Learning and assessment
Teaching on the programme includes lectures, small group seminars, workshops and laboratory-based practicals. For instance, during lectures you will be encouraged to actively engage with the learning materials by taking part in group discussions, debates and problem solving activities.
In practical sessions you will take part in a number of activities; for example in Advanced Psychological Research Methods you will process and analyse quantitative and qualitative data, whereas in Topics and Theoretical Issues in Clinical Psychology practical sessions will involve taking part in experiential tasks to better understand clinical psychology.
Throughout all the modules, you will be encouraged to work collaboratively in groups and individually to enhance your learning.
Modules are assessed by a variety of means, including:
- practical assessments
- laboratory reports
- peer assessment
- presentations (oral and poster)
- a supervised placement
Formative assessment, for instance, feedback on lab work or group discussion, in every module will give you the opportunity to reflect upon and develop academic skills. In addition, an element of informal peer assessment will also take place during activities which require group work, such as presentations, simulations and debates. In conjunction with the module tutor, the programme leader and in your personal tutoring sessions, you will be encouraged to reflect on assignment feedback and improve your techniques.
For the 60 credit MSc Research Project in the Psychology of Health and Wellbeing you will be able to choose a topic within the area psychology of health and wellbeing you wish to research. This will reflect the diversity of the core psychology curriculum and staff expertise. This research project offers you the opportunity to carry out an empirical and independent piece of research investigating one area relevant to the field of psychological health and wellbeing in depth, using theoretical understanding and research method skills developed during the programme. This independent research study will also help to further develop your skills to work independently and rigorously, whilst benefiting from the support of a member of staff with experience in a similar area.
Assessment will usually focus on written expression of your skills, through essays, examinations or workbook writing. You will also develop skills in presenting research findings and in the production of article writing. Assessment criteria are transparent and published.