MSc Developmental Cognitive Science

This programme will not be running in 2020/2021.

Due to staff changes this programme will not be running in 2020/2021.

Alternative related MSc programmes include MSc in Psychological Research and MSc in Human Cognitive Neuroscience.

MSc Psychological Research

MSc Human Cognitive Neuropsychology

Why study Developmental Cognitive Science at Edinburgh?

  • The programme is unique in focussing on a developmental cognitive science approach to typical and atypical development in children and young people
  • The University of Edinburgh has a long tradition of expertise in developmental psychology and in cognitive science and is ideally placed to bring these two disciplines together in one programme
  • Our research environment is 100% conducive to world-leading research and 81.5% of our research is rated as outstanding in its reach and significance (REF 2014)


Programme overview

This unique programme seeks to enhance your understanding of key theoretical and practical issues about typical and atypical development in children and young people

Programme structure and assessment

This programme comprises nine core courses, one or two optional courses and a dissertation


As a postgraduate student you will have access to a wide range of research resources and state-of-the-art facilities

Learning outcomes and careers

This programme provides you with a range of knowledge and skills to prepare you for a variety of career paths

Help with your application

When applying you should include a personal statement detailing your academic abilities and your reasons for applying for the programme

Programme teaching staff

Staff profiles of those involved in teaching on the programme

Contact us

Please get in touch with us should you have any questions about the programme

I had an incredible year in the MSc Developmental Cognitive Science (DCS), and I believe this programme provided me with invaluable skills in research and programming (through the Research Methods in DCS, the Research Internship in DCS and the Stats courses). The Research Internship particularly was a great opportunity to try something new

Lorna Camus

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