You can take the course over one year full-time or two years part-time, depending on your circumstances. We've designed the course to fit in with your existing commitments, with classes scheduled on evenings.
Semester 1: Cognitive Psychology; Personality and Individual Differences; Psychological Research Methods and Social Psychology - 1.5 days a week
Semester 2: Clinical Psychology; Development Psychology and Hormones and Behaviour - 1.5 days a week
January - September: MSc Thesis (journal format) - One-to-one meetings with your personal tutor will arranged at your convenience
Semester 1: Cognitive Psychology and Psychological Research Methods - 2x 0.5 days a week
Semester 2: Clinical Psychology; Development Psychology and Hormones and Behaviour - 2x 0.5 days a week
Semester 1: Personality and Individual Differences; Social Psychology - 0.5 days a week
January - September: MSc Thesis (journal format) - One-to-one meetings with your personal tutor will arranged at your convenience #expand#
Cognitive Psychology (15 credits): You will critically examine how cognitive psychology draws upon different theoretical perspectives and methods of inquiry. You'll study topics such as memory, perception, thinking and language as inter-related cognitive processes. You'll critically examine historical development and theoretical explanations and consider a variety of investigative methods and approaches, gaining an understanding of the careers to which Cognitive Psychology could be applied. In particular, you'll focus on the application of cognitive psychology to the real world (both past and present) including international and cultural perspectives.
Clinical Psychology (15 credits): Clinical psychology the application of psychological science to help address human problems. We'll introduce the profession and explore clinical psychology through critical examination and evaluation of psychopathology (including a history of mental health in relation to psychiatry and psychology), diagnostic frameworks, psychology versus psychiatry, and mental health through the lifespan. You'll also gain an overview of various mental health conditions and interventions, the topic of mental health, race and culture, and get an introduction to the service user movement and service user-led research. Through a mixture of lectures, workshops and interactive activities, you will learn about human behaviour and how, through the application of psychological science, we can help individuals overcome complex problems, promote change and achieve mental wellbeing.
Developmental Psychology (15 credits): You'll explore the defining characteristics, methods and scope of major topic areas in developmental psychology. Topics include perspectives on development from a wide range of research areas: the bio-psychosocial approach, temperament and personality, cognitive development, the family, emotions and attachment, peer relationships, and gender identity.
Hormones and Behaviour (15 credits): Human behaviour is complex, but can be at least partially explained by the interactions between various psychological and physiological components. This module takes a behavioural and endocrinological (i.e. hormonal) approach, investigating the ways in which hormones can influence specific behaviours such as trust, sexual determination, sexual orientation, neurological differentiation, homoregulation, aggression and stress appraisal. We will consider the historical breakthroughs in psychobiology that led to our current understanding, before considering the workings of the endocrine system and the hormones utilised. Hormones to be considered individually will include cortisol, oestrogen, oxytocin, progesterone and testosterone.
Personality and Individual Differences (15 credits): Individual differences are essential whenever we wish to explain how individuals differ in their behaviour. In everyday life, there are often minor and major differences between individuals, groups and populations. It is the focus of individual difference research to explore these differences and how this might impact upon behaviour and choices. Traditionally, individuals have been classified as differing in factors such as personality, intelligence, memory, or physical factors such as body size, sex and age (to name but a few). Importantly, individuals can also differ not only in their current state, but in the magnitude or even direction of response to a given stimulus depending upon their past experiences or the environment they find themselves in. This module aims to cover these fascinating topics of differences and similarities.
Psychological Research Methods (30 credits): The aim of this module is to introduce you to the foundations of Research Methods in Psychology. It is the structure upon which Psychology is built, and will enable you to approach your MSc Thesis with confidence. You will be guided through the process of research design, ethical applications, data collection and subsequent analysis. In addition to being the pinnacle of the programme, your increasing knowledge of research methodology will effectively prepare you for further postgraduate study in psychology and enable a stronger, broader, and more critical understanding of published academic work.
Social Psychology (15 credits): The module introduces you to the history of social psychology, core theories and research, and controversies and debates. You'll explore the evolution of social psychology, social cognition, group processes and relations, and social influence. The workshops within the course address specific issues within these areas, critically evaluating the research and applying them to real-life examples. The course also explores the cultural relativism of social psychological theories and research.
MSc Thesis (60 credits): This module provides an opportunity for you to complete an original investigation within your chosen field of. You will complete a thorough literature search of the previous research relevant to their chosen subject area, before applying the knowledge and skills developed in Psychological Research Methods to test their hypothesis. You may choose any research methods appropriate to the particular area of enquiry. You will then write and present your findings in the form of an academic journal article. This will emphasise the importance of good design and the application of correct methodology, illustrating how effective research can further the cause of charities and other organisations.
You will work independently for much of the time, but your supervisors will be available at time-tabled hours to give guidance in the initial design process, ethical procedures, data collection, and, later, in the analysis and interpretation of the data and preparation of the report.