MSci Cognitive Psychology


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Degree of Master of Sciences



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“Studying psychology has taught me a lot about myself, as well as the people around me. It was a stimulating and engaging programme and modules in child observation and development psychology have equipped me well for my career as a teacher.”

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Joanna Lilley, BSc Psychology Graduate.

The MSci programme provides a rigorous approach to the range of psychological sciences combined with the opportunity to specialise in a particular sphere of knowledge on human behaviour and experience. The degree programmes have a central core of psychology, giving you exposure to a range of theoretical ideas and research evidence from a variety of fields. Our approach reflects the growing consensus within the field that human behaviour is best understood as the interaction of nature and nurture, biology and culture, and genes and environment. In the first three years you will bridge disciplinary boundaries, enabling you to explore and analyse the complex psychological processes found in contemporary life. You will learn to relate psychological theories to real world experience and activities, and explore how psychological scholarship and research can be used in practical situations.

Overview

The MSci programme provides a rigorous approach to the range of psychological sciences combined with the opportunity to specialise in a particular sphere of knowledge on human behaviour and experience.

The degree programmes have a central core of psychology, giving you exposure to a range of theoretical ideas and research evidence from a variety of fields, including:

  • developmental psychology
  • social psychology
  • cognitive psychology
  • biological psychology
  • the study of personality and individual differences.

Our approach reflects the growing consensus within the field that human behaviour is best understood as the interaction of nature and nurture, biology and culture, and genes and environment.

In the first three years you will bridge disciplinary boundaries, enabling you to explore and analyse the complex psychological processes found in contemporary life. Throughout this course you will be able to develop your own psychological understanding, integrating ideas from the diverse range of behavioural and social theories you will encounter. You will learn to relate psychological theories to real world experience and activities, and explore how psychological scholarship and research can be used in practical situations.

Your specialist knowledge and skills will develop as you select specific options and engage in higher level research in years 3 and 4.

Course Structure

The academic year consists of two semesters. A typical module is taught through two lectures and an average of one seminar per week. 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 and address and discuss different topics.

Year 1

In your first year you will study three compulsory modules which will 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 linking the study of the individual to society. The research module will introduce you to subject specific methods in the study of psychology, as you begin to develop research skills and a critical perspective.

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. A further module in research methods aims to consolidate your knowledge of research design, qualitative analysis and statistics.

Year 3

In the third year you will complete a substantial research project, reflecting your intellectual interests and career aspirations. 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. This could be focused on interviewing, survey work and/or experimental design, both within the laboratory and in applied contexts depending upon your chosen route. You will also select a number of optional modules from a wide range of psychology subjects, designed to give you specialist knowledge which will bridge into your Master’s year.

Year 4

In your fourth year you will continue to build specialist knowledge in your chosen field together with opportunities for building of advanced research skills aligned with your academic focus.

Cognitive Psychology

The 4th year of the Cognitive Psychology programme combines research methods training with in-depth study at the cutting edge of the subject area. This year is aimed at developing the specific skills in research methodology necessary to study Cognitive Neuroscience and delivers the ability to understand normal and abnormal brain function, prepare research proposals, and undertake original research, analysis and synthesis in one of current psychology’s fast-moving and fundamental areas. In the process you will acquire transferable skills in oral and written communication and the management and analysis of complex data sets. A strength of the programme is the opportunity to experience modern psychological research methods at first hand, including EEG, TMS, virtual reality, and motion and eye-tracking.

Teaching and Learning

The design of the course creates a common knowledge base in Level 4, while offering flexibility for students to undertake specific pathway through the degree based on academic interest or career intentions. Modules are team taught, enabling staff to teach in specialist areas and utilise particular skills. Teaching in your 3rd year offers a range of options which either deepen subdisciplinary knowledge or offer opportunities to build integrative and applied understanding. The teaching ethos helps to create a spine of common experiences for students, allows progression through common standards of assessment and feedback and enables staff to teach to their areas of expertise.

Independent study

As you progress through the course you will be expected to work more independently. The opportunity to undertake research projects in both your 3rd and 4th years means that you can explore areas of psychology which you find exciting and engaging.

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. The MSci route is characterized by the opportunity to undertake two in-depth pieces of research.

Study abroad or Placement Year

 

After the course

The cognitive psychology pathway is perfect for those preparing for a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, and will benefit anyone planning a career with a significant research or data handling component.

Career destinations

The MSci routes lead to many career pathways ranging from:

  • Psychological Research in social issues, health services and education
  • Market and media research
  • Neuropsychological therapies and rehabilitation
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Data analytics
  • Child development

Course related costs

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

Accreditation

This course is accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Course Modules 2020/1

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 or ABB with an A in the Extended Project
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points
  • Scottish Highers AAAAA
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BBC
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 4 subjects at H2, 2 subjects at H3
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 credits in Level 3
  • BTEC DDD. Excludes BTEC Public Services, BTEC Uniformed Services and BTEC Business Administration.
  • European Baccalaureate 80%

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:

·         Pre-sessional English at INTO UEA

·         English for University Study at INTO UEA

INTO UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA

If you do not meet the academic and/or English requirements for direct entry, our partner, INTO University of East Anglia, offers guaranteed progression onto an undergraduate degree within the School of Psychology upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests and qualifications you can take a variety of routes to the degree:

Any International Foundation Course (for first year entry)

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:

UK students

EU Students 

Overseas Students

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

Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

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