M.Phil. Psychology

University of Buckingham

Application deadline: There is no set deadline, however it is recommended to apply at least 3 months prior to the start of the term.
Tuition fee:
  • € 7,979 / Year (EEA)
  • € 14,980 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: April  2014, July  2014, September  2014, January  2015, April  2015
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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At present, we offer the opportunity to gain a postgraduate degree by research at MSc, MPhil or DPhil level. Study can be on either a full-time or a part-time basis. The minimum periods of study for achieving these research degrees are as follows:

* MSc 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
* MPhil 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time
* DPhil 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time

Specific projects that we would be happy to supervise immediately include:

Developmental Psychology

* Conceptual change
* Childrens mental models of natural phenomena
* Misconceptions of scientific theory and practice (in both children and adults)
* Science learning in schools
* Science teaching in schools
* Methods of investigating childrens knowledge

Music Psychology

* Expertise in sight-singing music: Expertise in any domain requires practice and involves the use of specific cognitive strategies. Research on sight-singing has suggested a number of factors involved in pitching sung notes, such as memory, reading intervals, the presence of other musical lines, and an understanding of tonality. This project would extend the existing research by carrying out a number of experiments on expert and less expert singers. (Note: this project could be extended to instrumental sight-reading.)
* Sung text intelligibility: A great deal of music is sung, and an important aspect of perceiving sung music is the extent to which the words can be understood. There are no doubt differences between understanding speech and sung words. This project would investigate a number of factors thought to affect the intelligibility of sung text, based on a previous exploratory survey questionnaire study, in a set of controlled experiments.
* Factors affecting music reading
* Effects of background music on various behaviours / cognitive abilities
* Factors affecting the understanding of sung text
* Gender and musical instrument playing as a function of experience

Cognition and Perception

* Expertise and strategies in cryptic crossword completion: Expertise in any domain requires practice and involves the use of specific cognitive strategies. An exploratory survey of expert cryptic crossword solvers has shed light on their solving habits and the role of motivation, but not really tackled the cognitive strategies involved. This project would investigate the cognitive aspects of cryptic crossword solving in experts, including looking at the role of group work when people solve crosswords together. Methods would include controlled experiments on anagram solving, clue recognition and solving, and completing part-answered clues, as well as the use of online verbal protocols during crossword solving.
* Expertise for problem solving
* Time estimation and processing
* Stroop effect in music reading
* Working memory and dual task performance

Educational Psychology

* Dyslexia
* Provision of special needs accommodations throughout education
* Effects and perceived benefits of special needs education post-education

General areas that we would be happy to supervise projects in include:

* Evolutionary psychology, particularly intergenerational conflict
* Psychology of religion
* Questionnaire design
* Object recognition and naming
* Reading for meaning in literary texts
* Discourse, authorship and readership
* Role of shame in counselling, therapy and education

Contents

The Master of Science (MSc) is available as a research degree. Candidates seeking the degree on the basis of research undertake one year of supervised research on a topic with an area for which the first degree would be the degree of Bachelor of Science (two years if they are studying part-time), at the end of which they submit a thesis embodying the results of their research. This research must demonstrate familiarity with, and an understanding of the subject, its principal sources and authorities. It should display critical discrimination and a sense of proportion in evaluating evidence and the judgements of others. The subject should be dealt with in a competent and scholarly manner. Candidates who are awarded the degree of MSc will have demonstrated their ability to conduct independent research using a range of primary and/or secondary sources and to present this in an organised, coherent and scholarly manner. Candidates for the degree of MSc must already hold a good honours degree or the equivalent. Admission to the degree is normally on a provisional basis while the candidate, with the help of the supervisor, refines the proposal for the research, including developing a work plan and identifying the requirements for support and resources and how these will be met.

The degree of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is a degree that is awarded on the basis of a thesis embodying the results of supervised research. Despite the name of the degree, it may be awarded in any subject or discipline. Candidates spend a period of two years full-time or four years part-time undertaking supervised research, at the end of which they submit a thesis embodying the results of that research. This thesis must demonstrate familiarity with, and an understanding of the subject, its principal sources and authorities. It should display critical discrimination and a sense of proportion in evaluating evidence and the judgements of others. The subject should be dealt with in a competent and scholarly manner.

The research embodied in the thesis for the degree of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) must advance understanding in the field or area of study concerned.

Candidates seeking the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on the basis of a thesis embodying the results of supervised research must already hold a good honours degree or the equivalent.

Admission to the degree is normally on a provisional basis while the candidate, with the help of the supervisor, refines the proposal for the research, including developing a work plan and identifying the requirements for support and resources and how these will be met. Except in cases where a candidate has already demonstrated an ability to conduct research at an advanced level, students are registered initially for the degree of MPhil (Master of Philosophy). Registration is upgraded to DPhil, normally between 12 and 18 months from first registration, once the student has demonstrated through the submission of draft written work that he or she has the ability to conduct research at the advanced level required for the award of the degree.

The period of study required for the award of a DPhil is three years full-time or six years part-time. At the end of this period (or earlier in exceptional cases), the candidate submits a thesis embodying the results of the research. This thesis must demonstrate familiarity with, and an understanding of the subject, its principal sources and authorities. It should display critical discrimination and a sense of proportion in evaluating evidence and the opinions of others. It must also embody an original contribution to the knowledge of the discipline either by the discovery of new knowledge, or by the exercise of a new and independent critical approach. The subject should be dealt with in a competent and scholarly manner.

Requirements

Minimum 2:1 degree in Psychology or related discipline

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: 60 (Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 570
TOEFL iBT® test: 90

Funding

Bursaries and scholarships can be a great way of financing your studies, and enabling you to achieve your potential. If you win a scholarship, you receive a discount on your fees and, most important, a scholarship on your CV will make you stand out to future employers.

How many bursaries and scholarships are available?
A number of scholarships and bursaries are awarded annually by the University which vary from partial fee to full-fee awards. These are thanks to the donations received from supporters of the University, including the Audrey Osborn Trust, The Headley Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, Brunner Family Trust, RM & D Gregory, Eranda Foundation and John Desborough Memorial Bequest.

Applications are now closed for July and September 2012 applicants. We will be considering January and April 2013 applicants from Monday 17 September, the deadline for submission will be Friday 2 November.

The following Scholarships have specific entry criteria and / or deadlines:

* Sir Ray Tindle Scholarships
* The Paul E H Davis Awards Deadline for applications: 31 October 2012 for Exhibitions & flexible for Research Scholarship.

Entry requirements & procedure
It is the Universitys policy to ensure that bursaries and scholarships are awarded to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to benefit from a University education. In the case of some scholarships, at the request of the donor, academic merit will also be taken into consideration.

All awards are subject to your meeting the Universitys academic entry requirements and abiding by the rules and regulations. To be eligible to apply for a scholarship you will need to have been offered a place to study at Buckingham. In the case of UCAS applications, if you are made an award you will need to select Buckingham as your firm acceptance choice.

Please note: these awards are made to new students only, current students are not eligible to apply.

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