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University of St Andrews, Full Time MSc Degrees in Psychology

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A conversion route into Psychology for students who hold an Honours degree in a subject other than Psychology. Accredited by the British Psychological Society. Read more

MSc Psychology (Conversion)

• A conversion route into Psychology for students who hold an Honours degree in a subject other than Psychology.

• Accredited by the British Psychological Society.

• Equips students with the necessary skills to facilitate research at MPhil or PhD level in the area of psychology or go on to a professional training programme.

• Facilitates conversion to psychology from business and economic backgrounds to improve employability for a wider range of job opportunities.

• Provides the statistical and methodological skills necessary to undertake research in psychology.

• Gain a detailed knowledge of the core areas of psychology and principal theoretical and methodological issues in the field.

Features

* The School of Psychology & Neuroscience has 42 full-time academic staff, 9 technical staff, 72 research postgraduates, 18 postdoctoral researchers and 54 taught postgraduate students.

* The School has an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research and has some of the best psychological laboratory facilities in the UK. The School of Psychology & Neuroscience has consistently been ranked one of the best research departments in the UK.

* The breadth and variety of psychology and neuroscience taught in the School are particular strengths with significant opportunities to collaborate and benefit from a range of techniques applied to understanding the behaviour of humans and animals.

* Considerable contact time with researchers occurs via tutorials and research project supervision’.

Postgraduate community

The School’s size promotes a friendly atmosphere with a crossflow of ideas while providing the depth and breadth necessary to pursue major scientific programmes at an international level. We have active links with other Schools and Departments within the University, with other Scottish universities and with research institutions outside the UK.

We have a large and thriving community of research staff and postgraduate students. We believe that good teaching and good research go hand-in-hand and we take pride in our research-based culture of teaching.

Facilities

We are equipped with modern technology to perform virtually all aspects of psychological research. Facilities include laboratories in neurophysiology, psychopharmacology, psychophysics, animal learning and cognition, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology and social psychology. We have extensive computing facilities for both online control of experiments and offline analysis of data.

Careers

We see postgraduate study as part of your long-term career development. Alongside the University’s Careers Centre (see page 26), we offer advice and support in planning your career. The School provides opportunities to gain experience of working in an academic context, by being involved in tutorials, laboratory classes and other aspects of academic work.

The vast majority of our postgraduates have gained postdoctoral and lecturing positions in universities across the world while others have jobs in healthcare (as researchers and clinicians), wildlife conservation, information technology and management services.

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Suitable for highly capable students wishing to pursue a research career in evolutionary psychology or related field. Advanced research training in a range of intellectual and practical skills associated with evolutionary and comparative approaches to the study of mind. Read more

MSc in Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology: The Origins of Mind

• Suitable for highly capable students wishing to pursue a research career in evolutionary psychology or related field.

• Advanced research training in a range of intellectual and practical skills associated with evolutionary and comparative approaches to the study of mind.

• Gain a detailed knowledge of the evolutionary and comparative literature and principal theoretical and methodological issues in this field.

• Gain the statistical and methodological skills necessary to undertake research in evolutionary psychology.

• This distinctive programme tackles fundamental issues associated with the origins of human cognition via a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches.

Features

* The School of Psychology & Neuroscience has 42 full-time academic staff, 9 technical staff, 72 research postgraduates, 18 postdoctoral researchers and 54 taught postgraduate students.

* The School has an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research and has some of the best psychological laboratory facilities in the UK. The School of Psychology & Neuroscience has consistently been ranked one of the best research departments in the UK.

* The breadth and variety of psychology and neuroscience taught in the School are particular strengths with significant opportunities to collaborate and benefit from a range of techniques applied to understanding the behaviour of humans and animals.

* Considerable contact time with researchers occurs via tutorials and research project supervision’.

Postgraduate community

The School’s size promotes a friendly atmosphere with a crossflow of ideas while providing the depth and breadth necessary to pursue major scientific programmes at an international level. We have active links with other Schools and Departments within the University, with other Scottish universities and with research institutions outside the UK.

We have a large and thriving community of research staff and postgraduate students. We believe that good teaching and good research go hand-in-hand and we take pride in our research-based culture of teaching.

Facilities

We are equipped with modern technology to perform virtually all aspects of psychological research. Facilities include laboratories in neurophysiology, psychopharmacology, psychophysics, animal learning and cognition, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology and social psychology. We have extensive computing facilities for both online control of experiments and offline analysis of data.

Careers

We see postgraduate study as part of your long-term career development. Alongside the University’s Careers Centre (see page 26), we offer advice and support in planning your career. The School provides opportunities to gain experience of working in an academic context, by being involved in tutorials, laboratory classes and other aspects of academic work.

The vast majority of our postgraduates have gained postdoctoral and lecturing positions in universities across the world while others have jobs in healthcare (as researchers and clinicians), wildlife conservation, information technology and management services.

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This programme is designed as training for highly capable students wishing to pursue a higher research degree in Psychology (e.g. Read more

MSc Research Methods in Psychology

• This programme is designed as training for highly capable students wishing to pursue a higher research degree in Psychology (e.g. PhD), in order both to equip you with the specific skills necessary for the completion of your research and to provide you with the general skills necessary for undertaking a career as a research psychologist.

• Appropriate for students who wish to pursue research in psychology that is related to the social sciences.

• The programme is recognised by the UK Economic and Social Research Council.

Features

* The School of Psychology & Neuroscience has 42 full-time academic staff, 9 technical staff, 72 research postgraduates, 18 postdoctoral researchers and 54 taught postgraduate students.

* The School has an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research and has some of the best psychological laboratory facilities in the UK. The School of Psychology & Neuroscience has consistently been ranked one of the best research departments in the UK.

