Psychology of Child Development (C8554)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

This module introduces you to Developmental Psychology: the scientific study of how children develop. Over the course of the module we will evaluate theories and empirical evidence across a wide range of core areas within Developmental Psychology such as language, attachment, emotion, gender, adolescence and cognitive development. We will cover both classic studies and contemporary research in these areas.

BSc Psychology students are not permitted to take this module. Visiting and Exchange students are permitted to take this module but cannot take it in combination with Psychology of Childhood and Adolescence or Developmental Psychology.

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 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.

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: