Psychology is an empirical science that aims to understand how and why humans and non-human animals act in the ways they do and to apply that knowledge in a wide variety of settings. The discipline is very wide-ranging spanning from the observations of basic neural mechanisms to analyses of complex human relationships. This breadth and natural applicability to many different aspects of society have made it the largest scientific discipline for study in Higher Education in the UK and the second largest discipline overall. The Masters in Psychology is an excellent avenue for those who did not do an undergraduate degree in psychology to study the subject and to then train to become a professional psychologist, or to become a researcher in the field or to simply use the knowledge and skills gained in another career.
The programme of studies is designed to develop students knowledge, understanding, research and practical skills in psychology. This is achieved through the following modules, each worth 30 credits:
The MSc in Psychology is an ideal platform for individuals wishing to become involved in psychology either professionally or academically and also for those who wish to seek progression in certain types of career.
This is a programme that can be completed either full-time or part-time. It may be possible to move from full-time to part-time study and vice-versa to accommodate any external factors such as financial constraints or domestic commitments. Many of our students make use of this flexibility and this may impact on the overall duration of their study period. In Semester A, the modules on offer are Research Methods and Cognitive Psychology & Psychobiology whilst in Semester B, CHIPS & Social Psychology (Conceptual & Historical Issues in Psychology) and Developmental Psychology & Personality/Individual Differences are taught. Students wishing to obtain a Masters qualification will then be required to undertake an independent research project usually in the semester following completion of the core modules; if this occurs at the end of Semester B, the project can take place during the summer period whilst if it occurs at the end of Semester A, the project can take place during the following Semester B.
The programme offers three intermediate awards. A Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology is awarded following successful completion of 60 Level M credits. A Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology is awarded for achieving 120 Level M credits for the following four modules: Research Methods, Cognitive Psychology & Psychobiology, CHIPS & Social Psychology (Conceptual & Historical Issues in Psychology), and Developmental Psychology & Personality/Individual Differences. The Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (with Empirical Project) will only be available to those students who have 60 or more Psychology credits in their previous degree and do not want to undertake the final MSc research project. To obtain this qualification, in addition to the four core modules listed above, students will need to complete a Level 3 independent research project worth 20 credits.
The programme uses a variety of teaching and learning methods designed to enable participants to develop active learning techniques, reflect on practice and attain the learning outcomes for each module. Teaching methods vary from module to module and include lectures, seminars, tutorials, group exercises, peer study groups and individual supervision. Direct class contact is supplemented by on-line interactive web environment materials, individual reading, completion of exercises and preparation for assignments.
Learning resources include IT and general psychology laboratories (which includes specialist research hardware and software), access to electronic journals and databases, and specialist library facilities.
A wide range of assessment procedures are employed in line with UELs Assessment Policy to ensure a high standard of academic and professional competence. Exams and coursework are moderated, whilst dissertations are double marked, using a range of criteria explicitly outlined in the programme handbooks and known to students in advance. Assessments will include coursework, written unseen exams and a written research dissertation.
No work experience is required.
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