Psychology and Psychological Practice MSci (Hons)
Undergraduate, Single Honours
How long it takes:
Undergraduate (4 Years)
Distance learning/ Campus
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Newcastle Law School
First and second years
In your first two years you will study the core theories and methods of psychology, covering child development, learning, abnormal behaviour, cognitive psychology, perception, personality, social psychology, and brain and behaviour. You will also learn how to design experiments and collect and analyse data.
Year abroad option
As a current student you will have the opportunity to take a year abroad in between your second and third years, in a location such as the USA, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong or Singapore. If you take this option you will receive an MSci with Year Abroad.
- Research Methods A: Basic Skills
- Research Methods B: Introduction to Psychological Investigation and Statistics
- Cognitive Psychology
- Introduction to Psychobiology: from Ion Channels to Behaviour
- Introduction to Learning
- Introduction to Developmental Psychology
- Developing Skills for Psychologists/Neuroscientists 1: Making it work at University
- Developing Skills for Psychologists/Neuroscientists 2: Engaging professionally
- Social and Cognitive Development
- Introduction to Psycholinguistics
- Introduction to Social and Differential Psychology
- Neural Basis of Vision and Action
- Research Methods C
- Research Methods D
- Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Year 3 is designed to allow you to develop your individual interests and abilities. You will choose four modules from a wide range of subjects. The modules on offer may vary from year to year, but examples include: Understanding Emotions, Visual Cognitive Neuroscience and Art, Why we eat what we eat, and Clinical Psychology of Severe Intellectual Disability. Class sizes in the third year encourage discussion and places are subject to availability. For each chosen module, there is usually a weekly two-hour lecture plus workshops and/or seminars.
In Year 3 you will also complete an independent Research Project. Under the guidance of a supervisor, you will design a study in your chosen research area, collect and analyse the data, and interpret the data for an oral presentation and written report. This is a substantial piece of independent work that accounts for one-third of the year’s grade, and allows you to develop in-depth knowledge of a specific sub-field of psychology.
Option modules – Example option modules may include:
- Adolescence: Mind and Brain
- Adult Neuropsychological Syndromes
- Antisocial and Violent Behaviours: A Multilevel Perspective
- Brain Damage and Aging in the Attentional System
- Brain Imaging: a Toolbox for Understanding the Human Mind
- Clinical Psychology of Severe Intellectual Disability
- Communities and Social Action
- Development and Disorders of Language in Children
- Early Intervention: Can we improve atypical and neurodevelopmental outcomes?
- Higher Cognitive Function in Children, Adults and Non Human Animals
- Introduction to Programming
- Rehabilitating the Brain
- The Mind Detective: Understanding how the mind works by looking at what happens when it is damaged
- The Neurobiology of Mental Illness
- Visual Cognitive Neuroscience and Art
- Why We Eat What We Eat
- Why We Remember and Why We Forget
- Understanding emotions: A neuro-cognitive perspective
- Psychology of Popular Media Culture
In the fourth year of the MSci Psychology and Psychological Research, you study a range of modules all of which are at Masters level. You will carry out a three-month research placement and a six-month research project within the School, as well as receiving training in transferable skills and advanced scientific methods.
You will gain hands-on experience in cutting-edge research at an internationally competitive level through a research placement and an independent research project that are supervised by our academic and research staff.
Taught components are Masters-level modules. You will take taught modules on transferable skills (eg. presentation skills) and choose options from a list of modules that include advanced research seminars and training in advanced scientific methods (eg. functional brain imaging, computational modelling of behaviours).
- Research project
- Foundations in Critical Thinking
- Proposing Research in Psychology
- Current Research in Psychology
- Introduction to Computational Methods
- Mind, Brain and Models
- Fundamentals in Brain Imaging
- Advanced Brain Imaging Methods
- Application of Electrophysiological Approaches in Cognitive Neuroscience
- Introduction to Neuroscientific Methods
- Foundations of Data Science
Applicants should normally have one of the following:
- A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a US university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
- A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
- An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level
If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.
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USA,UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)
International students starting 2019/20 (per year)
You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.
All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.
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This MSci programme focuses on developing research skills of students. Research skills are versatile and transferable, and so they are useful in a variety of workplaces. Lecturing, consulting and thinktanks are just a few of the possible career paths. Research assistantships in psychological laboratories may be one of the entry-level jobs that you may find attractive upon graduation.
For lectureships in universities and other specialised research posts, a doctorate degree (PhD) is usually necessary. PhD programmes typically take three to four years, in which you may receive financial support for tuition and/or living expenses in the form of studentships. MSci students with excellent academic records may be able to enter a PhD programme with a studentship immediately after MSci; however, PhD studentships are highly competitive and further research experiences beyond MSci may also be necessary. Nevertheless, an MSci should give you an edge over BSc students in the competition for entry into PhD programmes and PhD studentships.
This programme is accredited as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society, provided the minimum standard of a lower second-class Honours degree is achieved. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.