We currently offer the opportunity to gain a postgraduate degree by research at the level of MSc, MPhil or DPhil (PhD). Study can be on either a full-time or a part-time basis. The minimum periods of study for achieving these research degrees are as follows:
The Psychology Department fosters a culture of collaborative, multidisciplinary research, and you will join a vibrant community that includes regular work-in-progress seminars to foster an active research environment. You will join one of our four research hubs described below, all of which are engaged in inter-institutional collaborations, including some with non-academic partners such as health-care providers and music conservatoires.
We are happy to consider research proposals on a wide range of topics relevant to our hubs, but may also be looking to fill specific research roles in some areas. Contact us below for more details.
The main focus of the centre is the exploration of the drivers of excellence in performance (whether cognitive, creative or practice-based). We welcome applications from potential MSc and DPhil candidates across a wide range of related topic areas, including:
We have a number of external collaborative projects in the areas of creativity and performance, and also work with internal colleagues in Applied Computing and the University of Buckingham Medical School.
The main aim of the hub is to study the impact of the interpersonal world and support structures on health and well-being in clinical and non-clinical settings. This overarching focus has led to the study of topic areas such as:
Together, these projects represent a body of work which seeks to fight patient isolation and to understand health experiences in the context of a social world. The hub aims to identify methods for supporting patients as they live with long-term conditions, including through developing interventions, assessment techniques and knowledge dissemination. With connections and active research work taking part at four local NHS hospitals, we can offer excellent opportunities for research studies with tangible impact.
The CIBR research hub in the Department of Psychology offers diverse research opportunities in the following areas:
The aim of the research in this area is to explore human behaviour, social experiences and group dynamics in both online and offline contexts.
In this hub, we study the cognitive processes, behavioural issues and developmental factors that affect learning, and how learning environments and individual differences influence educational outcomes. With a focus on the resilience, creativity and happiness of learners, as well as on Specific Learning Difficulties which might impact upon academic performance, we welcome applicants to study a wide range of topics with us, including:
For more information, and to apply online, visit us here: http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/sciences/msc/psychology
Or contact us by email below.
Visit the MSc / MPhil / DPhil Psychology page on the University of Buckingham website for more details!
Bridging the gap between medicine and psychology, the course focuses on understanding the behavioural processes around health and sickness. This programme will allow students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for research and practice as a Health Psychologist. The programme covers a wide-range of approaches, from advanced research methods, through to a working and evidence-based knowledge of behaviour change interventions, and has an embedded placement in an applied setting.
Over the course of the programme, you will develop a strong knowledge base and skill-set appropriate for professional practice in Health Psychology. You’ll learn to analyse, debate, discuss and devise behaviour change interventions for use in primary, secondary and community care. We encourage independence in design and analysis of research, allowing you to develop your skills towards becoming an autonomous researcher, with an increased awareness of the practical reality of working in practice.
This is a one year, full-time programme accepting students in both September and January. Alongside the taught modules, there will be opportunities for you to gain practical work experience from our embedded six-month placement. Taught modules include:
Much like our undergraduate programme, this course will adopt a personalised teaching style built on creating relationships between students and staff. All modules use a tutorial style of teaching, in which students are taught weekly in groups of 7 or fewer, allowing for regular quality contact time with your lecturer. It is through this method that students can achieve excellence in their qualification in a supportive environment.
The course is delivered by a team of experts with wide-ranging research, consulting and practice expertise. There are also contributions from practitioners working in the fields of research, consultancy, and NHS practice.
All modules are assessed by a combination of two assignments. Assignments differ according to the module requirements, but include a variety of assessment styles over the programme including traditional essays and examinations, poster presentation, critical reflections and role plays. You will conduct a systematic review and apply legal and ethical practice frameworks to a case you have come across in your work on placement, reflecting your skills and development as a Trainee Health Psychologist. Your dissertation is written in format for submission to a journal, allowing you to aim to publish your work quickly and easily with support from your supervisor. Previous students have conducted their dissertation on topics including:
The MSc programme provides you with the skills to pursue a PhD and the course team have the expertise to supervise a broad range of Health Psychology topics. Additionally, our MSc Health Psychology also opens doors for other areas of applied psychology by enhancing your application for doctoral-level training. This is particularly true for the Clinical Psychology doctorate, where the cross-over between Health and Clinical Psychology makes a candidate with Masters-level training in Health Psychology appealing.
British Psychological Society accreditation for the MSc programme is currently underway, and is expected to be pre-approved in Summer 2018. Once this is achieved, the course will be officially recognised as providing Stage I training, a pre-requisite for Stage II training in Health Psychology, Chartered Health Psychologist status, and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. Accreditation will be backdated to January 2018 once approved.
Find out more here: https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/research/chr
Website Link for Course: https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/sciences/msc/health-psychology