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.
This is a professionally accredited new programme that offers you the opportunity to study psychology to graduate level and become eligible for graduate basis for chartered membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society.
The programme provides detailed coverage of all core aspects of psychology: developmental, social, cognitive, biological and neuropsychology, and individual differences. It also includes conceptual and theoretical perspectives in psychology and psychological research methods.
You will complete a research project on an area of mental health with either adults or children and young people.
This programme is unique in two respects. It is the only British Psychological Society accredited MSc conversion programme that focuses on the psychology of mental health. This focus is particularly suited to those who wish to pursue a career in a caring profession such as clinical psychology. It is also unique in being delivered jointly by a staff team offering unrivalled expertise in both psychological science and clinical psychology.
The programme can be taken full-time or part-time up to 6 years (invoiced at course level).
You will study a combination of compulsory and option courses and complete a research project.
Teaching approaches focus on delivery of psychological science and its application to mental health.
The programme's courses cover classic and contemporary psychology theories and are delivered through a range of engaging teaching approaches. While most classes are face-to-face, there are opportunities to participate in e-learning courses. You are also able to tailor your studies to your interests through a choice of options and research project topics.
Graduates will be eligible to register with the British Psychological Society through graduate basis for chartered membership (GBC). This will create career opportunities where a psychology degree is advantageous or essential. It also creates opportunities for advanced professional training in psychology (e.g. Clinical Psychology or Educational Psychology), which normally require an undergraduate degree in psychology.
You will also develop a range of sophisticated psychological research skills that will open career opportunities in research, including research assistant posts and doctoral research training.
Embark on an exciting new career path and take the first step towards becoming a chartered psychologist with our Graduate Diploma Psychology. This programme is designed for graduates from disciplines outside of psychology.
Our challenging programme is an entry requirement for most accredited postgraduate training courses in the field – including the areas of clinical, health, educational, occupational and forensic psychology. It is accredited to confer eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the British Psychological Society (BPS).
We incorporate a broad and varied range of learning methods to train you in both theory and application.
You’ll complete an empirical research project, as well as core BPS-accredited modules covering personality and individual differences, applying research methods in psychology, developmental psychology, applied human cognition, social psychology and physiology of behaviour.
At GCU, we give you the tools you need to build a career that serves the common good – whether you go on to become a chartered psychologist or pursue a future in research and academia.
Advanced Research Methods; Personality and Individual Differences;Developmental Psychology; Biopsychology and Neuroscience; HumanCognition; Social Psychology; and Empirical Project.
Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS) is an entry requirement for the majority of postgraduate training courses in psychology, for example, clinical, health, educational, occupational and forensic psychology.
The Graduate Diploma in Psychology provides a route to become registered with the BPS for graduates from other disciplines who wish to pursue a professional career in psychology.
After you complete your Graduate Diploma Psychology programme, you’ll have the opportunity to continue in accredited postgraduate study. Our alumni specialise in a range of areas, including clinical, educational, occupational, counselling, forensic and sport and exercise psychology.
MEd Psychology of Education brings graduates from other disciplines up to the academic standard of an honours degree in psychology, while exploring how the core areas of psychology can be applied in educational settings.
It demonstrates how the core areas of psychology - developmental, social, cognitive, psychobiology, individual differences and research methods - can be applied in educational settings. It is therefore an excellent starting point for individuals wishing to pursue a career in educational psychology.
You will study:
Please note that the MEd does not qualify you to practice as an educational psychologist. If you wish to practise as an educational psychologist, you will also need to complete the Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology.
Teaching takes place on Mondays and Thursdays between 1.30-4pm and 5.30-8pm. Part-time students can choose to attend either both afternoons, both evenings or all of one day
We take a varied approach throughout the course. In terms of teaching and learning, the course units are delivered through lectures, tutorials, group-work, practicals and simulations, case-based approaches, and enquiry-based learning. We encourage both individual and co-operative learning and research and hope to foster an ethos of lifelong learning. Many students are experienced teachers and we appreciate the wealth of knowledge and practical experience you bring with you on the course. During research-based learning sessions we encourage you to use all sources of information, including each other. You will receive comprehensive training in the use of electronic databases, library resources, and statistics and qualitative analysis packages. Many other key skills will be developed during the course.
The form of the assessment varies from unit to unit. Written assessment for a course unit usually totals 3,000 words, and may be in the form of an essay, critical review, research report or research proposal. All assessments will be followed by both formative and summative feedback. The dissertation is the report of an empirical research project investigating an aspect of psychology as applied to education in its broadest sense. It is 15,000 words long.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: [email protected]
As the MEd confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Status from the British Psychological Society, a career pathway for our graduates is professional training as a psychologist (e.g. Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology) and we have a good conversion rate in this regard with recent MEd graduates accepted onto doctorate-level training in educational, clinical and counselling psychology. The knowledge and skills gained by psychology graduates means that they are highly regarded by employers (Higher Education Careers Services Unit, November 2010) for work in areas such as health and social care, marketing and PR, management and human resources, education, and the public sector. Many of our graduates use the skills they have acquired to gain promotion or develop their existing careers, whilst others take the opportunity to change profession, for example, moving into teaching, research or working as assistant psychologists and in related positions (e.g. child and adolescent mental health worker). A small number of students go on to study for a doctorate by research (PhD) in educational psychology (which in itself opens a career pathway to working as a researcher or lecturer in higher education). More information about careers may be found on the BPS website http://www.bps.org.uk/ .