Applied Developmental Psychology


Applied Developmental Psychology is the application of basic developmental science in applied contexts.

The School of Psychology has expertise in development in adverse contexts and atypical development in an educational context and the teaching on the course - as well as the topics offered for dissertations - will reflect this expertise. The school also has expertise in basic developmental science which will be an important element of the course.

Topics covered in this programme include:

  • Quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Atypical development in the classroom
  • Childhood adversity: from basic science to improving outcomes
  • Theoretical perspectives on child and adolescent development

World-class at Every Level

The School delivers world-class teaching and support for students who have access to cutting-edge research and laboratory facilities. The School has specialised facilities for human experimental psychology, movement and perception, individual differences, social psychology, child development, psychophysiology and animal behaviour.

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The School of Psychology at Queen's is based in the David Keir building and - dating back over 65 years - is one of the oldest distinct departments in the university's history.

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MSc Applied Developmental Psychology

The MSc does not provide a professional qualification, however it will be of interest to many people considering a career working with children who face life challenges. It may also be of interest to students considering a career in professional psychology such as educational or clinical psychology.

There will be an option for applied experience; this may not be available to all, but open to all to compete for the opportunity. Experience will consist of applying developmental psychology in a live setting

Why choose Queen's

Ranked in the Top 140 Universities in the world for Graduate Prospects

(QS Graduate Employability rankings 2020)

Competitive Fees

Queen’s offers lower tuition fees than many other similarly well-regarded UK universities. (Natwest Student Living Index 2017).

Safe and affordable

Belfast offers the lowest cost of living in the UK and is the safest region in the UK. (Mercer 2016, British Crime Surveys, 2015/16).

Access to top companies

The employability element of the School of Psychology is called the Insight Programme which culminates in a short-term placement with organisations in the public, private and third sector.

Student Satisfaction

The quality of our teaching is reflected year on year in consistently high satisfaction ratings in student surveys and positive comments from our external examiners backed up by the accreditation of our undergraduate and conversion programmes from our professional body the BPS.

Industry recognition

The School of Psychology is proud to have been awarded the prestigious Athena SWAN Gold Award. Athena SWAN recognises advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.

Research pedigree

The School of Psychology was rated 9th in the UK for Research Intensity (REF 2014) with almost two-thirds of our submitted case studies being classed as outstanding in terms of global reach and research significance.