BSc Computational Psychology


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The BSc Computational Psychology degree is designed for tomorrow’s world.

This pathway provides a rigorous approach to psychology, complemented by the application of computational principles to understand the brain and behaviour.

The fusion of psychological knowledge with experience in programming and machine learning means you'll be well placed to progress into the many occupational routes which psychology students seek.

You'll have the additional benefit of acquiring skills and knowledge to explore jobs in technical fields such as artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction and data analytics.

Overview

The degree programme has a central core of psychology, giving you exposure to a range of theoretical ideas and research evidence from a variety of fields, such as developmental psychology, social psychology and biological psychology. This ensures you have a grounding in the fundamental ideas which underpin psychology.

The computational elements reflect the flourishing interface between psychology, neuroscience and computing. Through combining your psychological knowledge with modules in programming, maths and machine learning you'll be able to explore the analysis and modelling of a range of psychological phenomena. You will develop an understanding of the mechanisms, structures, and processes of cognition, and how they may be modelled mathematically, and a set of skills that enable you to explore analysis and modelling in a range of psychological areas such as artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction and the analysis of Big Data. By bridging these exciting disciplines you'll be the first of a new generation of formally trained Computational Psychologists.

The programme meets the requirements for accreditation by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for the graduate basis for chartered membership (GBC) of the Society.

The academic year consists of two semesters. A typical module is taught through two lectures and about one seminar per week with workshops covering the computational skills aspects.

Course Structure

Year 1

In your first year you'll study four compulsory modules which make up your core learning, providing you with a platform upon which you can develop your psychological knowledge. You will encounter a wide variety of topics, from child development to the study of the individual in society. The research module will introduce you to subject specific methods in the study of psychology, as you begin developing research skills and a critical perspective. You'll join modules in Programming and Maths for Computing to build a foundation for understanding the interplay between computing and cognition.

Year 2

The second year follows a similar structure to the first year, with compulsory modules designed to develop your understanding of different branches of psychology. An advanced module in research methods aims to consolidate your knowledge of research design, qualitative analysis and statistics. In addition you'll take a specialist module in computational psychology which will introduce you to modelling cognitive processes and the architecture of the mind.

Year 3

In the third year you'll complete a substantial research project, reflecting the computational approach to cognition. You will be supported by a supervisor with expertise in your area of research, helping you to use your research skills to plan and produce a research project drawing on a specific form of data gathering and analysis. You will take modules which further advance your specialist knowledge both in computational techniques and applied areas such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, signal processing and computer vision. A key strength of the programme is the opportunity to experience and explore an exciting interdisciplinary subject which will build skills that are valued in a range of contemporary employment areas.

Teaching and Learning

The BSc in Computational Psychology has as its primary educational aim the scientific study of the mind, brain, and human behaviour. It combines compulsory core disciplinary learning, optional studies on specialist topics and a scientific training to reflect current knowledge of how the brain and mind work, co-developed by researchers in psychology, neuroscience and computing. While lectures are attended by all students taking a specific module, seminars are held in smaller groups where you can interact more directly with the tutor and your peers to address and discuss different topics. Workshops to develop computing skills are also an important aspect of the programme. The approach to teaching and learning is designed to enable students to graduate with: A comprehensive and robust knowledge of the mind, brain, behaviour, experience and social relationships and how core knowledge informs and relates to specialist contemporary fields of psychology. A command of the scientific method, proficiency in evaluating empirical evidence and competence in employing a range of research methodologies to answer psychological questions. The ability to describe and discuss the place of psychology in society, its relationship to cognate disciplines, and the capability to apply a range of psychological theory and empirical evidence to contemporary issues. Subject specific and generic skills in critical thinking, communication, numeracy, information technology and personal reflection which engender an enduring enthusiasm for learning and the resources to adapt to and succeed in a diverse and changing work environment.

Assessment

A range of assessment methods are used to monitor your progress, including coursework, reports, essays, projects, presentations, timed tests and examinations. There are both compulsory and optional elements to promote a combination of breadth and depth, core knowledge and creativity.

Career destinations

Recent graduates have entered a number of fields, including:

  • Data Scientist
  • Data Analyst
  • Artificial Intelligence Scientist
  • Human-computer interface designer
  • Neuro-marketing

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of other course-related costs.

Accreditation

The programme meets the requirements for accreditation by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for the graduate basis for chartered membership, (GBC) of the Society.

Course Modules 2020/1

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

MATHEMATICS FOR COMPUTING B

This module is designed for you if you have an A level (or equivalent) in Mathematics. It will provide you with an introduction to the mathematics of counting and arrangements, a further development of the theory and practice of calculus, an introduction to linear algebra and its computing applications and a further development of the principles and computing applications of probability theory. In addition, 3D Vectors are introduced and complex numbers are studied.

CMP-4005Y

20

PROGRAMMING 1

In taking this module you will gain a solid grounding in the essential features of object-oriented programming, using a modern programming language such as Java. The module is designed such that you are not expected to have previously studied programming, although it is recognised that many students taking the module will have done so in some measure.

CMP-4008Y

20

PSYCHOLOGY OF THE INDIVIDUAL: Development, Personality, Brain and Cognition

The overall aim of the module is to provide you with an introduction to the knowledge base and research issues underpinning how psychologists understand both normative processes and how people are different. From developmental psychology, you will cover a range of issues such as the contributions of nature and nurture. From personality psychology, you will look at areas such as the measurement and major controversies of personality. In semester 2, the module provides you with an introduction to evolutionary, biological and cognitive psychology enabling you to develop an understanding on a range of subjects including the basics of evolutionary theory, the anatomy and physiology of the central nervous system, the computational metaphor of the mind and how this is used to comprehend processes such as memory and perception. You will begin to develop effective study skills, such as searching for literature, research and essay writing.

