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Psychology and Human Development

Encompassing psychological approaches to learning, development and teaching from early childhood to adulthood.

Head of Department: Professor Robert Savage

The Department of Psychology and Human Development (PHD) brings together staff with research and teaching interests that encompass psychological approaches to learning, development and teaching from early childhood to adulthood.

We are the only university department within the discipline in the UK devoted to work in developmental psychology, particularly as regards its application to education and other real-world settings.

Our staff

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Study with us

Our department runs a range of courses, including  the MSc in Child Development, MSc Psychology of Education and Doctorate in Professional Educational Child and Adolescent Psychology which are British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited.

In addition the Special Educational Needs Joint Initiative for Training (SENJIT) is responsible for a wide range of outreach courses, many at Masters level, providing professional development for those involved in teaching and related work in special needs.

Expertise

Our team has leading experts in psychology with particular reference to learning, development and teaching from early childhood to adulthood.

Undergraduate

Our BPS accredited Psychology with Education BSc course is a new undergraduate programme that offers students the opportunity to study at a world-leading centre for education studies and related social sciences.

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Graduate research

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Professional development

Consultancy

Education and psychological development

Our department provides high quality consultancy in a wide range of areas related to education and psychological development in London and surroundings, nationally and internationally in over 25 countries.

Clients

Major partners for whom the Institute provides consultancy services include schools, social services departments, hospital departments, local authorities, universities, government agencies and NGOs, Ministries of Education, professional bodies and learned societies.

Case Studies

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Research

Current and recent research, funded by a wide range of bodies such as the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Leverhulme Trust and the Nuffield Foundation among others, includes:

  • School organisational contexts for learning.
  • Language, literacy and numeracy.
  • Teaching processes and pedagogy.
  • Learning processes.
  • Social and emotional competence.
  • Special educational needs.

Our research identity is in psychology (particularly in relation to education) and special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Educational neuroscience is being developed within our psychology interests.

We publish and research in the following key areas:

  1. Psychology and typical development, focussing on classroom practices and their relationship with learning (science, maths, literacy, class size, deployment of TAs, motivation).
  2. Educational neuroscience.
  3. SEN areas of autism, emotional disorders, hearing impairment, disorders of perception, language difficulties, learning difficulties, literacy difficulties, numeracy difficulties, visual impairment and youth offending.

Doctoral students make a valued contribution in these areas.

Featured research 

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