How can evolutionary theory help us understand human behaviour? Do humans have a species-typical psychological design? What learning mechanisms would have been favoured by natural selection in ancestral environments?
This programme provides an exciting opportunity for advanced study in Evolutionary Psychology, ie psychological science informed by explicit consideration of the fact that the human mind, like the human body, is a product of evolutionary processes. This course is particularly suited to students in the life sciences or social sciences who are interested in finding out how principles from evolutionary biology can provide a framework for the scientific study of human psychology and behaviour. Aims
The degree programme aims to provide students with:
an understanding of how evolutionary theory can provide a framework for the study of psychology and behaviour in both human and non-human species;
knowledge of important theoretical issues, research findings and recent advances in Evolutionary Psychology;
an overview of concepts, findings and recent advances in Evolutionary Biology, Animal Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology that are critical for research in Evolutionary Psychology;
the opportunity to acquire important transferable research skills (eg research design, data analysis, report preparation, seminar presentation);
the opportunity to acquire knowledge of theoretical issues, research findings and recent advances in a related area of psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience or Cross-Cultural Psychology).
A UK first or 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in either a Social Sciences or Life Science subject area. Applicants with social science or non-science degrees should demonstrate some knowledge of scientific research methods. e.g. A-level in a science subject or scientific research in their first degree. Applicants with a 2.1 not in the specified subject area will be considered on an individual basisApplicants who hold a UK (2:2) Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification will be considered on an individual basis.