PSY-4003Y

40

RESEARCH DESIGN AND ANALYSIS I

In this module you are introduced to the principles of research methods in psychology. You will be expected to think about the meaning of research and the philosophical underpinnings of scientific method. You will be provided with an introduction to the intellectual and practical process of scientific discovery, and will be taught how to use and evaluate some common research techniques and to produce properly organised research reports.

PSY-4001Y

40

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

COGNITIVE AND BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY

You will cover a wide range of core psychological topics on this module which are arranged into two distinct themes: Cognitive Psychology and Biological Psychology. Cognitive Psychology Theme: -Critically evaluate theories and discuss conflicting evidence within cognitive psychology. -Understand the practical implications of research in cognitive psychology. -Critically discuss recent progress in cognitive psychology. Biological Psychology Theme: -Describe and evaluate a range of methodological techniques which underpin the study of the human brain. -Demonstrate an understanding of the neurobiological basis of behaviour including vision, movement, language, learning, memory and emotion. -Critically discuss the neurobiological of some psychopathologies. By the end of this module you will have acquired advanced knowledge about how the mind is thought to be organised and how it operates (cognitive) and the neural systems that underpin the mind (biological).

PSY-5017B

20

CONCEPTUAL AND HISTORICAL ISSUES AND INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES

This module firstly considers individual differences and will explore and evaluate theories and findings, in the areas of differential psychology: scientific foundations of personality and intelligence, measurement and psychometrics. The module will build on the content from year 1 but will cover a diverse range of more advanced topics such as nature-nurture interplay, the biological basis of individual differences, emotional intelligence, personality and temperament and an insight into how Individual Differences is applied in real life settings. The spring semester we move onto an overview of the main ideas, people, approaches and methods that have shaped the discipline of psychology throughout its history. It will also help you to better understand contemporary psychology, its relationship to the sciences and humanities, as well as providing a context for the other modules that make up your psychology degree. The major schools of psychology and some of the key themes and debates that characterise the discipline will also be discussed (for example, the freewill-determinism debate, reductionism and the nature and limitations of scientific enquiry in psychology). We then move onto the consideration of individual differences and will explore and evaluate theories and findings, in the following area of differential psychology: scientific foundations of personality and intelligence, measurement and psychometrics.

PSY-5015Y

20

RESEARCH DESIGN AND ANALYSIS II

You'll develop your understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods. The module will enhance your understanding of statistical methods for drawing valid conclusions from numerical data through examination of: (i) techniques for data screening and exploration (ii) statistical significance, power and effect size (iii) parametric and nonparametric tests (iv) analysis of variance models (v) multiple regression. It aims to develop your skills and confidence in using SPSS for the analysis of data. You'll also be offered the opportunity to develop your skills in relation to qualitative research design and analysis. You will become familiar with the theoretical, philosophical and methodological dimensions of qualitative psychology, building interviewing skills and exploring meaning through the analytical processes of grounded theory, narrative and discourse analysis.

PSY-5003Y

40

SOCIAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

The module runs across two core themes of psychology, Social Psychology and Developmental Psychology. The Social Psychology theme will consolidate and expand your knowledge of core areas of social psychological theory and research, namely; Social Perception (including person perception, attitudes, attribution), Inter-group Processes (including prejudice, inter-group conflict, social identification), Small Group Processes (including norms, leadership, decision-making, productivity), Social Influence (including conformity, obedience, majority and minority influence, the bystander effect), Close Relationships (including interpersonal attraction, relationships). The Developmental Theme will consider a range of concepts, issues and debates concerning social, emotional and cognitive development during infancy, childhood and adolescence. You will be encouraged to think critically about some key theoretical and methodological approaches. Recurrent themes include the influences of genes and environment; thought and language; typical and atypical development; social context and communication with children; and the relative roles of the individual and culture in development.

PSY-5016A

20

Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

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Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

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Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level AAB including Mathematics and one of the following subjects Biology, Physics, Psychology, Computing Science, Geology, Environmental Science, Human Biology or Geography
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points including HL 5 in Mathematics and one other science subject
  • Scottish Highers AAAAA including Mathematics and one Science
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BBC including Mathematics and one Science
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 4 subjects at H2, 2 subjects at H3 including Mathematics and one Science
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 credits at level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3 including 12 credits in Mathematics and 12 credits in Science
  • BTEC DDD acceptable in a Science-based subject alongside A-level Mathematics grade B. Excluding BTEC Public Services and Business Administration
  • European Baccalaureate 80% overall including at least 85% and 70% in Mathematics and one Science

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading): 

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) 

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list

INTO University of East Anglia  

If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study: 

 

Interviews

Most applicants will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some applicants an interview will be requested. Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a time. 

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry on your UCAS application. 

Intakes

The annual intake is in September each year. 

Alternative Qualifications

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level. 

GCSE Offer

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE. 

Course Open To

UK and overseas applicants. 

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support 

Tuition Fees 

Information on tuition fees can be found here: 

 

 

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds.  

 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates. 

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option. 

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The application allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it is sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges. 

The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is E14. 

FURTHER INFORMATION 

Please complete our Online Enquiry Form to request a prospectus and to be kept up to date with news and events at the University.  

Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515 

 

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