This programme provides an exciting opportunity to gain intensive training in the psychology of individual differences by a large team of world-class researchers.
It provides advanced graduate-level study in the field of the psychology of individual differences and psychological research skills, and forms a strong basis for further (typically PhD) study.
There are two key subdivisions in the study of human individual differences: personality and mental abilities. Psychology at Edinburgh has a uniquely large number of world-class researchers in both subdivisions.
The programme covers psychometric research methods, the foundations and correlates of human individual differences (including approaches involving information processing, brain-imaging, molecular genetics and biometric models), and the application of individual differences in personality to health. No prior experience of the psychology of individual differences is assumed.
This programme comprises two semesters of taught courses, followed by a research-based dissertation supervised by a member of staff with similar research interests.
Option courses may include:
The programme is aimed primarily at students who are considering advanced research in the area. Students who follow this programme will gain:
This programme has been designed to help you progress your research career and offers a firm basis for further postgraduate study.
The MSc in Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology is a full-time taught postgraduate programme run by the School of Psychology and Neuroscience. This distinctive programme tackles fundamental issues associated with the origins of human cognition via a wide range of
Over two semesters, students take four compulsory modules and 30 credits of optional module(s). The modules are taught through lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Assessment comprises entirely of coursework; there are no exams. On average, class sizes range up to 80 students for lectures and 20 students for seminars.
The final three months of your course will be dedicated to a 15,000-word research project dissertation.
The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry
Our Evolution and Human Behaviour MRes is a research-based course with a taught component that is equivalent to an MSc. It provides a springboard into a career that involves a working knowledge of scientific research.
The course is designed for graduates with a BSc in the life sciences, psychology or anthropology. Fully qualified or intercalating MBBS or BDS students can also apply. It can be taken either as a stand-alone qualification or as an entry route onto a PhD or MD.
The taught component of the course includes training in research approaches relevant to the area of Evolution and Human Behaviour. You have the flexibility to develop your own bespoke course by selecting a set of three complementary modules. Recommended modules, include:
-Comparative Cognition (MMB8043)
-Sensory Systems (MMB8019)
-The Biological Basis of Psychiatric Illness and its Treatment (MMB8010)
You will also participate in training in general research principles, and other professional and key skills.
The core module on the biological study of behaviour introduces the central questions related to Evolution and Human Behaviour research (adaptive consequences, proximate mechanisms, development, and evolutionary history) and the research methods associated with each. Other relevant modules focus on:
-Psychiatric disorders and their treatment
Research-led seminars delivered by members of the Centre for Behaviour and Evolution cover evolutionary psychology areas such as:
-Human mate choice
-Altruism and cooperation
-Food choices and obesity
-Comparative and developmental psychology of cognition
Your research project comprises the major element of the course. This project will involve 24 weeks of research in an area of Evolution and Human Behaviour under the supervision of an expert academic researcher in the field.
The course allows you to experience an internationally competitive research area, predominantly in academia but also potentially in industry. Graduates from our programme have gone on to competitive PhD studentships, as well as jobs in psychology and in research.
Evolution and Human Behaviour MRes is one of a suite of MRes courses that you may also be interested in. See Programme information in our online Prospectus for full details.
Our Medical Sciences Graduate School is dedicated to providing you with information, support and advice throughout your research degree studies. We can help and advise you on a variety of queries relating to your studies, funding or welfare.
Our Research Student Development Programme supports and complements your research whilst developing your professional skills and confidence.
You will make an on-going assessment of your own development and training needs through personal development planning (PDP) in the ePortfolio system. Our organised external events and development programme have been mapped against the Vitae Researcher Development Framework to help you identify how best to meet your training and development needs.
CFT is a “third wave” therapeutic approach which builds upon developmental, social and evolutionary psychology and neuroscience.
CFT is designed to help clinicians work with people who experience high levels of shame and self-criticism, or who find compassion and receiving care from others (including their therapist) difficult to manage. These factors have been associated with poor therapeutic outcome in existing therapies.
CFT is an integrative approach, utilizing the wisdom of both Western and Eastern approaches to helping people change. CFT argues that we can be taught to train our minds (Compassionate Mind Training) to help us to experience compassion, develop various aspects of compassion for ourselves and others, improve our abilities to self-sooth and affiliate with others, and to foster the courage and wisdom we need to cope with difficult life events, memories or emotions (Gilbert, 2009, 2010 Gilbert & Irons, 2005).
There is emerging evidence that teaching people to develop self-compassion can significantly reduce shame and self-criticism and lead to improvements in mental and physical health conditions.
This programme is the world’s first Postgraduate Diploma course in CFT.
The course will provide students with the relevant skills, knowledge and understanding in:
You will attend lectures and workshops, and undertake individual and group learning tasks. You will also attend small group clinical supervision with Dr Ken Goss, and a three-day Retreat lead by Professor Paul Gilbert OBE and Choden to enhance your personal understanding of CFT.
Students will be expected to work within a clinical setting which is conducive to practicing CFT. If this is not available locally the course may be able to assist students in identifying opportunities for clinical practice.
The skills acquired within this course will enhance your existing therapeutic knowledge and skills and clinical outcomes. The course is also designed to help you to work with complex clinical presentations in individual and group settings. The course may also be a foundation for undertaking research and clinical audit in CFT.
This programme studies international relations and the pressing problems humanity faces in the international realm.
By joining this fascinating programme, you’ll become part of a community that is passionate about international relations.
We explore topics such as war, terrorism, power, diplomacy, climate change, trade, poverty, migration and international cooperation; not just their study, but also ways to meet the associated challenges.
Our approach combines innovative research with creative and inspirational teaching, provided by staff who combine intricate knowledge of the major international institutions with a deep appreciation of historical change and the most important ideas in international thought.
You’ll be inspired to explore a world of possibilities, from evolutionary psychology and the sociology of the financial crisis to state survival in the Middle East and the social construction of security.
The programme will be delivered through lectures, seminars, group work and guided independent study.
You will complete two compulsory courses and four option courses, followed by work towards an independently researched dissertation.
With the agreement of the Programme Director, you may select option courses from elsewhere within the University.
By the end of the programme you will:
This qualification could lead to a career in a wide range of institutions and roles, such as regional, national and international government institutions, party political support, development organisations, educational, research and think-tank organisations, banking, media, lobbying, and commercial organisations. You may also choose to continue to further study.
The transferable skills you gain in areas such as communication and research will give you an edge in the employment market, whatever your eventual career.