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Masters Degrees in Philosophy of Psychology

We have 7 Masters Degrees in Philosophy of Psychology

Masters degrees in Philosophy of Psychology involve advanced study of the philosophical and conceptual issues underlying the theory and practice of Psychology.

Related postgraduate specialisms include Philosophy of Health & Happiness and Mental Philosophy. Entry requirements typically include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as Psychology or Philosophy.

Why study a Masters in Philosophy of Psychology?

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This course will suit students with an undergraduate philosophy degree and those converting to philosophy from another subject (for instance, psychology) at undergraduate level. Read more

This course will suit students with an undergraduate philosophy degree and those converting to philosophy from another subject (for instance, psychology) at undergraduate level. For philosophy graduates, it will consolidate and augment their existing knowledge, with a special emphasis on philosophy of psychology and philosophy of mind. For conversion students, it is designed to introduce them to key texts, concepts and arguments from right across the philosophical spectrum.

Key benefits

  • Open to Philosophy graduates, but also fully accessible to those converting in from other subjects (such as Psychology).
  • Trains students to a high level in Philosophy of Psychology and related fields in a short period of time.
  • Offers a wide selection of other optional topics, both current and historical, covering the entire philosophical spectrum from aesthetics to logic and everything in between.
  • Located in the heart of London.

Description

Over the cours of the degree you will develop skills and knowledge through our modules and your own research. Sixty of your 180 credits on the course will come from a dissertation of around 10,000 words, on an approved topic in the philosophy of psychology/mind, to be completed over the summer at the end of the course. If you have satisfactorily completed the course up to the point of the dissertation you may exit the programme early and recieve a Postgraduate Diploma in Philosophy of Psychology on the basis of your 120 credits. 

Our required modules will give you a deep understanding in the field, and you will then be free to choose the remaining 40 credits from our list of master's courses, or, with permission, through relevant modules in other departments. For students who have previously taken a philosophy degree, this will allow you to explore and deepen your expertise

Course purpose

This programme is suited both to students with an undergraduate philosophy degree and to those converting to philosophy from another subject (for instance, psychology) at undergraduate level. For philosophy graduates, it will consolidate and augment their existing knowledge, with a special emphasis on philosophy of psychology and philosophy of mind, and it will provide a firm foundation for subsequent independent research in this area. For conversion students, there is a General Philosophy module which is designed specifically to introduce them to key texts, concepts and arguments from right across the philosophical spectrum: by means of this module, in conjunction with their more specialised studies in the philosophy of psychology, such students will also be prepared for further research.

Course format and assessment

We will teach you through lectures and seminars.

You will be assessed through a combination of examination and coursework , as well as a dissertation.

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There has been an increasing interest in happiness in many disciplines including healthcare, philosophy, psychology, economics and ethics. Read more

There has been an increasing interest in happiness in many disciplines including healthcare, philosophy, psychology, economics and ethics.

At the same time the concepts of wellness health, illness and disease have become issues of controversy.

This programme focuses on happiness and its overlap with health and wellbeing asking questions such as: What is happiness and health? How does illness affect our understanding of what matters? Do our views about death and mortality affect how happy we are? You will explore issues at the intersection of philosophy, ethics, psychology and medicine, which have important implications for policy and health care. This programme is aimed at graduates with a background in philosophy, psychology, theology, health sciences, medicine or social sciences. 

We also offer this programme by distance learning - see Philosophy of Health and Happiness MA (Distance Learning).

Course details

You will study six taught modules, three of which are core Philosophy modules:

  • Research Skills and Methods
  • Philosophy of Health and Happiness
  • God, Freedom and the Meaning of Life or Philosophy and Mental Health

Your remaining three modules are optional, and can be chosen from the range offered by the Department of Philosophy, such as: 

  • Bioethics
  • Ethics and Global Ethics
  • Human Rights
  • Philosophy of Cognitive Science
  • Topics in Global Justice

Assessment

Modules are assessed by written assignment. You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation, with support from a supervisor.

Learning and teaching

As well as the taught modules you take on this programme, you are encouraged to participate in our weekly Postgraduate Seminar and in the regular meetings of PhilSoc, so you'll be able to gain insight from a range of academics and peers from across the department.

Support with academic writing

As a postgraduate student in the College of Arts and Law, you have access to the Academic Writing Advisory Service (AWAS) which aims to help your transition from undergraduate to taught Masters level, or back into academia after time away. The service offers guidance on writing assignments and dissertations for your MA/MSc programme with individual support from an academic writing advisor via tutorials, email and the provision of online materials.

International students can access support for English Language development and skills through the Birmingham International Academy (BIA).

Employability

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by a range of employability support services offered by the University.

