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.


100%: Lecture


100%: Coursework (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.


This module is offered on the following courses: