This programme develops skills in advanced research methods and data analysis in psychology, and is suitable for students from a variety of backgrounds.
Students acquire a wide range of practical research skills. They gain knowledge of the nature and limitations of the scientific method and the main alternatives. In addition they develop knowledge of a range of general historical, theoretical, and philosophical issues underlying the discipline of psychology.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of seven core modules (120 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits).
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–12,000 words.
The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars and small-group lectures and practicals. Assessment is through reports of empirical projects carried out individually and in groups, essays, examination, a computing project, a literature review, web page and PowerPoint presentation. The main group project is assessed through a 6,000–10,000 word report.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university of an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
ESRC 1+3 studentships are available for this programme. You must specify on your application if you wish to be considered for this award. The current MPhil/PhD application deadline is 31 January.