The University's Careers Network provides advice and information specifically for postgraduates that will help you to develop an effective career and skills development strategy, and to make the most of your time with us at the University. The College of Arts and Law also has a dedicated careers and employability team to deliver tailored programmes of careers events and local support.

You will have opportunities to: meet employers face-to-face at on-campus recruitment fairs; attend employer presentations and skills workshops; receive individual guidance on your job applications, writing your CV and improving your interview technique; and access to comprehensive listings of hundreds of graduate jobs and work experience opportunities.

You will also be able to access our full range of careers support for up to two years after graduation.

Postgraduate employability: Philosophy

Birmingham's Philosophy postgraduates develop a range of skills that are highly desirable in the job market, including: articulacy; precise analytical thought; clarity; rigour in formulating complex problems; and the ability to analyse and construct sound arguments.

Due to the transferable nature of their skills, Philosophy postgraduates traditionally enter a wide range of employment areas, from teaching and lecturing to publishing. Employers that graduates have gone on to work for include: BBC; Friends of the Earth; Birmingham Children?s Hospital; Highways England; and University of Birmingham.



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How should psychology be positioned between the humanities, life sciences and natural sciences? How do we weigh the evidence coming from such diverse sources as experiments, case histories or introspection? Reflecting on Psychology teaches students to put their skills and knowledge in a broader context. Read more
How should psychology be positioned between the humanities, life sciences and natural sciences? How do we weigh the evidence coming from such diverse sources as experiments, case histories or introspection? Reflecting on Psychology teaches students to put their skills and knowledge in a broader context.

Using perspectives from Philosophy of Science, Science and Technology Studies (STS), Sociology, Anthropology and Cultural Studies, this master encourages students to open up the black box of Psychology, and to explore its relations with other parts of science and society. Questions that might be discussed or explored include:
• How should psychology be positioned between the humanities, life sciences and natural sciences?
• How do we weigh the evidence coming from such diverse sources as experiments, case histories or introspection?
• What is the value of MRI-scans in moral and scientific debates?
• Where should we draw the line between treatment and enhancement when it comes to psychotropic drugs?
• How do media creations of autism in novels and films influence the clinical reality of autism?

Reflecting on Psychology aims to attract a relatively small number of students who will be supervised individually and encouraged to come up with their own research topics. Students from Reflecting on Psychology will become skilled in writing, qualitative analysis and reflection

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The central objective of this programme is to equip you with an array of methodological skills to function as an effective PhD student or as a professional researcher in psychology, with a particular emphasis on . Read more

The central objective of this programme is to equip you with an array of methodological skills to function as an effective PhD student or as a professional researcher in psychology, with a particular emphasis on cognitive, clinical, and clinical neuroscience research. You will acquire the skills necessary to generate good research questions, establish plausible theoretical answers, and carry out high-quality empirical research in order to test your hypotheses. At the end of your training you will have completed a research project that makes a contribution to the discipline and you will have the necessary skills and confidence to be able to operate independently in the future.

This MSc can be applied for as a stand-alone degree or form the first year of a PhD. It is delivered as part of the Economic and Social Research Council South West Doctoral Training Centre – a hub of world-class social science research.

This programme consists of compulsory taught modules and a substantial research project. It will acquaint you with a wide range of data analysis techniques and research methods in the areas of clinical neuroscience, and both clinical and cognitive psychology, while enabling you to develop particular specialist skills and knowledge in selected areas.

You will be able to get involved with one or more of the research groups in the department to explore your research interests further.

Programme structure

The programme is made up of five compulsory modules. The list of modules may include the following;

  • Advanced Statistics;
  • Behavioural Science Research Skills;
  • Research Apprenticeship;
  • Current Research Issues in Psychological Research Methods;
  • Methods in Cognitive and Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience

The modules listed here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Research Apprenticeship

A distinctive feature of all our taught Masters programmes is the Research Apprenticeship. The Apprenticeship enables you to develop your research skills by working alongside experienced researchers or practitioners. You will also gain experience of writing up your research in the form of a dissertation.

Many students undertake their apprenticeship with researchers in the School, but apprenticeship opportunities may also be available outside the University. Current research partners of the group include Microsoft, IBM, Rentokil, the Ministry of Defence, the NHS, the Met Office, the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and Lane4 consultancy. Previous apprenticeships include: National Health Service, Jockey Club, UK and the Mood Disorders Centre, University of Exeter (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/mooddisorders/)

Careers

On completion of your postgraduate degree you will have the scientific skills to enable progression into research or professional psychology, the communication skills required for marketing and business roles and the knowledge of people for progression into personnel or caring professions.



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The first intake for this course is September 2018. If you would like to know more about the course and application process please email [email protected] Read more

Course starts September 2018

The first intake for this course is September 2018. If you would like to know more about the course and application process please email

What is special about this course?

Are you interested in the science of human behaviour and thought? Are you thinking about a career change or interested in how psychology might contribute to your existing career or interest? If so, this MSc Psychology Conversion* is ideal.

