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.
Social and Developmental Psychology Laboratory
The Social and Developmental Psychology Laboratory offers both students and staff excellent facilities to observe and analyse human behaviour (e.g. group processes, parent child interactions).
This laboratory includes one way mirrors, digital speakers and 360 degree tracking digital cameras. Facilities for digitally recording, editing and analysing observation data are also a feature of the social and developmental psychology laboratory. This laboratory also has a fully equipped interview suite where you are able to develop skills and undertake qualitative interviews.
Experimental Psychology Laboratory
The Experimental Psychology Laboratory includes 12 fully equipped testing rooms designed for cognitive research. Each testing room has a networked PC loaded with specialist software used in the investigation of cognitive processes.
These rooms are also used for biopsychology where students are able to measure heart rate, galvanic skin response and brain waves (EEG) using the Biopac System.
Eating Behaviour Laboratory
The Eating Behaviour Laboratory has equipment that enables students to measure body composition (e.g. body mass index, % body fat and visceral fat level, lean body mass, predicted bone mass).
These body composition measures are used alongside other data to explore the detailed facets of health and eating behaviour.
Psychology Teaching Laboratory
The Psychology Teaching Laboratory enables students to be taught specific research skills in a fully equipped space with a staging area for research and individual workstations.
The laboratory accommodates small groups where students are given individual support with practical work 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 laboratory houses a sound proof booth and has a dedicated audio-processing computer and two data collection stations.
This laboratory is highly specialised and has been used by students undertaking their dissertation research.
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.
Academics in the Division of Psychology at the University of Bradford are involved in an exciting and innovative range of research at the cutting edge of psychology.
Our research expertise focuses on the application of psychology to understanding health and well-being; cognition and brain research including neuropsychology, perception and developmental psychology, and the connections between identity, social constructionism and narrative.
We have two active research groups:
Applied Health and Social Psychology Group
The work of this group draws upon psychological principles and theory to research how a range of issues impact upon health and wellbeing.
Our work has an applied focus and explores the link between subjectivity and the social world in relation to health and well-being, as well as the relationship between biological and psychological processes. The group includes links with a number of researchers from across and outside the University.
Bradford Cognition and Brain Group
This group is a collaboration between the Division of Psychology and the School of Optometry and Vision Science.
It promotes alliance and the sharing of research across the University of Bradford (and beyond) among anyone interested in Cognitive Psychology, or any type of brain functioning or behaviour.
Regular seminars allow individuals to present their research to the rest of the group and encourage discussion of potential research links, including funding opportunities.