The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.
You are taught through a blend of learning and teaching methods including weekly lectures, some block teaching sessions and a dedicated weekly seminar programme.
In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course. Additionally, the weekly seminar programme includes dedicated careers and personal academic tutoring sessions.
You also have an opportunity to learn alongside other psychology postgraduates on accredited courses.
In a typical week you will have around 6 - 12 contact hours of teaching but the precise contact hours depends on the academic semester and whether you choose to study full-time or part-time.
Typically class contact time will be structured around:
- Formal lectures
- Seminars and individual or group tutorials
In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 18-36 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing required reading, formative activities linked to summative assessments, research design, data collection and analysis and VLE based activities (e.g. critically analysing web based discussions and videos).
Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.
You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes staff experienced in delivering BPS GBC accredited courses, are research active Chartered Psychologists, work as senior and principal lecturers, and are also involved in the supervision of doctoral research students.
Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and 100 per cent of course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles
The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.
Assessment methods include essays, systematic review, position papers, examinations and research projects. The programme includes both formative and summative assignments designed to support your learning. The variety of teaching and learning methods used create an opportunity for students to identify the relevance of learning to their own professional / personal development agenda. The teaching group sizes are small and allow for students to really engage with the teaching staff to enhance their learning, as does the weekly seminar programme.
The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for a student completing the course full time in one year is the course is:
Semester 1: analysis of a given data set and a research proposal; a critical review research papers on a specific topic and an essay; designing, running and reporting a small scale research study and a two hour unseen examination.
Semester 2: a systematic review; a three hour hybrid examination; a position paper and research report using a given data set; dissertation (taken across semesters 1 and 2).
You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.
We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.