Developmental Psychology (C8546)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

This module gives students the opportunity to explore child development and gain insight into the psychological processes that made us who we are today. This module has three main aims:

  • 1. To give students an overview of child development from birth through adolescence in five overarching areas: perinatal and physical (e.g., newborns and reflexes), emotional (e.g., regulating affect), communicative (e.g., language acquisition), cognitive (e.g., intelligence) and socio-cognitive (e.g., gender development), and social (e.g., the family).
  • 2. To explore these areas with reference to underpinning themes that permeate developmental psychology, including unpacking the influences of nature and nurture, and understanding why there are individual differences in child development.
  • 3. To apply developmental psychology theory and research to societal problems such as psychopathology, sexual behaviour in young people and bullying in schools.


69%: Lecture
31%: Practical (Workshop)


40%: Coursework (Essay, Test)
60%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 32 hours of contact time and 118 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.