MSci Cognitive Psychology
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
DisclaimerWhilst 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.
- 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:
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:
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.
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.
The annual intake is in September each year.
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.
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
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