To provide students with an opportunity for an in-depth, advanced study in a specific area of applied psychology, pertinent to the degree for which they are registered, guided by, but largely independent of, tutor support. To enable students to apply appropriate principles of empirical research to an issue of their choice within the subject area of their degree registration. To enable students to present their research study in the form of a written thesis, using appropriate styles and conventions.
The module aims to give students an overview of the biological bases of behaviour and the cognitive approach to psychology. After initial study of the anatomy physiology of the nervous system, attention is focused on aspects of behaviour that have a clear biological component. Through a series of practical laboratory sessions students will investigate specific central and peripheral nervous system variables and their relation to behaviour. In the second half of the module, the cognitivist approach to psychology will be evaluated and key theories relating to major cognitive faculties explored in depth, with a focus on integrating research from experimental psychology and neuropsychology. In a series of small-group interactive seminars, students will be encouraged to critically evaluate data from these fields and use this knowledge to question some of the fundamental elements of cognitive psychology.
This module aims to develop the depth and breadth of students understanding of core theory and up-to-date research in developmental psychology. In addition to the main topics, student will have opportunities to learn about extended topics of atypical developments, developments throughout the lifespan and applications to educational issues, as well as contemporary topics in applied developmental psychology. Critical discussion of research at masters level is required. Themes and concerns are discussed through the delivery requirements of the BPS Qualifying Syllabus.
This module conforms with the statistics and methodology requirements of the British Psychological Society s Graduate Basis for Registration. The module enables students to understand critically evaluate psychological research to understand how research design relates to research questions. It provides students with advanced skills in a variety of statistical analyses and enables them to conduct ethical psychological research at masters level utilising quantitative and qualitative methods. It provides skills in interpretation critical discussion of published psychological research. It prepares students for their dissertation and enables them to choose appropriate methodologies and analyses for research.
The module aims to develop the depth and breadth of students understanding of theory and research in social psychology and personality psychology. Central themes and concerns in both areas are discussed through the delivery requirements of the BPS Qualifying Syllabus.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.
A major part of your assessment will be your 10,000 to 15,000-word dissertation. A wide variety of assessment methods are employed on the course including laboratory reports, essays, poster presentations, other written assignments and seen and unseen examinations. We will be looking, among other things, at your ability to look critically at both theory and empirical research, and material from different sources. You will receive regular feedback on your work.