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Abertay University Masters Degrees in Psychology

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Postgraduate funding (tuition fee and living cost loan) may be available from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland for those who meet the eligibility criteria. Read more
Postgraduate funding (tuition fee and living cost loan) may be available from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland for those who meet the eligibility criteria.

Why choose this course?

-Applied emphasis, focusing on a variety of areas where knowledge of psychological theory and findings are a distinct advantage
-Opportunity to be taught by, and work closely with, active researchers. Access to our psychology research laboratories and teaching labs, described as ‘exemplary’ in our most recent independent subject review
-Professionally accredited by the British Psychological Society, conferring eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC)

The MSc Psychology is designed to introduce graduates of other disciplines to the fascinating field of psychology. Students will be provided with the opportunity to study those topics which will confer eligibility for Graduate Basis of Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS) as long as a minimum level of performance is achieved. Psychology is a rewarding and valuable area of study. As a student of psychology one gains a scientific understanding of mind, brain, behaviour, experience, and of the complex interactions between these. The programme provides training in the scientific method and the history and philosophy of science to students. Psychology applies a rigorous scientific methodology to biological, linguistic, philosophical, socio-cultural, and anthropological topics. It is thus an inherently multidisciplinary subject.

What you study

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind, brain, and behaviour. Psychology can be applied to a variety of real-life settings and is important to many careers and occupations. As part of the British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation, the course covers the core areas of psychology over two terms of taught courses.

-Term 1 (September - December) introduces you to cognitive psychology, biological psychology, and individual differences.
-Term 2 (January - May) covers developmental psychology and social psychology.

In addition, a postgraduate course in Research Methods introduces you to quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques that provide you with the necessary skills to undertake your Masters project in the summer months (June - August).

Those exiting the course after successful completion of the taught component (i.e. Postgraduate Diploma) would be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) Psychology.

How you learn and are assessed

An integrated programme of lectures, seminars, group discussion and lab work is used to enhance your understanding of the core areas of psychology. You will analyse how this knowledge is applied in real world settings and in a variety of occupations. Web-based learning provides a virtual learning environment that allows you to access teaching and library materials and to interact with staff and fellow students.

A combination of written submissions, presentations, laboratory reports and formal examinations are used throughout the course. The research project is written in the style of a scientific research article.

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The development of integrated health and social care services requires practitioners with interdisciplinary knowledge and skills. Read more
The development of integrated health and social care services requires practitioners with interdisciplinary knowledge and skills. This is a new programme designed for those working in a variety of professional backgrounds in the field. Underpinned by a commitment to recovery and evidence-driven approaches, it aims to help you shape your career and contribute to the future of mental health care.

Why choose this programme?

-Taught by subject experts whose teaching is underpinned by research.
-Join a community of active researchers and scholars.
-Option modules are available:tailor your studies to your area of interest. Opportunity to undertake a supervised research project on a topic of your choice.
-Career opportunities: Masters graduates are employed in a range of positions in the practice setting as well as in education, research, management and leadership roles. Opportunities are available in a range of settings across the NHS, private and voluntary sectors.
-Flexibility: effective provision of online and distance learning maximises programme flexibility and promotes learning across disciplines.

Your career

The knowledge and skills you will gain are likely to be valuable in a variety of positions in health and social care settings. You will develop important transferable skills including problem-solving, time management, the ability to deal with complex situations and competence in the production of written reports derived from evidence.

You will be trained in research methods - an advantage for those wishing to enrol on Doctorate degrees. We anticipate that graduates from the programme will explore career opportunities in practice, education or research.

"This programme offers a real opportunity to set yourself apart from the rest by developing specialist, high-level skills and knowledge in mental health care. You can truly help to make a difference."
Kathryn Thompson - Peer Recovery Worker, NHS Tayside

What you study

You have the opportunity for interdisciplinary learning as modules are shared with a partner programme - MSc Mental Health Nursing.

Modules include:
-Recovery and Self-Management
-Leadership
-Motivational Interviewing
-Older Adults
-Crisis Intervention
-Research Methods
-Research Project

The programme includes three exit points; these are:
-End of Year 1: Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health (PGCert)
-End of Year 2: Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health (PGDip)
-End of Year 3: Masters in Mental Health (MSc)

Industry Experience

Abertay has strong links with a range of mental health service providers at both local and national level. Members of the teaching team have excellent practice links, with some currently working directly with service users. The programme benefits from input from experts by experience and colleagues from a variety of service providers, including front line staff, managers, policy makers and leaders.

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