The MPhil SDP aims to expose students to current theoretically rich concepts in social and developmental psychology and apply them to contemporary social issues, such as parent-child relationships in diverse types of families and communities, psychological adjustment, sexuality, culture, religion, music, entrepreneurship, and forensic investigation. Students are also expected to attend Psychometrics and Linear Regression courses as well as a number of additional research methods courses.
The MSc in Psychological Research is a one year taught master's course. The course provides a broad-based research training programme in psychology, covering theory and methods in core domains of psychology reflecting particular research strengths within the department. Hands-on research training within the core research themes of the department is also provided.
statistical theory and methods
computer modelling of brain function
matlab programming for experimental psychology
emotion, personality and social behaviour
philosophical foundations of psychology
language and development
brain and cognition
On completion, students should be equipped with the necessary skills to facilitate research at MPhil or PhD level in the area of psychology or to go on to a clinical training programme. In addition, we also want to facilitate conversion to psychology from business and economic backgrounds to improve employability for a wider range of job opportunities. The programme will provide a detailed knowledge of the core areas of psychology and principal theoretical and methodological issues in the field. The programme will also provide students with the statistical and methodological skills necessary to undertake research in psychology.
Quantitative Research Methods in Social Science
Methods of Data Analysis in Psychology
Conceptual Issues and Theoretical Perspectives.
Assessment in Clinical Psychology
Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience or Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology
Preception or Cognition
The MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience is aimed at home and international students who are seeking to build on their undergraduate qualifications to develop their project management skills and theoretical knowledge for a career in research or related disciplines. In addition, the programme is aimed at those from closely related science backgrounds to build up a knowledge and practical experience of cognitive neuroscience and psychology before embarking on a psychology related career.
Techniques in Cognitive Neuroscience
Critical Analysis (15 credits)
Current Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience (30 credits)
The MA in Research Methods (Developmental Psychology) is designed for students who plan to continue their graduate studies at PhD level in an area of developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, or social psychology. It is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as providing suitable training for this purpose, and the course is one of the named routes on the MA in Research Methods. It is a Social Sciences faculty degree that involves other departments within the University.
Applied Statistics (30 credits)
Perspectives on Social Research (15 credits)
Qualitative Methods on Social Science (15 credits)
Advanced Developmental Psychopathology Review (15 credits)
Research Design in Child and Clinical Psychology (15 credits)
Current Issues in Developmental Psychology and Psychopathology (30 credits)
Dissertation (60 credits)
The aim of the MSc Developmental Psychopathology is to provide advanced research training for students interested in pursuing careers in the field of research, child development and child health. The subject-specific and generic training provided by the course enables students to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding required of a professional working in research in clinical, child health or other fields.
Advanced Developmental Psychopathology Review
Research Design in Child and Clinical Psychology
Current Issues in Developmental Psychology
Current Issues in Developmental Psychopathology
This MSc promotes knowledge of developmental psychology with a focus on atypical development across the lifespan. Through taught modules you will acquire advanced knowledge of the theories and major findings in this field, and develop expertise in the methods and analytic techniques used in research. The dissertation is an important component of the course, in which you will develop your own original psychological research project under expert supervision. This course provides ESRC accredited research training.
Conducting and Presenting Psychological Research
Statistics for Psychological Research
Applied Aspects of Psychology