Psychology and Psychological Practice MSci (Hons)
Undergraduate, Single Honours
How long it takes:
Undergraduate (4 Years)
Distance learning/ Campus
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Newcastle Law School
First and second years
In your first two years you will study the core theories and methods of psychology, covering child development, learning, abnormal behaviour, cognitive psychology, perception, personality, social psychology, and brain and behaviour. You will also learn how to design experiments and collect and analyse data.
Year abroad option
As a current student you will have the opportunity to take a year abroad in between your second and third years, in a location such as the USA, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong or Singapore. If you take this option you will receive an MSci with Year Abroad.
- Research Methods A: Basic Skills
- Research Methods B: Introduction to Psychological Investigation and Statistics
- Cognitive Psychology
- Introduction to Psychobiology: from Ion Channels to Behaviour
- Introduction to Learning
- Introduction to Developmental Psychology
- Developing Skills for Psychologists/Neuroscientists 1: Making it work at University
- Developing Skills for Psychologists/Neuroscientists 2: Engaging professionally
- Social and Cognitive Development
- Introduction to Psycholinguistics
- Introduction to Social and Differential Psychology
- Neural Basis of Vision and Action
- Research Methods C
- Research Methods D
- Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Year 3 is designed to allow you to develop your individual interests and abilities. You will choose four modules from a wide range of subjects. The modules on offer may vary from year to year, but examples include: Understanding Emotions, Visual Cognitive Neuroscience and Art, Why we eat what we eat, and Clinical Psychology of Severe Intellectual Disability. Class sizes in the third year encourage discussion and places are subject to availability. For each chosen module, there is usually a weekly two-hour lecture plus workshops and/or seminars.
In Year 3 you will also complete an independent Research Project. Under the guidance of a supervisor, you will design a study in your chosen research area, collect and analyse the data, and interpret the data for an oral presentation and written report. This is a substantial piece of independent work that accounts for one-third of the year’s grade, and allows you to develop in-depth knowledge of a specific sub-field of psychology.
Option modules – Example option modules may include:
- Adolescence: Mind and Brain
- Adult Neuropsychological Syndromes
- Antisocial and Violent Behaviours: A Multilevel Perspective
- Brain Damage and Aging in the Attentional System
- Brain Imaging: a Toolbox for Understanding the Human Mind
- Clinical Psychology of Severe Intellectual Disability
- Communities and Social Action
- Development and Disorders of Language in Children
- Early Intervention: Can we improve atypical and neurodevelopmental outcomes?
- Higher Cognitive Function in Children, Adults and Non Human Animals
- Rehabilitating the Brain
- The Mind Detective: Understanding how the mind works by looking at what happens when it is damaged
- The Neurobiology of Mental Illness
- Visual Cognitive Neuroscience and Art
- Why We Eat What We Eat
- Why We Remember and Why We Forget
- Understanding emotions: A neuro-cognitive perspective
- Psychology of Popular Media Culture
In the fourth year, you will gain hands-on experience in applied psychology through work placement with practising clinical, forensic or educational psychologists (the type of placement is subject to availability). Taught components are Masters’ level modules. You will gain knowledge of theoretical and methodological underpinnings of applied psychology through advanced seminar and lecture modules.
You will gain hands-on experience in applied psychology through a work placement with practising clinical, forensic or educational psychologists (the type of placement is subject to availability).
Taught components are Masters’ level modules. You will gain knowledge of theoretical and methodological underpinnings of applied psychology through advanced seminar and lecture modules.
- Applied Psychology Placement
- Professional Practice Report
- Psychological Research in Clinical Settings
- Topics in Applied Psychology
- Principles of Applied Psychology
Applicants should normally have one of the following:
- A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a UK university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
- A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
- An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level
If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.
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USA,UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)
International students starting 2019/20 (per year)
You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.
All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.
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Through teaching and choice of placement, the course provides you with practical experience of working in organisations such as the Probation Service, educational services or the NHS. However, if you are considering a career in clinical, educational or forensic psychology, relevant postgraduate work experience and further training are needed.
It is important to note that the MSci programme does not give you direct access to postgraduate professional training in clinical, forensic, or educational psychology. Courses are highly competitive and applicants are likely to have two or more years of full-time work experience.
In the case of clinical psychology, this postgraduate work experience will often be derived from working in Assistant Psychologist posts and, as with entry to the ClinPsyD postgraduate training programme, access to Assistant Psychologist posts is also extremely competitive. The MSci programme is likely to give you an advantage if you apply for Assistant Psychologist posts or for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWP) training in a very competitive market, especially straight from university.
In educational and forensic psychology, the range of permissible postgraduate work experience is more varied. Assistant Psychologist posts are also available, although these are relatively few. Again, the MSci programme is likely to give you an advantage if you apply for one of these posts following graduation. Moreover, the year’s experience on the MSci will also be weighed positively when you apply for your postgraduate training. It will provide clear testimony to your knowledge and understanding of the contexts within which educational and forensic psychologists work, and of your own capacity to apply your psychologically-based knowledge and skills, with supervision, to contribute to service delivery.
This programme is accredited as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society, provided the minimum standard of a lower second-class Honours degree is achieved. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.