You will take the same modules as BSc Psychology students in the first three years, followed by an additional specialist fourth year.
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.
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.
Module: Applied Psychology Placement
Placements will run for 30 weeks from the start of the autumn term, up until the start of May. Students will work on placement-related tasks for an average of three days per week during that time. Students will carry out work under the supervision of an applied psychologist employed by the host organisation, such as:
- Audit and service evaluation
- Helping to run groups or therapeutic activities
- Supervised/structured assessments
- Project work
- Communication, dissemination and organisational work
- Literature reviewing
600 hours will be spent on these tasks. Students will receive regular supervision (once per week) within the host organisation. Their progress on placement will also be checked three times via assessment, and via monitoring from a University staff member. Students will also spend 300 hours on a placement related practice report.
Module: Psychological Research in Applied Practice
An introduction to practical, ethical and design issues in applied research. Sample topics:
- Research in a professional context: preparing for professional working environments; the rewards and challenges of applied research
- The status of psychological knowledge: epistemology and ontology
- Aims and objectives: framing a research question
- Constructing a research proposal
- User involvement
- Writing a literature review
- Seeking ethical approval for applied research
- Audit and research for service planning
- Intervention research and randomised controlled trials, evaluating applied research
Module: Psychology in Action
This module will provide a supportive and structured learning environment for MSci Applied Psychology students during their time on external practical placements, where they will be working under the supervision of applied psychologists in the NHS, schools, forensic settings and other services. The module also provides a breadth of knowledge by exposing students to issues in dfferent subareas of applied psychology.
A series of two-hour seminar sessions will provide students with an introduction to some common topics in Applied Psychology, and a forum for discussing their learning on placement, and connecting these experiences to academic evidence. The sessions will be facilitated by a rotating group of staff and doctoral trainees from the educational, clinical and forensic psychology course-teams. Students will also have the opportunity to showcase a placement related task/activity they have been involved with.
Sample topics might include:
- Challenging behaviour
- Offender treatment programs
- Restorative justice
- Physical health
- Resilience and trauma
- Attachment and loss
- Carers and families
The facilitator will provide students with three to five key papers for their seminar topic, two weeks in advance of the seminar. For each seminar, one pair of students will work together to prepare a short presentation to start the seminar off, and a series of questions / discussion points to be covered in the seminar.
The sessions will run once per fortnight through the Spring term, in order to keep the students in consistent contact with the University.
Module: Fundamentals of Applied Psychology
This module will contribute to preparing students for their external research and practical placements, where they will work under the supervision of applied psychologists in the NHS, schools, forensic settings and other services.
Sessions will introduce some key concepts in Applied Psychology:
- Contexts of delivery: e.g. professional models (scientist-practitioner/reflective practice/consultancy); working with organisations and systems
- Core practice: e.g. communication and supervision
- Core concepts: e.g. theoretical models
- Understanding difficulties: e.g. assessment and formulation
- Facilitating change: e.g. formulation and intervention
Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2024. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules after that date; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.