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Psychology by Research (MSc)


Course Description

This MSc allows you to conduct an independent psychological study in a vibrant research culture. The School of Psychology, Early Years and Therapeutic Studies at the University of South Wales is home to internationally-recognised academics with diverse research interests. We offer a comprehensive range of equipment and laboratory space, and a supportive atmosphere in which to conduct your research.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/228-msc-psychology-by-research

What you will study

You can choose an area of psychology that interests you most and pursue a relevant research project in that area. Research topics include, but are not restricted to:
- Parent-Child Relationships
- Older Citizens and Community Participation
- Online Romantic Relationships
- Cyber Bullying
- Sport Psychology
- Psychology of Spelling
- Psychology of Deception

You will also receive training in research methodology, covering both qualitative and quantitative approaches. A prior knowledge of statistics is preferable, although you will get formal training in statistics and relevant computer applications.

Learning and teaching methods

You will work independently for the most part, but you will be supported by close supervision from academic members of staff, with whom you will meet on a regular basis to assess your progress. The compulsory Research Methodology module involves class attendance for three hours each week and the completion of written assignments.

To share and develop your ideas, you will be encouraged to present your research to colleagues at regular seminars throughout the year, and to interact and discuss your work with other research students.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

This qualification will provide a good basis for anyone who wants to pursue a career in research. It is also ideal for those who wish to improve their research skills to a professional level to support applications for a PhD, or for a clinical or educational professional training programme.

Assessment methods

This course involves completing your Research Methodology training and submitting a dissertation of your own research of around 25,000 words, at the end of which you will receive an oral examination by an external assessor.

Facilities

You’lll have access to the latest learning technologies, facilities and equipment, including excellent designated facilities.

These include observation and interview rooms equipped with two-way mirror, CCTV and audio and allow research and interview practice sessions to be conducted and recorded onto DVD. We also have a custom-built air-conditioned PC laboratory which provides access to specialist software for running psychology experiments. More specialist equipment is also available in our cognitive suite and more details about this are given below.

The cognitive psychology suite houses specialist psychology equipment. This includes eye tracking equipment which is capable of studying the eye movements of individuals whilst they complete cognitive tasks. The suite includes EEG (electroencephalogram) and ECG (electrocardiogram) facilities for recording electrical activity in the heart and scalp. There is also a driving simulator which is currently being used by postgraduate students to complete a study which examines the effects of stressors on driving performance.

As well as our excellent dedicated teaching facilities, the School of Psychology offers a wide range of psychological services to the general public. These are offered through our new PAWB Wales clinic facility and include play therapy, behaviour analysis, health and sport psychology interventions. The clinic activities support our wide range of postgraduate opportunities and undergraduate students can also get involved in some of the clinic’s work.

Visit the Psychology by Research (MSc) page on the University of South Wales website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Usually a good Honours degree in psychology or a related discipline. For applicants who do not possess formal qualifications, relevant professional experience may be taken into account via the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)/Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) mechanism (University regulations will apply).

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