The programme’s modules are designed to provide a holistic and academic basis for the students’ learning experience and enable them to successfully continue to postgraduate studies.
In Level 4, there are 7 modules that form the basis for an introductory approach to psychology. PC4056 Biological Bases of Behaviour focuses on the basic principles of neuroscience and physiology related to behaviour. The module aims to provide students with an introduction to the fundamentals of biological psychology.
PC4053 Child Development and Behaviour aims to introduce students to some of the most influential theories in developmental psychology. Students will be introduced to some classic research that will help them to evaluate theories of development and their empirical basis.
PC4054 Cognition and Behaviour introduces students to some of the foundational theories in cognitive psychology, including a prehistory of cognition which considers earlier approaches to human thought and behaviour.
PC4009 Introduction to Research in Psychology introduces studentsto the practice of conducting and reporting research in psychology, and develops their skills in gathering, analysing and evaluating information.
PC4052 Personality aims to provide students with awareness of theories and models of personality and an understanding of how theory and research in this field can help explain individual differences in behaviour.
PC4055 Social Influences on Thinking and Behaviour provides students with an introduction to and understanding of key theories and models of social psychology in their historical and cultural context.
PC4051 Study Skills for Psychology aims to encourage students to develop practical, ethical, intellectual and interpersonal skills that are of use in many employment settings, and also provides students with a toolkit of intellectual and practical academic skills
In Level 5, there are 7 modules.
PC5054-Cognition focuses on providing students with an understanding of the internal representations and processes underlying cognition and key theories and models of cognitive psychology and related research in their historical and cultural contexts.
PC5055-Development across the Lifespan focuses on how human behaviour changes across the lifespan, emphasising changes in thinking and cognition during childhood and beyond.
PC5056-Individual Differences introduces students to classic and contemporary theories and research in topics related to personality, intelligence, and psychometrics.
PC5052-Psychobiology allows students to evaluate key biological, genetic and evolutionary theories of behaviour in their historical and cultural contexts.
PC5050-Psychology and Employment provides students with the opportunity to critically consider the nature of employment, including issues related to inclusion in the workplace and to consider alternative (e.g. anti-racist) ways of working.
PC5001-Research Design and Data Analysis in Psychology aims to introduce students to methods of psychological investigation and to develop their ability to design such investigations, to understand the ethical implications of the methods used, and to assess the data collected.
PC5067-Social and Cultural Understanding of Us and Others examines social perception and behaviour in terms of how individuals think about and seek to understand their social world through their interactions with others at the group and societal levels.
In Level 6, students undertake a Dissertation project, on their selected topic and under appropriate supervision. The Dissertation needs to be completed during the year. In addition to the Dissertation project, students will also need to select 6 modules from 7 options.
The core module is:
PC6P01-Project where students need to undertake an independent piece of research on a topic of their choosing and under appropriate supervision.
The 7 optional modules (students need to choose 6 of them) are:
PC6069-Clinical Neuroscience where students develop and integrate their knowledge of biological psychology with reference to clinical disorders.
PC6071-Clinical Psychology which promotes knowledge and understanding of the field of Clinical Psychology and psychopathology.
PC6054-Counselling Psychology introduces students to the discipline of counselling psychology as one of the main forms of applied psychological practice.
PC6051-Forensic Psychology where students are provided with a solid basis of knowledge and understanding of the application of empirical research and theory in psychology to the study of contemporary issues and processes within the criminal justice system.
PC6070-Health Psychology where students will have the opportunity to investigate the role played by physiological, psychological, social and cultural mechanisms in the causation and treatment of physical illnesses.
PC6050-Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology where students will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in qualitative research.
PC6056-Work Psychology where students will gain a critical understanding of a range of theories, models, applied research and application within work and organisational contexts.