This intense, online course will provide you with a broad and critical awareness of psychological theory and practice. Throughout the course you will develop an understanding of what drives people's behaviour, why we are unique and in what ways we are the same, and explore the theories which explain human behaviour and how they are relevant in today's society.

You will examine the core fields of psychology including biological, individual differences, cognitive, and social and developmental psychology, as set out by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Alongside acquiring the key concepts and core knowledge of psychology, you will build strong project management, analytical and report writing skills. Your learning experience will culminate in a substantial research project/dissertation, for which you will have support from your supervisor.

Application for accreditation by the BPS has been submitted*. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Two face-to-face, long-weekend residentials are held in Inverness in August/September and March/April. You must attend these to be eligible for BPS registration on graduation.

*subject to validation/accreditation

Special features

The course is delivered online which means you can fit your studies around your work and personal commitments wherever you are
An access route is available for those who have less than 60 credits in psychology or who do not have an honours degree
On successful accreditation by the British Psychological Society, the degree will confer Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GB) with the British Psychological Society

Modules

PgCert/Access to Psychology Conversion

You will choose three of the following core modules:

The individual in contemporary society
Cognitive psychology and intelligence
Social and evolutionary psych
Behavioural neuroscience
Developmental psychology: from conception to death
Advanced research methods
Applicants with less than 60 credits in psychology or who do not have an honours degree are advised, but not required, to undertake three modules of 20 credits each at level 10 to 'top-up' their psychological knowledge and understanding, and the practice of research. The selection of modules will be negotiated on the basis of your previous academic experience.

PgDip

You will choose the remaining three modules from those listed in the PgCert

MSc

To achieve the award of MSc you must complete a research project/dissertation.

Locations

This course is available online with support from Inverness College UHI, 1 Inverness Campus, Inverness, IV2 5NA

Study Options

You will study through supported online learning using the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

You must attend the two residential weekends to be eligible for BPS* registration on graduation

Top five reasons to study at UHI

1. Do something different: our reputation is built on our innovative approach to learning and our distinctive research and curriculum which often reflects the unique environment and culture of our region and closely links to vocational skills required by a range of sectors.
2. Flexible learning options mean that you can usually study part time or full time. Some courses can be studied fully online from home or work, others are campus-based.
3. Choice of campuses – we have campuses across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Each campus is different from rich cultural life of the islands; the spectacular coasts and mountains; to the bright lights of our city locations.
4. Small class sizes mean that you have a more personal experience of university and receive all the support you need from our expert staff
5. The affordable option - if you already live in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland you don't have to leave home and incur huge debts to go to university; we're right here on your doorstep

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this course are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UHI, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/first-steps/how-much-will-it-cost/tuition-fees-postgraduate

How to apply

If you want to apply for this postgraduate programme click on the ‘visit website’ button below which will take you to the relevant course page on our website, from there select the Apply tab to complete our online application.
If you still have any questions please get in touch with our information line by email using the links beow or call on 0845 272 3600.

International Students

An exciting and diverse student life awaits our international students. Choose to study in one of the larger urban centres of the region, such as Perth, Inverness or Elgin, or in one of the smaller towns or island communities, including the Western and Northern Isles. http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international

English Language Requirements

Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The standard English Language criteria to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed on our English language requirements page http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international/how-to-apply-to-uhi/english-language-requirements

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Graduate students at. The New School for Social Research. ask the kind of questions that challenge the status quo across the social sciences and humanities. Read more

Graduate students at The New School for Social Research ask the kind of questions that challenge the status quo across the social sciences and humanities.

Guided by rigorous scholarship and a desire to apply academic discourse and discovery to current social problems, they critically examine interdisciplinary fields to become a force of new knowledge and ideas in the world.

All graduate programs at The New School for Social research can be completed full-time or part-time on our New York City campus. Competitive merit-based scholarships are available in all departments -- in recent years, 85% of master’s students have received merit scholarships at The New School for Social Research.

Change begins with a question. What will you ask?

Program Highlights

  • 30-credit MA, 60-credit PhD.
  • Study all the major fields of modern psychology, with an emphasis on research sensitive to social and cultural influences and concerns.
  • Recent courses include Cognitive Psychology; Evidence-Based Treatment; Language and Thought; and Political Psychology.
  • Specialized degree options include an MA concentration in Substance Abuse Counseling and PhD programs in Clinical Psychology and Cognitive, Social, and Developmental Psychology.

Why the New School?

The New School for Social Research was founded in 1919 as a home for progressive thinkers, and housed the University in Exile in 1933, providing an academic haven for scholars persecuted in Nazi Europe. The school became the foundation for a comprehensive university – The New School – and continues the legacy of critical thought, civic engagement, and academic freedom today.



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