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.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 32 hours of contact time and about 118 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: