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University of Edinburgh, Full Time Masters Degrees in Psychology

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Why do we become attached to a particular person? How do relationship dynamics change over time? Does objectifying women lead to their mistreatment? When… Read more

Why do we become attached to a particular person? How do relationship dynamics change over time? Does objectifying women lead to their mistreatment? When is gender made relevant in and for politics? What does it mean in practice to support someone with autism, and how can we assess support? Does self-modesty differ between cultures? How does economic inequality affect self-perception? What identities are invoked in interview interactions?

In this taught programme in Social Psychology you will enhance your knowledge and understanding of the theories, concepts and methodological tools that constitute social psychology’s distinctive perspective. You will be guided and supported in exploring the social psychological literature. You will be given rigorous training in qualitative and quantitative analyses. You will have diverse opportunities to build your own research experience, through seeking and implementing research-based answers to questions in the field or in the literature. You will participate in our unique problem based approach to providing empirical answers to social psychological questions.

In short, you will learn to think like a social psychologist, and you will learn to do social psychology.

You will benefit from being part of a growing group of friendly, enthusiastic social psychologists working within a vibrant department, in a lovely city. You will benefit from our expertise in working in different cultures, in the field, and with mixed methods. You will also benefit from the breadth and strength of the interdisciplinary academic community at Edinburgh, for example, by having the opportunity to select option courses, attend research seminars across different disciplines, take part in the social psychology reading group or in discursive psychology and conversation analysis data sessions.

Programme structure

You will undertake the following:

Core courses (worth 90 credits in total):

  • Univariate Statistics and Methodology using R (10 credits)
  • Multivariate Statistics and Methodology using R (10 credits)
  • Qualitative Methodologies in Psychological Research (10 credits)
  • Psychological Research Skills (20 credits)
  • Research Methods for Social Psychology (10 credits)
  • Problem-based social psychological research (10 credits)
  • Current Topics in Social Psychology (10 credits)
  • Critical Social Psychology (10 credits)

Option courses worth 30 credits in total:

  • Chosen from a wide range of courses relevant to Social Psychology from Psychology or other disciplines, as approved by the Programme Director

And a Dissertation in Social Psychology (60 credits)

Learning outcomes

The overall aim of this programme is to advance your understanding of how social questions can be addressed using social psychology, and to provide you with the conceptual and research tools to do so.

More specifically, on successful completion of this programme, you will be able to:

  • think as a social psychologist in seeking understanding of and solutions to practical and theoretical problems
  • address the challenges of researching individuals embedded in their social worlds
  • understand epistemological issues in social research
  • understand key theories and concepts in social psychology
  • conduct rigorous independent social psychological research drawing on the range of social psychological approaches and methodologies
  • evaluate published research in social psychology
  • make well-informed contributions to discussions about social issues

On completion you will also:

  • have acquired wider research skills, including giving conference talks, making poster presentations, writing research proposals, knowledge exchange and writing for a lay audience
  • be prepared for a range of career paths including PhD work, or the wide variety of careers in which it is valuable to be able to conduct sound social research or evaluation

Career opportunities

The programme will provide relevant preparation for a range of career paths, including:

  • undertaking a PhD in Social Psychology or in a related field, possibly leading to an academic career
  • undertaking a Professional Doctorate/Masters training programme in Clinical or Health Psychology
  • a wide variety of careers where it is valuable to be able to conduct sound social research, or to develop and evaluate practices and policies relating to social behaviour or thinking; such as policy development in education, health, and social care or in areas surrounding marketing; such as opinion-generating, fostering multiculturalism and equality, and communication skills. 


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This is a professionally accredited new programme that offers you the opportunity to study psychology to graduate level and become eligible for graduate basis for chartered membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society. Read more

This is a professionally accredited new programme that offers you the opportunity to study psychology to graduate level and become eligible for graduate basis for chartered membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society.

The programme provides detailed coverage of all core aspects of psychology: developmental, social, cognitive, biological and neuropsychology, and individual differences. It also includes conceptual and theoretical perspectives in psychology and psychological research methods.

You will complete a research project on an area of mental health with either adults or children and young people.

This programme is unique in two respects. It is the only British Psychological Society accredited MSc conversion programme that focuses on the psychology of mental health. This focus is particularly suited to those who wish to pursue a career in a caring profession such as clinical psychology. It is also unique in being delivered jointly by a staff team offering unrivalled expertise in both psychological science and clinical psychology.

Programme structure

The programme can be taken full-time or part-time up to 6 years (invoiced at course level).

You will study a combination of compulsory and option courses and complete a research project.

Teaching approaches focus on delivery of psychological science and its application to mental health.

The programme's courses cover classic and contemporary psychology theories and are delivered through a range of engaging teaching approaches. While most classes are face-to-face, there are opportunities to participate in e-learning courses. You are also able to tailor your studies to your interests through a choice of options and research project topics.

Courses:

  • Developmental Psychology & Developmental Psychopathology
  • Individual Differences in Mental Health
  • Social Psychology of Mental Health
  • Discovering Development
  • Psychological Research Methods: Data Management and Analysis
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Disorders
  • Psychological Therapies
  • One course from Psychology's range of optional courses

Career opportunities

Graduates will be eligible to register with the British Psychological Society through graduate basis for chartered membership (GBC). This will create career opportunities where a psychology degree is advantageous or essential. It also creates opportunities for advanced professional training in psychology (e.g. Clinical Psychology or Educational Psychology), which normally require an undergraduate degree in psychology.

You will also develop a range of sophisticated psychological research skills that will open career opportunities in research, including research assistant posts and doctoral research training.



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This programme provides an exciting opportunity to gain intensive training in the psychology of individual differences by a large team of world-class researchers. Read more

This programme provides an exciting opportunity to gain intensive training in the psychology of individual differences by a large team of world-class researchers.

It provides advanced graduate-level study in the field of the psychology of individual differences and psychological research skills, and forms a strong basis for further (typically PhD) study.

There are two key subdivisions in the study of human individual differences: personality and mental abilities. Psychology at Edinburgh has a uniquely large number of world-class researchers in both subdivisions.

The programme covers psychometric research methods, the foundations and correlates of human individual differences (including approaches involving information processing, brain-imaging, molecular genetics and biometric models), and the application of individual differences in personality to health. No prior experience of the psychology of individual differences is assumed.

Programme structure

This programme comprises two semesters of taught courses, followed by a research-based dissertation supervised by a member of staff with similar research interests.

Compulsory courses:

  • Seminar in Cognitive Ability or Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology
  • Current Topics in Psychological Research
  • Multivariate Statistics and Methodology Using R
  • Professional and Generic Psychological Research Concepts and Research Design
  • Psychological Research Skills
  • Univariate Statistics and Methodology using R
  • Seminar in Personality

Option courses may include:

  • Advanced Statistical Methods: Categorical and Survival Data
  • Brain Imaging in Neuropsychology
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Human Genetics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Working with Specialist Psychological Data

Learning outcomes

The programme is aimed primarily at students who are considering advanced research in the area. Students who follow this programme will gain:

  • an in-depth understanding of current research issues, research and methodology in the psychology of individuals
  • the ability to formulate research questions and apply appropriate research methods to increase understanding of individual differences in human personality and human mental abilities
  • advanced understanding of seminal and recent scientific findings relating to the study of human individual differences and the ways in which individual differences are currently being studied or applied
  • skills in research management, including managing data and disseminating research in ways consistent with professional practice in the field of individual differences and the normal principles of research ethics
  • advanced knowledge of the basic principles of multivariate statistical data analysis techniques (including multiple regression, factor analysis and structural equation modelling) and epidemiological techniques (including logistic regression and survival analyses), and the ability to carry out data analysis on different data sets using appropriate statistical packages
  • a firm basis for subsequent advanced specialised research within the psychology of individual differences
  • a broad understanding and awareness of issues and findings in the psychology of individual differences through application to other disciplines such as human cognitive neuropsychology, molecular genetics, evolutionary psychology, epidemiology and health psychology

Career opportunities

This programme has been designed to help you progress your research career and offers a firm basis for further postgraduate study.



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Research profile. The MSc by Research in Clinical Psychology offer the chance to work with, and be supervised by, a range of clinical academics across many areas of psychology. Read more

Research profile

The MSc by Research in Clinical Psychology offer the chance to work with, and be supervised by, a range of clinical academics across many areas of psychology.

Candidates should note that these programmes do not lead to Chartered Clinical Psychologist status.

Our research involves national and international collaborations, with many projects involving NHS partnerships.

We have specific research strengths in the areas of children and adolescents; developmental psychopathology of mental health; ageing and older adulthood; adult psychological problems; brain injury; chronic health conditions; psychological therapies research, including cognitive behavioural interventions; emotions and emotion regulation; sex offenders; learning disability; neuropsychology; quality of life; severe and enduring mental health problems; and the development and validation of measures.

Specific areas of interest include cognitive behaviour therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, psychosis, health psychology, and qualitative approaches.

Recent successful PhD topics have included eating disorders and emotion; chronic pain; quality of life and intellectual disabilities; developmental factors in adolescent mental health, and intervention for bipolar disorder.

We have an active research group in the area of applied developmental psychology and psychological therapies research for severe mental health issues. We coordinate the Edinburgh Child and Adolescent Psychology Network. The group’s research areas include child and adolescent health and mental health; cognition, language and learning; social development and relationships; and atypical development.

For more detailed information about potential PhD supervisors in this area, their research interests and publications, please visit our website.

Our research interests include:

  • onset and recovery from severe and enduring psychological disorder
  • mindfulness and third wave approaches
  • medically unexplained symptoms
  • child and adolescent mental health
  • eating behaviours and disorders
  • attachment and emotion regulation and sex offenders.

Training and support

The MSc by Research programme allows you to conduct an independent research project that makes a significant contribution to your chosen field of study and to further develop your research skills. We provide expertise in a variety of research methods including qualitative and quantitative approaches.

You will be assigned two supervisors (usually one for MSc by Research) and you will meet with your supervisors regularly. Workshops, seminars and courses in research methods are available to postgraduate students undertaking a higher degree by research.

We work in close collaboration with the Graduate School of Social & Political Science, enabling School of Health in Social Science research students to benefit from the extensive suite of social science research courses offered by both Schools.

With close ties with other humanities disciplines and with colleagues in the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine, we offer PhD students excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary supervision and research project development.



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Increasingly, high-level performance relies on an understanding of the psychology of stamina and success, not only in sport but in areas as diverse as business, the performing arts, the military and emergency services. Read more

Increasingly, high-level performance relies on an understanding of the psychology of stamina and success, not only in sport but in areas as diverse as business, the performing arts, the military and emergency services.

Drawing on current research and practice, this fascinating programme introduces you to the issues that relate to both individual and group performance, then encourages you to develop techniques to minimise the influence of limitations, such as anxiety and distraction.

Striking a balance between psychological methods and the wider professional skills needed to apply them, the courses you’ll undertake will also give you the knowledge and tools you’ll need to be able to critically appraise and apply scientific literature, and to plan, conduct and disseminate your own research.

Programme structure

Your learning will be in the form of lectures, seminars and directed reading.

You will complete a series of seven courses:

  • Understanding Research Concepts
  • Research Process
  • Professional Skills
  • Stress: Coping and Control
  • Peak Performance
  • Planning and Instruction for Performance
  • Dynamics of Performance Teams

To graduate with the MSc degree, you will also produce an independently researched dissertation.

Career opportunities

This qualification could lead to a career that capitalises on the increasing interest in the application of performance psychology in a number of fields. Recent graduates have taken up roles in areas as diverse as sports psychology, private consultancy in sports, business and the performing arts, outdoor and adventure training, and higher and tertiary education.

You may instead choose to extend your studies with a doctoral degree (after completion of the MSc) or use the transferable skills you will gain in areas such as communication and project management in an unrelated career role.



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Increasingly, high-level performance relies on an understanding of the psychology of stamina and success, not only in sport but in areas as diverse as business, the performing arts, the military and emergency services. Read more

Programme description

Increasingly, high-level performance relies on an understanding of the psychology of stamina and success, not only in sport but in areas as diverse as business, the performing arts, the military and emergency services.

Drawing on current research and practice, this fascinating programme introduces you to the issues that relate to both individual and group performance, then encourages you to develop techniques to minimise the influence of limitations, such as anxiety and distraction.

Striking a balance between psychological methods and the wider professional skills needed to apply them, the courses you’ll undertake will also give you the knowledge and tools you’ll need to be able to critically appraise and apply scientific literature, and to plan, conduct and disseminate your own research.

Programme structure

Your learning will be in the form of lectures, seminars and directed reading.

You will complete a series of seven courses:

Understanding Research Concepts
Research Process
Professional Skills
Stress: Coping and Control
Peak Performance
Planning and Instruction for Performance
Dynamics of Performance Teams

To graduate with the MSc degree, you will also produce an independently researched dissertation.

Career opportunities

This qualification could lead to a career that capitalises on the increasing interest in the application of performance psychology in a number of fields. Recent graduates have taken up roles in areas as diverse as sports psychology, private consultancy in sports, business and the performing arts, outdoor and adventure training, and higher and tertiary education.

You may instead choose to extend your studies with a doctoral degree (after completion of the MSc) or use the transferable skills you will gain in areas such as communication and project management in an unrelated career role.

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Programme description. This programme, developed in partnership with the NHS, combines academic teaching with clinical practice training in applied psychology for children and young people. Read more

Programme description

This programme, developed in partnership with the NHS, combines academic teaching with clinical practice training in applied psychology for children and young people.

It offers an opportunity to develop knowledge and competence in the delivery of evidence-based psychological interventions, for this specific group.

This programme aims to train psychology graduates in the range of skills and competencies essential for the delivery of tier two psychological assessments and interventions in a range of services for children, young people and their families.

You will be employed in a one-year clinical placement in the Scottish NHS Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service, gaining valuable experience applying psychological theory to practice, under the supervision of a qualified clinical psychologist.

Alongside essential elements for applied psychologists in health (e.g. assessment and formulation, and evaluation) and child and adolescent mental health professionals (e.g. safeguarding children, child and adolescent development and health promotion), there is a particular focus on the early years and early intervention. There is also a strong emphasis on parenting and supporting parents through evidence-based models of parent-focused intervention.

The clinical experience gained on placement facilitates linking theory to practice and fosters the development of professional skills necessary for post-qualification practice.

Programme structure

The programme is a one year, full-time course with teaching delivered at both the University of Edinburgh and NHS partnership sites in Glasgow.

Clinical placements will be with one of the NHS Health Boards within Scotland.

Courses include:

  • Assessment and Formulation
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Early Years and Early Intervention
  • Evaluation and Research
  • Professional Context and Clinical Management
  • Promotion of Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing
  • Psychological Intervention and Structured Treatment Approaches

Career opportunities

This programme will qualify you to apply for Clinical Associate in Applied Psychology (Children and Young People) posts, or equivalent, in a number of settings, both within the NHS and in other organisations, such as the voluntary sector.

You will also gain highly transferable skills, such as communication and project management.



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Research profile. This programme offers students the opportunity to focus in detail on a chosen area of the subject, while still being able to take some taught courses. Read more

Research profile

This programme offers students the opportunity to focus in detail on a chosen area of the subject, while still being able to take some taught courses. It is intended for those who already have a good background in psychology, typically from undergraduate study.

Programme structure

The main part of the programme will involve writing a dissertation, and it is recommended that candidates should have an idea of their chosen topic or area before applying. Students are given support in developing this topic during the year by an appointed supervisor and by dedicated training in research methodology.

Students are advised to take two taught courses (further courses may also be attended, but not for credit), which are offered from the wide range of subjects taught at Masters level within Psychology.

In this case, the final mark for the programme will be determined by a weighted combination of the marks for coursework and the dissertation. In some cases it may be possible to register for a dissertation only.

Teaching will typically be in small groups, and supervision is organised on the basis of one-to-one contact with one or a small number of expert supervisors.



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Programme description

How do children learn to reason in increasingly abstract ways? How do they learn language with such remarkable speed and fluidity? How do children use their reasoning and language skills to help them explain and understand people’s behaviour and emotions? Why does the amount of information that we can hold in mind at once increase from early childhood to adulthood? Why does children’s ability to control their own thinking, attention and behaviour improve as they get older? How does the development of children’s brains affect their behaviour, memory and ability to learn?

In this taught programme on Developmental Cognitive Science, you will learn how questions like these can be addressed using research techniques from several inter-related disciplines (e.g., Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Computational Science, Neuroscience, Linguistics).

This programme aims to enhance your understanding of key theoretical and practical issues about typical and atypical development in children and young people, from a cognitive science perspective. It also aims to equip you with the skills required to conduct independent scientific research that addresses key issues in developmental cognitive science.

The University of Edinburgh has a long tradition of research expertise in developmental psychology and in cognitive science. This programme brings these two strands together focusing on a developmental cognitive science approach to both typical and atypical development in children and young people.

You will benefit from the breadth and strength of the interdisciplinary academic community at Edinburgh, for example by having the opportunity to select option courses and attend research seminars across different disciplines.

Programme structure

You will undertake the following:

Core courses (worth 100 credits in total):

  • Univariate Statistics and Methodology using R (10 credits)
  • Multivariate Statistics and Methodology using R (10 credits)
  • Psychological Research Skills (20 credits)
  • Current Topics in Psychological Research (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Developmental Cognitive Science (10 credits)
  • Research Methods for Developmental Cognitive Science (10 credits)
  • Seminar in Developmental Cognitive Science (10 credits)
  • Current Topics in Developmental Cognitive Science (10 credits)
  • Research Internship in Developmental Cognitive Science (10 credits)

2 option courses worth 20 credits in total:

  • Chosen from a wide range of courses relevant to Developmental Cognitive Science from Psychology or other disciplines, as approved by Programme Director (20 credits in total)

And a Dissertation in Developmental Cognitive Science (60 credits)

Learning outcomes

The overall aim of the proposed programme is to advance students’ understanding of how questions about developmental changes in children’s cognitive abilities can be addressed using scientific methods drawn from a range of fields, including developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, computational modelling, neuroscience and linguistics. More specifically, the programme aims to:

  • enhance students’ understanding of key theoretical and practical issues about typical and atypical development in children and young people, from a cognitive science perspective
  • teach students how to conduct independent scientific research that addresses key issues in developmental cognitive science
  • provide advanced training in critical thinking skills

Students who successfully complete the programme will be able to:

  • carry out high quality original research in developmental cognitive science
  • evaluate published research studies in developmental cognitive science
  • make well-informed contributions to discussions about the interplay between developmental research and real-world applications/implications

Career opportunities

Career opportunities for graduates from this programme include:

  • undertaking a PhD in Developmental Cognitive Science or in a related field
  • undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Clinical or Educational Psychology (applicable only to students who have an accredited undergraduate degree in Psychology)
  • wide variety of careers where it is valuable to be able to use research skills, critical thinking skills and understanding of developmental processes to develop and evaluate practices and policies relating to children and young people – e.g. teaching, speech & language therapy, policy development in education, health and social care.


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This respected programme provides advanced understanding of current research in psycholinguistics. the study of how the brain learns, uses and reacts with humanity’s most advanced and characteristic feature. Read more

This respected programme provides advanced understanding of current research in psycholinguistics: the study of how the brain learns, uses and reacts with humanity’s most advanced and characteristic feature: language.

The programme is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of current research in psycholinguistics, and is aimed primarily at students who are considering advanced research in the area.

Students are actively encouraged to join in the activities of the Language, Cognition and Communication research group, and to collaborate with staff (many of whom are international experts in the field) and senior postgraduates.

You will gain perspectives on the latest developments, and gain the necessary statistical and methodological skills to conduct your own novel research.

Programme structure

This programme comprises two semesters of taught courses, followed by a dissertation.

The taught component consists of a number of lecture- and tutorial-based courses, which are assessed by essay or exam.

For the dissertation (which centres on original research) you will work in close collaboration with members of staff and senior postgraduates engaged in research in similar areas.

You will take two compulsory courses:

  • Psychological Research Skills
  • Univariate Statistics and Methodology using R

You will also choose six from the following:

  • Dialogue
  • Discourse Comprehension
  • Disorders of Language Functions
  • Language Behaviours, Brains and Cognition: Data and Theories
  • Language Behaviours, Brains and Cognition: Principles and Approaches
  • Language Production
  • Multivariate Statistics and Methodology Using R
  • Sentence Comprehension

Under exceptional circumstances, alternative courses may be substituted with the permission of the programme director.

You will choose further courses that may be taken from the compulsory course list or from option courses in related areas such as philosophy, language sciences and informatics. These include:

  • Concepts and Categorisation
  • Eye Movements and Visual Cognition
  • First Language Acquisition
  • Introduction to Phonology and Phonetics
  • Introduction to Semantics
  • Introduction to Syntax
  • Origins and Evolution of Language
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Simulating Language

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this programme you will have developed an up-to-date knowledge of a broad range of areas relating to the psychology of language. The programme is also designed to help you acquire the statistical and methodological skills that allow you to conduct novel research in the field.

Many MSc dissertations lead to conference presentations or journal publications and typically over half of the students proceed to study for PhDs at Edinburgh or elsewhere.

Career opportunities

This programme has been designed to help you progress your research career and offers a firm basis for further postgraduate study.



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Drawing from a vibrant and stimulating research culture, this programme provides you with comprehensive training and grounding in research methods and analysis across the broad field of psychology. Read more

Drawing from a vibrant and stimulating research culture, this programme provides you with comprehensive training and grounding in research methods and analysis across the broad field of psychology.

This programme will help you develop professional, critical and analytical skills. You will learn how to formulate research problems, and appreciate diverse approaches to research, including qualitative methods.

The programme is targeted at those with a special interest in research methods, but is also ideal for those wishing to take an empirical approach to areas of psychology that are not covered by our other taught programmes.

Programme structure

This programme comprises two semesters of taught courses, including six compulsory courses and option courses chosen from other areas within Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences, followed by a dissertation.

Compulsory courses:

  • Current Topics in Psychological Research
  • Multivariate Statistics and Methodology using R
  • Psychological Research Skills
  • Specialist Techniques in Psychological Research
  • Univariate Statistics and Methodology using R

Option courses:

  • Brain Imaging in Neuropsychology
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology
  • Critical Social Psychology
  • Disorders of Language Functions
  • History of Unorthodox Psychology
  • Mind, Body and Consciousness
  • Psychometrics
  • Working Memory in Healthy and the Damaged Brain
  • Multisensory Integration

Learning outcomes

The programme lays emphasis on the following outcomes:

  • comprehension of the basic principles of research strategy and design, including an understanding of how to formulate researchable problems and an appreciation of alternative approaches to research
  • competency in understanding and applying a range of methods and research tools
  • skills in research management
  • understanding the significance of alternative epistemological positions that provide the context for theory construction

Career opportunities

This programme has been designed to help you progress your research career and offers a firm basis for further postgraduate study, or for related research in industry.



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Programme description. This programme will develop your understanding of how knowledge of language changes as people acquire or lose language at various points in their lifespan. Read more

Programme description

This programme will develop your understanding of how knowledge of language changes as people acquire or lose language at various points in their lifespan.

It is designed primarily for graduates with a background related to linguistics and/or psychology who wish to develop their knowledge of current research on language acquisition (first, second, bilingual, and impaired) and language change from a cognitive perspective and from the point of view of current linguistic theories.

Joining a vibrant research community of developmental linguists, you will have the opportunity to carry out advanced research to try to answer questions related to the area of language development and bilingualism, such as ‘how do children learn language?’ or ‘what happens when we forget a language?’

