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Designed to give you a solid foundational knowledge in the core areas of psychology, particularly as applied within a developmental context, this course covers the core areas of psychology as identified by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and provides a graduate basis for chartered membership of the society (GBC).

  • Gain research skills and a professional level of understanding in psychology
  • Study development through the human lifespan from infancy, childhood and adolescence into adulthood and old age
  • Understand stability and change in our physical, cognitive, social and emotional development

‘I was a bit nervous going back to university after taking time out of education, but the lecturers made me feel at ease and supported me throughout the course. I am now working as an assistant educational psychologist in a local authority.’ 

Matthew Robinson, MSc Developmental Psychology, 2017 graduate

How you learn

As this course is designed around your career, you attend university just one day per week. As a career progression route and conversion course, this programme is specifically designed to provide you with the core academic and subject-specific skills needed to gain access to postgraduate training courses for a career in psychology and in particular as a basis to pursue careers in teaching and with specific age groups.

You learn through:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • presentations
  • self-directed study

Applied learning

Lectures on the course are primarily focused on core knowledge and theoretical content, whilst seminars and workshops provide the opportunity for you to apply understanding through discussion and practical-based activities. You complete a large-scale research project under the supervision of a member of staff, which allows you to put the psychological knowledge and research skills you've honed over the degree into practice.

You may be offered the opportunity to assist with undergraduate teaching and/or staff research projects (subject to availability). This will especially suit those interested in a career in academia. In addition, there will be many other opportunities for volunteering available via the wider University and through organisations outside of the University.

The course helps you make the necessary links between the skills you are developing and those that are required by professionals in psychology. To this end, a series of tutorials are offered that promote reflective skills as well as more fundamental employability skills such as identifying the kind of jobs that the course opens up to you, writing CVs, etc. You will also meet alumni to learn from their career progression route.

Future careers

This course is appropriate for those interested in careers in teaching and in working with specific age groups. Previous graduates have gone on to apply for both educational and clinical psychology training posts as well as PhDs. Other alumni have also used the course to progress in their current positions or to change career entirely, such as working with children.


This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), provided you achieve an overall mark of at least 50 per cent and pass your dissertation. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus.

Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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In addition to the compulsory modules listed below, it is also mandatory that students take one statistics module. There are two options for which statistics module is taken, which are listed with the elective modules (studied in Year 2). Students with no or minimal statistics experience are encouraged to take Fundamentals in Design and Statistics, while students with substantial statistics experience are encouraged to take Advanced Statistics and Design.

Compulsory modules:

  • Cognitive Development And Psychobiology - 30 credits - Coursework 
  • Psychology Of Differential Development - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Psychology Of Social Development - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Research Dissertation And Continuing Professional Development - 60 credits - Coursework 
  • Research Issues In Applied Developmental Psychology - 30 credits - Coursework/Exam 

Elective modules:

  • Abnormal Psychology - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Advanced Statistics And Design - 15 credits - Exam 
  • Clinical Neuro-Psychopharmacology - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Exploring Language And Its Disorders - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Forensic Psychology: The Dark Side - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Fundamentals In Design And Statistics - 15 credits - Coursework/Exam 
  • Healthy And Clinical Ageing - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Theory And Practice In Counselling And Psychotherapy - 15 credits - Coursework 

How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.


Visit the Developmental Psychology (MSc) page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!





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