Learning and assessment
The teaching, learning and assessment strategy aims to develop active learning and takes into consideration the need for you to take greater responsibility for your own learning as you progress through the programme. You will be exposed to a variety of different learning and teaching approaches and activities. Please see the appendix for further details. Specifically, knowledge and understanding as well as transferable skills will be developed through:
- seminars (e.g. problem/discussion based)
- directed and self-directed study
- assessment-based learning (formative and summative)
- problem based learning
- collaborative learning and group work
- peer mentoring
Our approach is underpinned by research-led teaching which includes being exposed to the specialist research interests and practices of our academic team as well being informed by educational research.
Use modern laboratories and technology to bring psychological theory to life at the University of Bradford.
Social and Developmental Psychology Laboratory
Observe and analyse human behaviour, like group processes or parent-child interactions, from behind one-way mirrors, using digital speakers and 360 degree tracking digital cameras. You will be able to record, edit and analyse observation data in the psychology laboratory too.
There is also a fully equipped interview suite for undertaking qualitative interviews.
Experimental Psychology Laboratory
Designed for cognitive research, this laboratory includes 12 fully equipped testing rooms, each with specialist software used in real-life settings. Biopsychology can also be studied; students can measure heart rate, galvanic skin response and brain waves (EEG) using the Biopac System.
Eating Behaviour Laboratory
Measure body composition, such as body mass index, percentage body fat and visceral fat level, lean body mass, or predicted bone mass, using specialist equipment. This data lets you explore the detailed facets of health and eating behaviour.
Psychology Teaching Laboratory
This laboratory accommodates small groups for research and individual work. Students can access individual support with practical work and research skills from lecturers and psychology learning support officers.
Speech and Language Laboratory
Auditory information is all around us and the way we use and respond to speech and language is a central feature of psychology research. This highly specialised laboratory houses a sound-proof booth and has a dedicated audio-processing computer and two data collection stations.
We have a commitment to strong pastoral care for all of our students, which includes a Personal Tutor for all students, regular contact hours for tutor groups and our supportive student service teams who are always ready to help with any questions and provide the advice that you need.
In addition to standard study support through taught sessions, our Virtual Learning Environment allows students to access resources, participate in group work and submit work from anywhere in the world 24/7.
University central services are rich with support teams to assist students with every aspect of their journey through our degree programmes.
From our Career and Employability Service, through our strong Students' Union, to our professional and efficient Student Finance team, there are always friendly faces ready to support you and provide you with the answers that you need.
Members of the Division of Psychology are engaged in exciting and innovative research at the cutting edge of Psychology. Our research expertise represents interests in the application of psychology to understanding health and well-being, food and behaviour, lifespan psychology and neuropsychology.
Key areas of interest:
Cognition across the lifespan
- Memory and language processing in healthy ageing and in people with dementia
- Multilingualism and cognitive function
- Accuracy of cognitive testing and the effects of external factors on test scores
- Young children’s cognitive and emotional development
- Children’s and adolescents’ inner worlds
- Cognitive ageing and what can be done to prevent or delay it
- Eating behaviour and obesity
- Normative beliefs and misconceptions about health behaviour
- Body image and ageing
- The role of community practice in addressing health inequalities
Enhancing psychological wellbeing
- Safeguarding children
- Social media: friend or foe?
- Interventions to improve people’s lives
- History and philosophy of psychology
We draw on both quantitative and qualitative approaches including:
- Experimental methods
- Biological and physiological measures
- Questionnaire studies
- Narrative/ biographical approaches