You will benefit from the programme's strengths in:

  • scope (with equal emphasis on first and second language acquisition and bilingualism)
  • interdisciplinary teaching (staff drawn from linguistics, psychology and informatics)
  • skill-oriented training (through methodology courses, lab sessions and project work)

Programme structure

This programme comprises two semesters of taught courses, followed by a dissertation.

Compulsory courses

  • Introduction to Phonology and Phonetics
  • Introduction to Syntax
  • First Language Acquisition
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Psychology of Language Learning
  • Univariate Statistics and Methodology Using R

Option courses may include:

  • Sentence Comprehension
  • Discourse Comprehension
  • Language Production
  • Origins and Evolution of Language
  • Simulating Language
  • Child Bilingualism: Language and Cognition
  • Language Behaviours, Brains and Cognition: Data and Theories
  • Language Behaviours, Brains and Cognition: Principles and Approaches
  • Experimental Pragmatics
  • Developmental Language Disorders
  • Research Methods in Developmental Linguistics
  • Language Evolution in the Lab
  • Computational Phonology
  • Advanced Topics in Phonetics: Speech Production and Perception

Career opportunities

This programme will provide you with the specialised skills you need to perform research in language learning and development. It will also serve as a solid basis for doctoral study.



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This programme provides an opportunity to undertake intensive training in human cognitive neuropsychology by working closely with our Human Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit, a group of internationally recognised cognitive psychologists, clinical and academic neuropsychologists including Dr Sharon Abrahams and Professors Sergio Della Sala and Robert Logie. Read more

Programme description

This programme provides an opportunity to undertake intensive training in human cognitive neuropsychology by working closely with our Human Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit, a group of internationally recognised cognitive psychologists, clinical and academic neuropsychologists including Dr Sharon Abrahams and Professors Sergio Della Sala and Robert Logie.

Teaching follows an integrated approach with courses on neuropsychology, cognitive psychology, clinical neuropsychology and brain imaging. You will also receive training in generic research methods within psychology.

Programme structure

This programme comprises two semesters of taught compulsory and optional courses, followed by a dissertation. Optional courses within the area of human cognitive neuroscience can be selected to tailor the programme to your interests. You may also choose your optional courses from a range in associated disciplines, such as individual differences, informatics and psycholinguistics, with permission from the programme director.

Compulsory courses

Psychological Research Skills
Univariate and Multivariate Statistics and Methodology using R
Specialist techniques in psychological research
Current topics in psychological research

Option courses

Brain Imaging in Cognitive Neuroscience
Clinical Neuropsychology
Consciousness and Perceptual Awareness
Disorders of Language Functions
Eye Movements and Visual Cognition
Frontal Lobe Functions
Human Cognitive Neuroscience
Multisensory Integration
Working Memory
Imaging Mind and Brain
Dissertation

The dissertation involves conducting a research project under staff supervision. You will produce a written report, which describes your research and interprets your findings.

If you are looking to complete a research dissertation in clinical based environments (interacting with NHS patients) or schools / nurseries, you may be asked to apply for a Research Passport by your supervisor, or you may select a clinical research project that is already in progress within the University.

Research Passports

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this programme, you will have gained:

specialist knowledge within the fields of human cognitive neuropsychology and integrated areas of study, in addition to training in psychological research methods
an understanding of clinical neuropsychology (assessment and rehabilitation of patients with neurological disorders), brain imaging, cognitive psychology, and cognitive neuropsychology and critical awareness of cognitive and neuropsychological research and its application to clinical practice
a foundation for advanced research within human cognitive neuropsychology
a comprehensive understanding of the basic principles of research design and application
competency in applying a range of methods and research tools
skills in research management, including managing data and conducting and disseminating research in ways consistent with both professional practice and the normal principles of research ethics

Career opportunities

The programme is suitable for graduate psychologists or those who have studied or worked in related disciplines who wish to pursue a research-oriented career within cognitive neuropsychology (providing the foundations for later application to a doctoral training programme) or a clinically oriented career in neuropsychology.

