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Postgraduate course

Developmental Psychology

Main content

ECTS Credits

Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction

University of Bergen

Objectives and Content


The international programme in developmental psychology focuses on developmental processes throughout the lifespan, but mainly during adolescence and adulthood, with emphasis on the influence of biological, cognitive, psychosocial and environmental factors. There is also a focus on different theoretical perspectives and empirical evidence.

Course content

There is a wide range of themes, which include the following:

  • Different theoretical perspectives in developmental psychology;
  • Moral, social, language and cognitive development;
  • Identity development and positive youth development;
  • Ageing, demography and development in the general population

Learning Outcomes


The student:

  • Has knowledge on theories and research in developmental psychology
  • Has knowledge on how biological, cognitive, psychological, social and moral factors can influence development across the life span


The student: 

  • Can reflect on theoretical models and research evidence regarding change processes in development across the lifespan
  • Can reflect on how various factors can hinder or facilitate development

General competence

The student: 

  • Can explain various developmental processes within theoretical framework
  • Is able to integrate existing knowledge on different factors in a comprehensive understanding of developmental processes across the life span

Required Previous Knowledge

Due to the limited number of spaces available and special entry requirements, admission to the course is limited

Recommended Previous Knowledge


Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Access to the Course


Teaching and learning methods


Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching


Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

No mandatory assignments.

Lectures are optional.

Forms of Assessment

A 4-hour school exam, containing up to 3 questions across the course syllabus from which students would be required to answer 2.

Examination Support Material


Grading Scale

The grading system for the school exam will be grades A-F.

Assessment Semester


Reading List

Teaching material will be made known to the students before the start of each semester.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated in accordance with the Faculty of Psychology¿s routine for participatory evaluation and the University of Bergen¿s Quality Assurance System.

Programme Committee

Department of Psychosocial Science

Course Coordinator

Department of Psychosocial Science

Course Administrator

The Faculty of Psychology

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written exam- at home

    26.11.2021, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam