MSc Developmental Science

A unique programme focussing on a developmental science approach to development in children and young people

Why study Developmental Science at Edinburgh?

  • We're ranked 3rd in the UK and 16th in the world for psychology (THE World University Rankings by subject 2021).
  • Psychology is rated 3rd in the UK by Times Higher Education for the quality and breadth of the research using the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021).

  • Students on the MSc Developmental Science have access to a wide range of research facilities, such as the Cognitive Neuroscience suite, which includes TMS, EEG, fNIRS and eye-tracking capabilities.
  • You will have flexibility to choose the optional courses of most interest to you.
  • The University attracts a high calibre of visiting speakers. These talks are an excellent way to explore new topics and to get to know other postgraduate students.

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 two semesters of taught core courses and an optional course, followed by a research dissertation conducted in close collaboration with a staff member.


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

When to apply

We operate a gathered field approach to MSc applications, find out how this works

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

Find out more

Find out more