Modules for course C8BY | MA/PSYCH
MA Psychology

These are the modules currently offered on this course in the 2018–19 academic year.

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Year 1 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • PRP-4020: MA Dissertation (60) Core
    Students will receive tutorials and guidance in how to plan a literature search, conduct a literature review, and develop a thesis.

Semester 2

  • PRP-4020: MA Dissertation
    Students will receive tutorials and guidance in how to plan a literature search, conduct a literature review, and develop a thesis.

Optional Modules

120 credits from:

  • PPP-4004: Bio Bases of Neuro Disorders (20) (Semester 1)
    The module will provide insights into aspects of clinical and basic neuroscience that are critical for understanding the neurobiological basis of mental illness. Topics will include: • The functional organization of the human brain; • The structure and function of neurons, neural transmission and basic neuropharmacology; • Principles of neuropsychological assessment; • Systems neuroscience, as revealed by neurophysiology and neuropsychology, relevant to understanding major neuropsychiatric illness, including anxiety, depression, learning disability and psychosis. Special attention will focus on: • The functions of the limbic system, frontal cortex, hypothalamus and other subcortical structures in regulating learning, motivation, emotion and empathy. • The functions of the frontal and parietal cortex in regulating attention and purposeful behavior. • The function of major ascending neurotransmitter systems and their derangement in major psychiatric illness.
  • PPP-4005: Methods in Cog & Brain Res (20) (Semester 1)
    One part of the module will provide specific examples in selected areas of cognition and neuroscience, including patient studies, psychophysics, MRI, EEG and TMS. This part is composed of guest lectures talking about one or more research methods in cognition and brain. The second part of the module aims to provide in-depth analysis of specific topics within the area of psychology and neuroscience, highlighting the different methods. This part includes students’ evaluation and writing about one selected topic in cognition and brain.
  • PPP-4007: Applied Psych in Context (20) (Semester 1)
  • PPP-4008: Bilingualism: Res & Methods (20) (Semester 1)
    Methods covered in this module will be selected form the following list, for each of which we have experts within the School of Psychology: Computational modelling, Corpus Analysis, Neuropsychology, Experimental psychology (Reaction times and eye-tracking), Neuroscientific methods (Event-related potentials, fMRI).
  • PPP-4013: Theoretical Models in Clin Psy (20) (Semester 2)
    This module explores the key theoretical models on which clinical psychology practice is based, and illustrates how these models inform clinical practice. This is intended to assist students in making decisions about pursuing a career in clinical psychology and to help prepare students for seeking relevant posts or training places. The module is presented in 11 weekly sessions consisting of lectures and small-group activities. Lectures will be given mainly by practising clinicians with expertise in particular theoretical approaches and their practical application to clinical problems, who have kindly agreed to contribute as guest lecturers to this module. Small-group work will include a range of activities designed to broaden students’ understanding of the concepts outlined in the lectures.
  • PPP-4014: Top in Child Health and Wellbe (20) (Semester 1)
    Fear and behaviour change Attitude and behaviour change Self-regulation and behaviour change Self-determination and behaviour change Motives and behaviour change Personality and behaviour change Social relationships and behaviour change Integration of theories Reading List Ayers, S., Baum, A., McManus, C., Newman, S., Wallston, K., Weinman, J., & West, R. (Eds.) (2007). Cambridge handbook of psychology, health, and medicine (2nd ed.). New York: Cambridge University Press. Baum, A., Revenson, T. A., & Singer, J. (Eds.) (2012). Handbook of health psychology (2nd ed.). New York: Psychology Press. Conner, M., & Norman, P. (2005). Predicting health behaviour: Research and practice with social cognition models (2nd ed.). Maidenhead: Open University Press. de Ridder, D. T. D , & de Wit, J. B. F. (Eds.) (2006). Self-regulation in health behavior. Chichester: Wiley. Friedman, H. S. (Ed.) (2011). The Oxford handbook of health psychology. New York: Oxford University Press. French, D., Vedhara, K., Kaptein, A. A., & Weinman, J. (2010). Health psychology (2nd ed.). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. Suls, J. M., Davidson, K. W., & Kaplan, R. M. (Eds.) (2010). Handbook of health psychology and behavioral medicine. New York: Guilford Press. Vollrath, M. E. (Ed). (2006). Handbook of personality and health. Chichester: Wiley.
  • PRP-4014: Advanced Research Methods (20) (Semester 2)
    The content of the course will comprise of the following elements: Systematic Review, Meta-analysis, Qualitative Analysis, Single-Case Designs, Advanced Regression, ANOVA and ANCOVA, Repeated-measures and Mixed ANOVA, Categorical data & Logistic Regression, Factor, Cluster, & Reliability Analysis, MANOVA & Discriminant Function Analysis, Path Analysis & Structural Equation Modelling, Statistical Power & Effect Sizes, Statistics & Experimental Design. Reading List Field, A. (2009) Discovering Statistics Using SPSS (3rd Ed.). Sage (Essential) Tabachnick, B. &Fidell, L. (2007). Using Multivariate Statistics (5th Ed.) Pearson. (Further reading)
  • PRP-4015: Research Methods Skills (20) (Semester 1)
    It is expected that the students will enter the programme with a diverse range of skills. This module is to ensure that students on this programme are equiped with the research methods skills necessary to study psychology. The programme is not designed to engage the students in a heavy research programme, but rather allow the study of psychology without the usual emphasis on research, research methods, and statistics. However, there is a level of competency in research methods and statistics required for an understanding of the area, as well as bing able to carry out an empirical project. The course is designed for students to establish mastery at a fundamental level for the following topics: research methods basics, descriptive statistics, correlation, basic and advanced experimental design, parametric tests, t-tests, ANOVA (between, repeated and mixed)
  • PPP-4017: Nudges and Behaviour Change (20) (Semester 1)
    Topics covered in this module will include decision making (results, brain areas, biases, irrationality etc). Choice architectures and how they influence decision making e.g. message framing. How decision making can be influenced "in the moment" e.g. through nudges and priming and in the "long term" e.g. behaviour change. Issues regarding applying these concepts to real world problems will be discussed througout.
  • PPP-4018: The Psychology of Language (20) (Semester 2)
  • PPP-4019: Psychology Disciplinary Elop* (20) (Semester 2)
  • PPP-4020: Global Early Childhood (20) (Semester 2)
  • PPP-4025: Applied Neurosci: Case Studies (20) (Semester 2)
  • PPP-4026: Clin&Applied Neurosci:Theory (20) (Semester 2)
  • PPP-4027: Educational Neuroscience (20) (Semester 2)
  • You are permitted to choose 20 credits from another school. If students take PPP4025, then they must also take PPP4026.