We offer a variety of full-time taught Masters courses. You can also
choose to undertake your MSc by dissertation
Our MSc Psychology is a conversion course, enabling students of other
disciplines to study psychology and become eligible for membership of the
British Psychological Society.
Our MSc Psychology is a fast-track (one-year) conversion degree that
makes you eligible for
Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British
Psychological Society. This course is ideal if you studied a different
subject at undergraduate level and now wish to pursue psychology, or if you
studied psychology but not on a BPS-accredited course. Registration with the
BPS is a minimum requirement to work as a professional psychologist. The
course provides you with critical and detailed understanding of the core
areas of psychology, plus some specialisation. You will also learn research
methods to an extent which will enable you to devise, analyse and carry out
an empirical research project. Following this course will normally qualify
you to move on to our specialist Masters courses.
Specialist Masters courses
Our specialist Masters courses are ideal if you want to extend the
knowledge of psychology that you gained from your undergraduate degree, or
if you wish to learn the advanced research skills required for further
study, such as a PhD.
MSc Advanced Psychology
Aimed at Psychology graduates who want to further their broader knowledge
of the subject, our MSc Advanced Psychology provides advanced and specialist
training across a broad range of core areas in the field, such as
developmental psychology, neuroscience and neuropsychology, perception and
cognition, and social psychology.
MSc Cognitive Neuropsychology
Cognitive neuropsychology is a branch of cognitive psychology that aims
to understand how the structure and function of the brain relates to
specific psychological processes. It places a particular emphasis on
studying the cognitive effects of brain injury or neurological illness with
a view to developing models of normal cognitive functioning. Evidence is
based on case studies of individual brain damaged patients who show deficits
in brain areas and from patients who exhibit double dissociations. This
course covers the core subjects of cognitive neuropsychological theories.
You will gain an advanced knowledge of appropriate statistical methodology
and neuropsychological research methods. It is a suitable foundation for
graduates wishing to proceed to a programme of further postgraduate study
such as a PhD. In addition it provides training in transferable skills
necessary to meet the current requirements of graduate employers.
MSc Cognitive Neuroscience
Cognitive neuroscience is the scientific study of biological substrates
underlying cognition, with a focus on the neural substrates of mental
processes. You will look at how psychological functions are produced by the
brain. Cognitive neuroscience is a branch of both psychology and
neuroscience, overlapping with disciplines such as physiological psychology,
cognitive psychology and neuropsychology. This course provides a thorough
grounding in the scientific investigation of the neural mechanisms
underlying human behaviour with a particular reference to cognitive
processes. You will be taught the theoretical and biological foundations of
cognitive science, and undertake advanced statistical training. A central
feature is extensive instruction covering the physiological bases and
practical applications of cognitive neuroscience techniques. This core
knowledge will be integrated with knowledge in related areas: experimental
psychology, cognitive neuropsychology and connectionist modelling.
MSc Research Methods in Psychology
This course provides research training for students who intend to pursue
a career as research psychologists, or who wish to take a research degree.
You will extend your theoretical knowledge through advanced study, while
developing a critical awareness of psychological science in relation to its
philosophical and biological contexts, and in relation to research in the
natural and social sciences. The knowledge and skills you acquire will
prepare you for an academic career as well as a wide range of alternative
careers. The course consists of seven taught modules of which four are
compulsory and three optional (taken from a range of advance level modules).
You will also take an advanced module in Research Methods and Statistics
which will run throughout the year, and complete an empirical research
project in the summer term.
MSc Language and the Brain
Our MSc Language and the Brain will offer you an opportunity to take full advantage of the intersecting research interests and areas of expertise within the Department of Psychology and Department of Language and Linguistics at our University. This enables you to identify generalisations about the brain that account for patterns of language use and vice versa..