* The breadth and variety of psychology and neuroscience taught in the School are particular strengths with significant opportunities to collaborate and benefit from a range of techniques applied to understanding the behaviour of humans and animals.

* Considerable contact time with researchers occurs via tutorials and research project supervision’.

Postgraduate community

The School’s size promotes a friendly atmosphere with a crossflow of ideas while providing the depth and breadth necessary to pursue major scientific programmes at an international level. We have active links with other Schools and Departments within the University, with other Scottish universities and with research institutions outside the UK.

We have a large and thriving community of research staff and postgraduate students. We believe that good teaching and good research go hand-in-hand and we take pride in our research-based culture of teaching.

Facilities

We are equipped with modern technology to perform virtually all aspects of psychological research. Facilities include laboratories in neurophysiology, psychopharmacology, psychophysics, animal learning and cognition, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology and social psychology. We have extensive computing facilities for both online control of experiments and offline analysis of data.

Careers

We see postgraduate study as part of your long-term career development. Alongside the University’s Careers Centre (see page 26), we offer advice and support in planning your career. The School provides opportunities to gain experience of working in an academic context, by being involved in tutorials, laboratory classes and other aspects of academic work.

The vast majority of our postgraduates have gained postdoctoral and lecturing positions in universities across the world while others have jobs in healthcare (as researchers and clinicians), wildlife conservation, information technology and management services.

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(~ 10-12 students per year). This programme is suitable for graduate psychologists who wish to apply theoretical knowledge from their initial degree into a qualification that can launch them into a career of health psychology working for a health care provider, or into health-related research. Read more

MSc in Health Psychology

(~ 10-12 students per year)

This programme is suitable for graduate psychologists who wish to apply theoretical knowledge from their initial degree into a qualification that can launch them into a career of health psychology working for a health care provider, or into health-related research.
• The opportunity for placements in clinical settings.
• Students will participate in 12 placement visits and will be required to meet travel costs of approximately £120.
• Taught in collaboration with NHS Fife and with the School of Psychology & Neuroscience.
• The course covers all topics required in the recommended curriculum, utilising a variety of novel methods of teaching and assessment.
• For further information: http://medicine.st-andrews.ac.uk/postgraduate/msc/

The main aim of this accredited programme is to provide Stage 1 Professional Training for Chartered Health Psychologist status (see http://www.health-psychology.org.uk ) with the British Psychological Society ( http://www.bps.org.uk ). This is achieved through the provision of a detailed theoretical understanding of the health psychology literature and issues within the field associated with the attainment and maintenance of health, including a detailed focus on health behaviour.

The programme also provides you with the statistical and methodological skills necessary to undertake research in health psychology. Upon successful completion, you will be equipped with the necessary skills to embark on your Stage 2 training or to facilitate research at MPhil or PhD level.

Teaching and assessment methods

Includes a variety of teaching methods (e.g. practical tasks, e-collaboration and discussion) delivered through tutorials, seminars, individual supervision, computer exercises and presentation/observation. Assessment approaches include thesis, peer-assessment, written assignments and presentations.

The staff-student ratio is favourable and we have active researchers contributing to the field of health psychology and are in touch with major developments of progress in the field.

Assistance with fees and funding

The University provides support in a limited number of cases (dependent upon eligibility). For details see: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/pg/fees-and-funding/scholarships/taught/

In addition, a limited number of dedicated bursaries may be available from local NHS services requiring a single day per week commitment. These may vary from year-to-year.
Some assisted places sponsored by SFC are available (fee waiver and/or additional expenses).

Careers

Career prospects for graduates of the MSc in Global Health Implementation include practical/clinical, policy, and academic positions. The job market is competitive and additional international experience is often very appealing to employers. Students enrolled on the MSc Health Psychology go on to employment opportunities in the NHS Psychological or Public Health Services or join health services research programmes. Some individuals go on to the Stage 2 qualification route to become qualified Chartered Psychologists of Health Psychology or obtain a studentship for a health-related PhD programme.

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The opportunity for placements in clinical settings. Taught in collaboration with NHS Fife and with the School of Psychology & Neuroscience. Read more

MSc in Health Psychology

• The opportunity for placements in clinical settings.

• Taught in collaboration with NHS Fife and with the School of Psychology & Neuroscience.

• The award of the MSc provides the recognised Stage 1 training for British Psychological Society (BPS), Health Psychology Chartership; however, applicants must have, or be eligible for, Graduate Basis of Registration with the BPS.

• The course covers all topics required in the recommended curriculum, utilising a variety of novel methods of teaching and assessment. Placements in health service settings (including NHS) are available.

Features

The University of St Andrews, as a small institution with a strong unified academic community, is exceptionally well placed to offer students the benefits of interdisciplinary studies. In the contemporary complex world students need to be prepared to call upon a strong background incorporating skills and a wider academic knowledge which crosses the boundaries of the traditional subject silos. Students taking one of our interdisciplinary degrees can be exposed to excellent academic researchers at the forefront of their discipline and will benefit from the rich dialogue that results from a diverse postgraduate class setting.

Graduates from these programmes can expect to have developed effective communication skills, intercultural understanding and the ability to critically analyse information to solve complex interdisciplinary problems. These strengths are valued by future employers and are equally valuable to those wishing to pursue a research career with an interdisciplinary aspect.

* Unique opportunities to study interdisciplinary subjects in an environment where academics regularly exchange ideas and develop interdisciplinary debate through a vibrant and active seminar, workshop and conference programme.

* An excellent Special Collections library resource.

* Our teaching arises from a foundation of world-class research.

* In our historic town, the academic disciplines are nestled side-by-side stimulating a thriving environment of intellectual discussion between postgraduates, undergraduates and academic staff.

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