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MSc/PgDip Developmental Psychology


Course Description

On this course you study:
-Development through the lifespan – from infancy, childhood and adolescence into adulthood and old age.
-Stability and change in our physical, cognitive, social and emotional development.
-Similarities and differences in the development of individuals and how factors such as biology and environment shape our development.

This course is accredited as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

The course is ideal if you are a:
-Psychology graduate seeking to advance your knowledge of developmental psychology.
-Graduate from a non-psychology background wanting to apply developmental psychology in the workplace.
-Graduate considering professional training in a developmental field, such as educational psychology or in areas of psychology requiring Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership.
-Graduate considering a research career.

During your studies you:
-Gain insight into how and why developmental changes take place, for example, in memory, problem-solving ability and emotional understanding.
-Explore why children differ in their development, for example, in attributes such as self-esteem and motivation.
-Gain a thorough grounding in traditional and contemporary developmental theories.
-Gain comprehensive knowledge and experience of developmental psychology research methods, enabling you to carry out good quality research.
-Apply your knowledge of lifespan development in various practical settings including education and healthcare.

You improve key skills such as:
-Critical thinking.
-Group working.
-Report writing.
-Data analysis.
-IT ability.

We also offer you the opportunity to gain experience of teaching students on our undergraduate programmes.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/msc-developmental-psychology

Professional recognition

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.

Course structure

Starts September. Full time – 1 day per week for 1 year. Part time – typically 1 day per week for 2 years.

Modules
-Research issues in developmental psychology
-Cognitive development and psychobiology
-Psychology of differential and social development
-Research methods and statistics
-Continuing professional development
Option module
To make sure you graduate with the degree you want, you also choose an option module from one of the following: healthy and clinical ageing; clinical neuropsychopharmacology; theory and practice in counselling and therapy.

Assessment: coursework essays; research protocols; research reports; journal article reviews; sample lectures; presentations; exams; individual research project.

Other admission requirements

Typically you need qualifications equivalent to the above, and if English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other skills. For equivalencies see our English language entry requirements web page. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score. If you do not have these qualifications, or you are unsure whether you have the equivalent, please contact us.

Visit the MSc/PgDip Developmental Psychology page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You need a second class honours degree or above in any subject or equivalent. We may consider graduates with relevant work experience. If you do not have these qualifications, or you are unsure whether you have the equivalent, please contact us. See course description for further admission details.

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