Gain a greater understanding of how humans develop, mentally, socially and behaviourally, throughout life, from infancy to old age, on a course accredited by the British Psychology Society. As well as gaining Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) required to start your career as a psychologist, you also gain research skills and a professional level of understanding in this specialist area.
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.
International students are most welcome on this course. At Sheffield Hallam University we provide international students with a wealth of support, from pre-arrival right up to, and including, study support while you are studying here. Please see the International Experience Team webpage for more information.
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.
2017 entry requirements
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
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.
International and European entry qualifications
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.
Full-time – one day per week for one year
Part-time – typically one day per week for two years
Typical modules may include
Research issues in developmental psychology
Cognitive development and psychobiology
Psychology of differential development
Psychology of social development
Research methods and statistics
You • develop a research question • design a study • collect and analyse data • evaluate your findings • submit a written report based on your study.
Continuing professional development
This is one of the few developmental psychology postgraduate courses to study human development through the lifespan and confer eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership.
Students completing this course have gone on to apply for both educational and clinical psychology training posts, and have also used the course to assist in career change to working with children or for progression in their current positions.
Our careers central website contains useful careers information for students studying psychology.
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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)
2016/17 academic year
Typically £6,300 for the course
Part-time – typically £4,200 in year 1, £2,100 in year 2
Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.
2017/18 academic year
Typically £6,400 for the course
Part-time – typically £4,270 in year 1 and £2,135 in year 2 (subject to inflation)
2016/17 academic year
Typically £12,800 for the course
2017/18 academic year
Typically £13,250 for the course
Additional course costs
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