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MSc Developmental Psychology

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Study Mode Part-time
Year of Entry 2023/24

Developmental Psychology

Part-time Psychology

Gain a greater understanding of how humans develop mentally, socially and behaviourally – on a course accredited by the British Psychology Society.

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What is the fee? Home: £3,305 - £6,610 per year
International/EU: £16,385 for the course
How long will I study? 2 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
When do I start? September 2023

Course summary

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

This course is designed to give you a solid foundational knowledge in the core areas of psychology – particularly as applied within a developmental context. You’ll cover the core areas of psychology as identified by the British Psychological Society (BPS). You’ll also gain a  graduate basis for chartered membership (GBC) of the society.

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MSc Developmental Psychology graduate Matthew Robinson

‘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

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How you learn

Your lecturer's view
Watch course leader Dr Diarmuid Verrier talk about this course.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

The course is designed around your career – so you’ll attend university just one day a 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 you’ll need to access postgraduate training courses for a career in psychology – particularly if you’d like a career in teaching or with specific age groups.

You learn through

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

Course leaders and tutors

Diarmuid Verrier
Diarmuid Verrier
Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Applied learning

Live projects

Lectures on the course are primarily focused on core knowledge and theoretical content – while seminars and workshops provide the opportunity for you to apply understanding through discussion and practical-based activities. You’ll 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. There’ll also be many other opportunities for volunteering within the university and through other organisations.

Networking opportunities

The course helps you make the necessary links between the skills you’re developing and those that are required by professionals in psychology. To help, we offer, a series of tutorials 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’ll 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 through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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We’ve invested over £100m in new facilities in the last five years, to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries and study spaces designed by our students.

Entry requirements

All students

A 2:2 degree or above or equivalent in any subject.

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. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

International students

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.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. 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.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Psychology Of Differential Development Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Psychology Of Social Development Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Research Dissertation And Continuing Professional Development Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Research Issues In Applied Developmental Psychology Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Cognitive Development And Psychobiology Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Statistics And Design Credits: 15 Assessment: Exam
Module: Applying Health Psychology To The Environment Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Clinical Neuro-Psychopharmacology Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Contemporary Relationship Science: From Infant-Carer Attachment To Romantic Partners Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Exploring Language And Its Disorders Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Forensic Psychology: The Dark Side Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Fundamentals In Design And Statistics Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Theory And Practice In Counselling And Psychotheraphy Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting part-time study in 2023/24 are: Year 1: £6,610, Year 2: £3,305

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

This course is not eligible for full-time Student visa sponsorship. International/EU students may apply for part-time Student visa sponsorship on an individual basis. Please contact Admissions for further advice.

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This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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