This course offers a unique mix of modules that, unlike a more typical MSc, focuses on integrating knowledge in Psychology and communicating those ideas to the public. The course also provides students with a range of transferable skills that are needed to succeed in a wide range of research-knowledge positions. The course is particularly aimed at students who do not want to actively conduct lab-based research, and would prefer to focus on extending their understanding of Psychology and synthesizing current knowledge in new and meaningful ways. Students have the opportunity to build in-depth knowledge in at least two areas of contemporary Psychology, to develop their critical analysis skills, and to hone their science writing and communication skills.
The course is run by one of the largest and most active Psychology departments in Britain with an excellent reputation for both teaching and research.
We accept a range of qualifications
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
by holding an English language qualification to the right level
by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students
This course is aimed at students who have obtained a good undergraduate degree (at least 2:1 or equivalent) either in Psychology or in any discipline with some Psychology content and wish to extend their understanding of Psychology.
The MA in Psychology comprises a unique mix of topic-based, applied and impact-based modules. This range of modules offers students the opportunity to develop their specific interests whilst at the same time developing the technical and transferable skills they need to succeed in a wide range of research-knowledge positions.
Students undertake the following compulsory taught modules:
Foundations in critical thinking
Current research 1
Current research 2
Research review 1
Public Engagement with Psychological Research
Research project (based on a significant literature review)
Students also take two psychology topics or skills based optional modules to support their learning. Possible optional modules include (please note options may change annually):
Design and analysis 1; Computer Use; Adaptive Behaviour; Lying Brain; Understanding Emotion; Visual Cognitive Neuroscience and Art; Why We Eat What We Eat; Communities and Social Action; Clinical Psychology of Severe Intellectual Disability; Sleep; Speaking and Reading; Developmental Disorders of Language in Children; Parental Cognition; Adult Neuropsychological Syndromes
A wide range of careers are open to students graduating with an MA in Psychology. The MA develops key skills that are highly attractive to employers, namely critical analysis skills, presentation and science writing skills, as well as public engagement (communicating science to the public) skills.
Our students are excellent candidates for research knowledge related employment in both private and public sector organisations including roles in research support and knowledge transfer and positions in industry, the media and with non-clinical employers.
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