This course is for you if you need to improve your English language skills and subject knowledge of psychology before going on to a Masters course. You improve your language fluency and academic vocabulary, develop your academic skills, and gain experience of western methods of teaching and learning so that you can progress onto a relevant Masters course in our Department of Psychology.
At Essex, you can progress onto our MSc Psychology.
Our International Academy offers some of the best routes for international students to enter higher education in the UK. Our innovative courses and programmes have proved very successful with international students and have also attracted UK students because of the distinctive learning environment we offer.
If you are an international student, you may find that the education system in the UK is slightly different from other countries and, sometimes, that the transition to the British system can be challenging. Our courses help you to settle in and adapt to life in the UK.
Alongside improving your academic English skills, you also explore some of the main topics in developmental psychology, including perceptual development, early language acquisition, cognitive and social development.
Our research is challenging and ground-breaking, with 90% of our research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014), placing us in the Top 15 in the UK for research quality. We are supported by some of the most prestigious funding bodies, including the European Commission and the Leverhulme Trust.
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 who increase the diversity and depth of our skills base.
By studying within our International Academy, you will have access to all of the facilities that the University of Essex
has to offer:
-We provide computer labs for internet research; classrooms with access to PowerPoint facilities for student presentations; AV facilities for teaching and access to web-based learning materials
-Our new Student Services Hub will support you and provide information for all your needs as a student
-Our social space is stocked with hot magazines and newspapers, and provides an informal setting to meet with your lecturers, tutors and friends
You also benefit from the state-of-the-art facilities 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, development 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 well-equipped laboratories, office space for research students, and research rooms and social spaces which foster opportunities for innovation, training, and collaboration
-English for Academic Purposes
-Advanced English for Academic Purposes
-Extended English for Academic Purposes Project
-Critical Reading and Seminar Skills
-Research Methods for Psychology and Social Sciences
-Brain and Behaviour (optional)
-Cognitive Psychology I (optional)
-Cognitive Neuropsychology (optional)