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MPsych Advanced Psychology

Course Description

Want to get to grips with a specialist area of psychology? With our four year flagship programme, you’ll study on one of the first undergraduate masters courses in the UK - putting you ahead of the rest. You’ll build your knowledge of clinical, social, developmental, cognitive and physiological psychology and in your final year you’ll specialise in either behaviour change, cognitive and brain sciences or foundations of clinical psychology. You’ll graduate more than ready for your future career.

Key features

Experience an invaluable placement with a professional psychologist relevant to your chosen pathway as part of your final year. You’ll also have the option of a placement between years two and three.

Receive funding for your masters year with a student loan. Unlike postgraduate masters courses this course is fully eligible for student loans.

Focus on and become an expert in a specialist area of psychology that interests you the most, choosing from behaviour change, foundations of clinical psychology or cognitive brain sciences.

Take your first step to becoming a professional in your field – as a successful graduate, you’ll be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society, putting you on the ladder to becoming a professional psychologist.

Expand your horizons and experience with opportunities for international exchange and a year studying abroad.

Develop your skills as a scientist working alongside leading researchers with the Research Apprentice Scheme.

Maximise your learning with a personal tutor assigned throughout your studies to provide the support and guidance you need to get the most out of your course.

Shape your own study path with an exciting range of topics available through lectures, optional courses and project supervision.

Benefit from studying on a course that the Research Assessment Exercise rates as excellent for research and the Quality Assurance Agency praises for its quality of education.

Immerse yourself in an innovative and imaginative curriculum that’s continually shaped by the latest developments in psychological research.

Make the most of our specialist facilities – we’ve got 22 labs to choose from, including a virtual reality laboratory with 3D modelling software, sound-proof cubicles with a range of stimulus equipment and computer laboratories. You'll be able to get your hands on everything you need for your own research.

Receive outstanding student support with our award-winning Psychology eBooks scheme – we’ll give you free eBooks when you start, saving you over £1,500 in printed copies. Our Psychology eBooks scheme won the award for Teaching Excellence in The Guardian University Awards (2013).

Course details

In your first year, you’ll lay the foundations for your studies in psychology, getting to grips with the core theories and developing important intellectual and practical skills. Whether it’s social, developmental, clinical, cognitive or physiological psychology, your work will stretch across the psychology spectrum. You’ll develop your skills in the methods of psychological research, information technology, communication and critical thinking.

In your second year, you'll build on your growing knowledge of psychology, developing your understanding of how it is applied in practical, real life settings, as well as in a research environment. As part of your second year, you'll also develop your critical understanding of psychology and put more sophisticated research methods into practice.

If you choose, you can take an optional work placement after your second year, expanding and applying your knowledge of psychology in a real world context. Apply to spend a year of study honing your skills on a psychological professional/work placement, in areas from adult mental health to children, community, consultation, neuropsychology, forensic, research or education. Gain invaluable experience, make professional contacts and receive a Certificate of Professional/Industrial Placement. Please note some placements may require Occupation Health and/or Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

In year 4 you'll take part in academic debates, gaining an advanced understanding of the central areas of psychology. You’ll select advanced topics that reflect your own specialist interests and undertake a comprehensive piece of research as your final year project with the support of your academic supervisor.

In your final year, having completed three years to at least a second class degree standard, you’ll progress onto one of the three specialist Masters pathways. You’ll choose to focus on either behaviour change, cognitive and brain sciences or foundations of clinical psychology. You’ll then study specific topics to an advanced level and experience an invaluable placement with a professional psychologist relevant to your chosen pathway.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code.

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email .

Visit the MPsych Advanced Psychology page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A Level: ABB from 3 or 4 A Levels from any subjects, excluding General Studies. International Baccalaureate: 28 points. All relevant international qualifications will be considered. 18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma: DDM. 12 Unit BTEC National Certificate/QCF Diploma: DM plus a B grade from one A level or DM plus an A grade from one A level. Access courses: pass an Access to HE course in a relevant subject (science, humanities, combined, social sciences) with 60 credits overall, 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at distinction and 15 credits at merit.

Course Fees

Please visit our fees for continuing students 2016-17 page.

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