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Course summary

**Please note that the information provided relates to the current academic year and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University. Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.** Course summary:

  • Gain research skills and a professional level of understanding in psychology
  • Study development through the human lifespan from infancy, childhood and adolescence into adulthood and old age
  • Understand stability and change in our physical, cognitive, social and emotional development
Designed to give you a solid foundational knowledge in the core areas of psychology, particularly as applied within a developmental context, this course covers the core areas of psychology as identified by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and provides a graduate basis for chartered membership of the society (GBC). How you learn: All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. As this course is designed around your career, you attend university just one day per week. As a career progression route and conversion course, this programme is specifically designed to provide you with the core academic and subject-specific skills needed to gain access to postgraduate training courses for a career in psychology and in particular as a basis to pursue careers in teaching and with specific age groups. You learn through:
  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • presentations
  • self-directed study
Applied learning - Live projects Lectures on the course are primarily focused on core knowledge and theoretical content, whilst seminars and workshops provide the opportunity for you to apply understanding through discussion and practical-based activities. You complete a large-scale research project under the supervision of a member of staff, which allows you to put the psychological knowledge and research skills you've honed over the degree into practice. You may be offered the opportunity to assist with undergraduate teaching and/or staff research projects (subject to availability). This will especially suit those interested in a career in academia. In addition, there will be many other opportunities for volunteering available via the wider University and through organisations outside of the University. Networking opportunities The course helps you make the necessary links between the skills you are developing and those that are required by professionals in psychology. To this end, a series of tutorials are offered that promote reflective skills as well as more fundamental employability skills such as identifying the kind of jobs that the course opens up to you, writing CVs, etc. You will also meet alumni to learn from their career progression route.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. In addition to the compulsory modules listed below, it is also mandatory that students take one statistics module. There are two options for which statistics module is taken, which are listed with the elective modules. Students with no or minimal statistics experience are encouraged to take Fundamentals in Design and Statistics, while students with substantial statistics experience are encouraged to take Advanced Statistics and Design. Compulsory modules Cognitive Development And Psychobiology Psychology Of Differential Development Psychology Of Social Development Research Dissertation And Continuing Professional Development Research Issues In Applied Developmental Psychology Elective modules Advanced Statistics And Design Applying Health Psychology To The Environment Clinical Neuro-Psychopharmacology Contemporary Relationship Science: From Infant-Carer Attachment To Romantic Partners Exploring Language And Its Disorders Forensic Psychology: The Dark Side Fundamentals In Design And Statistics Theory And Practice In Counselling And Psychotherapy

Assessment method

Coursework Exams

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • British Psychological Society

Entry requirements

A 2:2 degree or above or equivalent in any subject. We may consider graduates with relevant work experience. If you do not have these qualifications, or you are unsure whether you have the equivalent, please contact us. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. International students Typically you need qualifications equivalent to the above, and if English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other skills. For equivalencies see our English language entry requirements web page. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score. If you do not have these qualifications, or you are unsure whether you have the equivalent, please contact us.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees for both full-time and part-time postgraduate study options:
Developmental Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS