What will I learn?

Why choose this course

Why and how do human beings change and develop over the course of a lifetime?

Studying our MSc Developmental Psychology in Research and Practice will help you understand this question. Our School of Psychology is also one of the largest, pioneering and active postgraduate departments in the UK.

Throughout this course you will gain both theoretical and practical insights into infant and child development and how mental health adapts and changes across a person’s lifetime. Our course combines the academic and practical learning you need to succeed through taught modules and an integrated professional placement.

What you will study

Studying both atypical and typical development from infancy to old age, our course will expose you to important, emerging research and exciting topics in developmental psychology.

We teach you the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of different approaches to studying developmental processes, including the range of theories, methods and practical issues involved in working with individuals at different developmental stages. You’ll learn about mental health issues and evaluate therapeutic interventions for a range of developmental difficulties.

You’ll also gain valuable professional experience thanks to our supported placements in various developmental psychology settings, giving you a competitive edge. Your placements could take place in clinical, educational, social care or research settings, allowing you to build important transferable skills and improve your professional practice.

Study and work abroad

There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify, your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

Which department am I in?

University of Surrey

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£21,000.00 (US$ 25,595) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

October 2020


University of Surrey



GU2 7XH, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The mentioned GPA is for courses that require a 2:2. For courses that require a 2:1, students should have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.2.

For international students

A minimum of a 2:1 UK honours degree in Psychology. Joint honours degrees to be assessed by the Faculty on a case by case basis. IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 6.5 in each element. TOEFL (ibt) - 95 overall with 23 in Reading, 23 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 26 in Writing.

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About this uni

Surrey strives to inspire students to view the world in new ways, to be bold in their work and experience all that student life brings.

  • Based in Guildford, 35 minutes from London
  • 23rd in the UK (Complete University Guide 2020)
  • Many subjects in the top ten for student satisfaction
  • Pathway programmes and pre-sessional English courses