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Advanced Psychology - MSc


Course Description

Explore the real-world applications of psychological research, from memory and children’s use of video games to using websites for the public communication of scientific knowledge. On this course, you gain a deeper understanding of the contemporary issues that researchers are addressing today.

Our MSc Advanced Psychology provides 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.

Since you study the topics our researchers are currently working on, exact themes are determined by staff interests. Examples of topics studied include:
-Mirror neurons and the representation of touch
-Augmenting human memory with technology
-Aggression and solitary behaviour in children
-Communicating emotions in speech
-Trypophobia and the fear of holes
-Facial recognition

Our research is challenging and ground-breaking, with 90% rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014), placing us in the top 15 in the UK. We are supported by some of the most prestigious funding bodies, including the European Commission and the Leverhulme Trust.

We are a warm and friendly Department, and we wish to welcome both psychology graduates who have recently completed their studies, and mature students who may wish to upgrade their qualifications, refresh their CV, or return to academic study after a period of time away from education.

Our expert staff

Our academic staff include award-winning teachers and prize-winning researchers who are international experts in their own research areas.

The Cognitive and Developmental Psychology Group are researching attention, language, decision-making, and memory. Recent projects have investigated the psychology of energy reduction, the enhancement of human memory through technology, and improvements in the usability and design of transport maps.

The Social and Health Psychology Group work on motivations, needs, intercultural contact, and sexual attraction. Recent projects include the impacts of living and studying abroad, and how personal relative deprivation is linked to problem gambling.

The Cognitive and Sensory Neuroscience Group research brain function and human behaviour. Recently they have been working on projects on the neural processes underlying language production, how motivations are communicated through tone of voice, and how the brain performs 3D vision. They previously developed the BioAid mobile phone app that turns an iPhone into a biologically inspired hearing aid.

Our department is expanding, and has recently appointed a number of excellent researchers whose expertise increases the diversity and depth of our skills base.

Specialist facilities

We are committed to giving you the best access to state-of-the-art facilities in higher education, housed entirely within our purpose-built psychology building on our Colchester Campus:
-Dedicated laboratories including a virtual reality suite and an observation suite
-Specialist areas for experimental psychology, visual and auditory perception, developmental psychology and social psychology
-Study the development of perceptual and cognitive abilities in infants in our Babylab
-Our multimillion pound Centre for Brain Science (CBS) contains specialist laboratories, office space for research students, and research rooms and social spaces which foster opportunities for innovation, training, and collaboration

Your future

With the skills and knowledge you acquire from studying within our Department of Psychology, you will find yourself in demand from a wide range of employers. Our graduates have been employed in clinical psychology, educational psychology, criminal and forensic psychology.

We also have excellent links with the research community; we are recognised by the ESRC as providing excellent postgraduate training and are an accredited Doctoral Training Centre, offering several studentships.

Our recent PhD students have taken up post-doctoral positions in other top UK universities and international universities (in the US, Italy and Australia), as well as being appointed to lectureships.

Example structure

Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. The combination of compulsory and optional modules means our courses help you develop extensive knowledge in your chosen discipline, whilst providing plenty of freedom to pursue your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

MSc Advanced Psychology
-Special Topics in Social Psychology
-Research Project (MSc)
-Special Topics in Individual Differences and Developmental Psychology
-Special Topics in Neuroscience and Neuropsychology
-Special Topics in Perception and Cognition
-Fundamentals of Neuroscience and Neuropsychology (optional)
-Research Management (optional)
-Cognitive Neuropsychology of Language (optional)
-Critical Literature Review (optional)
-Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience (optional)
-Psychology at Work and in the Real World (optional)
-Visual Attention: From lab to life (Advanced) (optional)
-Psycho Analytic Theory (optional)
-Psychoanalysis of Groups and Organisations (optional)
-Psychosocial Perspectives on Human Rights (optional)
-Thinking Psychoanalytically (optional)
-Advertising: Commerce and Creativity (optional)
-Interviewing and Qualitative Data Analysis (optional)
-Formative Debates in Criminology (optional)

Visit the Advanced Psychology - MSc page on the University of Essex website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You need a first, upper second or high lower second class honour degree, or equivalent, in psychology or a related subject. We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Email for further details about the qualifications we accept. Include information in your email about the undergraduate qualification you have already completed or are currently taking. IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5

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