Psychology in the Family (312C8)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

On this module, you will study the role that psychological research can play in understanding and supporting a child’s family and home environment and interactions. Workshops will introduce material on broad theoretical perspectives concerning the psychology of the family as well as specific challenges to children’s home experiences throughout their childhood.

You will learn about current issues and controversies in family and home psychology and will have the opportunity to reflect on these and discuss with other students in the workshops.

Throughout the module, you will be encouraged to consider the implications of psychological research for designing and implementing practical strategies to support the family and home environment.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


30%: Coursework (Portfolio, Test)
70%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.