This programme develops skills in advanced research methods and data anaylsis in psychology, and is suitable for students from a variety of backgrounds. The MSc also acts as a conversion degree for students from a non-psychology background who wish to obtain the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Students acquire a wide range of practical research skills. They gain knowledge of the nature and limitations of the scientific method and the main alternatives. In addition they develop knowledge of a range of general historical, theoretical, and philosophical issues underlying the discipline of psychology.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of seven core modules (120 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits).
Core modules -Computer Programming -Empirical Projects -Understanding Individuals and Groups -Social Psychology -Qualitative Data Analysis -Brain and Mind -Statistics
Dissertation/report All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–12,000 words.
Teaching and learning The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars and small-group lectures and practicals. Assessment is through reports of empirical projects carried out individually and in groups, essays, examination, computing project, literature review, web page, PowerPoint presentation, and poster presentation. The main group project is assessed through a 6,000–10,000 word report.
For those applicants from a non-psychology background, the programme (once accredited) will also confer GBC, which is the necessary academic qualification required for entry into chartered professional postgraduate programmes in, e.g. clinical, health or education psychology.
Employability By the end of this training, students will have acquired a wide range of practical research skills and knowledge of a range of general historical, theoretical, and philosophical issues underlying the discipline of psychology.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The Division of Psychology & Language Sciences undertakes world-leading research and teaching in mind, behaviour, and language.
Our work attracts staff and students from around the world. Together they create an outstanding and vibrant environment, taking advantage of cutting-edge resources such as a behavioural neuroscience laboratory, a centre for brain imaging, and extensive laboratories for research in speech and language, perception, and cognition.
Opportunities for graduate students to work with world-renowned researchers exist in all areas of investigation, from basic processes to applied research. The division offers a supportive environment including numerous specialist seminars, workshops, and guest lectures.