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Sheffield Hallam University: Developmental Psychology

Institution Sheffield Hallam University
Department Sheffield Hallam University
Telephone (+44) 0114 225 5533
Study type Taught


1. Course summary 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 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).

2. 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

Live projects

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.

Networking opportunities

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.


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