicants may be considered who have a 2:2.
  • Applicants whose first degree is not in psychology will be accepted on a case-by-case basis to ensure that they have covered sufficient levels of psychology and research methods during their first degree.
  • A satisfactory DBS Enhanced Disclosure is also required as a condition of acceptance onto the course.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English should have IELTS at grade 6.5 or above (including a minimum of 6.5 in the writing component) or another acceptable English Language qualification.

Fees and funding

To study for a Postgraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2019 - 20

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this Postgraduate course is £6,500 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Postgraduate Loan: A Postgraduate Loan is available to help you pay for your Master’s course. Find out more on the Government website.

A 10% discount is applicable to all YSJ Alumni (subject to a minimum of 120 credits and achievement of a recognised award) undertaking PG level study (excludes PGCE). 

International (non-EU) 2019 - 20

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this postgraduate course is £12,750 for international students.

Due to immigration laws, International students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full-time. 

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You can apply directly to the course via our Apply Now links. You will need to create a login and password and complete the online form. Please contact two referees in advance of submitting your application as an automated request will go out as soon as you submit, and your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

Applications for September 2019 should be submitted by 31 August 2019.

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