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Programme description. This programme combines the scientific study of human cognition with the application of cognitive science to broader societal concerns. Read more

Programme description

This programme combines the scientific study of human cognition with the application of cognitive science to broader societal concerns.

Students focus on core methodologies and theories of cognitive science, but also explore the synergy between cognitive science and its applications. This unifies forms of scholarly activity that are often pursued independently.

You will develop the skills to embark on your own research project and will learn how to communicate research, so if you are interested in developing a research career or in working within science communication, this programme will provide an excellent foundation.

Students who have well-developed written and oral communication skills will be encouraged to take on placement projects for knowledge exchange. Other students may choose to pursue scientific research that has implications for the broader society but aimed primarily at an academic audience.

Completion of the programme would provide the foundations of a research doctoral training programme, or a career in applied research or in science writing for the general public or non-academic professionals.

Programme structure

This programme comprises two semesters of taught courses, followed by a dissertation.

The taught component consists of a number of courses that are based around lectures, tutorials or small group seminars, and are assessed by oral presentations, essay or exam.

Compulsory courses:

  • Cognition, Culture and Context
  • Human Cognition: Science and Application to Society
  • Introduction to Statistics and Experimental Design
  • Pragmatics of Linguistic Communication
  • Psychological Research Skills
  • Transferring Knowledge to Society

Option courses may include:

  • Advanced topics in Mind, Language and Embodied Cognition
  • Child Bilingualism: Language and Cognition
  • Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology
  • Concepts and Categorisation
  • Disorders of Language Functions
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Maturational Constraints on Language Acquisition
  • Origins and Evolution of Language
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Psychology of Language Learning
  • Simulating Language
  • Working Memory in the Healthy and the Damaged Brain

The dissertation work, based on original research, is completed under the supervision of a member of staff with related research interests.

Learning outcomes

The MSc in Cognition in Science and Society aims to:

  • provide a basis for research in the core theories of cognition, language, and communication
  • provide a broad grounding in the research methods of the sciences of human cognition
  • prepare students to undertake advanced cross-disciplinary research
  • facilitate students' ability to integrate relevant cross-disciplinary knowledge
  • prepare students to examine problems of importance to society, and develop strategies for addressing them through appropriate methods in the laboratory or in an applied setting
  • enhance students' ability to communicate scientific findings to both the general public as well to the professionals in the public and private sectors
  • develop students' skills in knowledge transfer

Career opportunities

This programme is intended for those who wish to pursue advanced research in human cognition in science and society. It may also be useful for those who wish to work in science communication.



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Programme description

This unique programme offers advanced study in psychological theories of child and adolescent mental health, and their application to work with children, young people and families.

The programme is suitable for graduates of psychology or cognate disciplines, and those with experience of working with children and young people in clinical, social work or educational settings.

The programme explores the theoretical, conceptual and evidence base for psychological practice with children and young people while fostering a critical and reflective approach to their clinical application.

Programme structure

Teaching is delivered in a variety of engaging and interactive formats, including lectures, seminars, clinical workshops and tutor-led online learning environments.

The programme also offers high-quality CPD opportunities. Full-time MSc students take one core course and two option courses each semester. Part-time students choose one or two courses each semester.

These compulsory courses form the core part of the MSc and Postgraduate Diploma:

Evidence-Based Psychological Interventions
Child Development in Practice
Discovering Development (MSc only)

You can choose three optional courses to complete a MSc or a PgDip, and two courses to complete a PgCert:

Applied Developmental Psychopathology
Attachment Theory in Clinical Settings
Parenting: Theory and Practice
Trauma and Resilience in a Developmental Context

Learning outcomes

The programme will enable you to:

develop your practice through engagement with research and scholarship in psychological theory and practice
develop advanced skills in the critical appraisal of psychological practice in the field of child and adolescent mental health
develop and consolidate an extended knowledge base of theoretical and clinical approaches to psychological therapy for children, young people and families

Career opportunities

This programme will facilitate career progression for those working in child and adolescent mental health and supports entry into a range of related professions. The transferable skills you gain, e.g. teamworking, communication and research, will add value to your employability.

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