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Interested in the study of people and their behaviour?

Want to find out more about the workings of the human mind? Whether you’re looking for a specialist area of psychology or prefer to follow a general route, Northumbria University’s BSc (Hons) in Psychology could be the undergraduate course for you.

You will have the option to tailor your degree through option choice and leave with one of Northumbria University’s specialist awards or choose to follow the more general BSc (Hons) Psychology degree course. 

Northumbria University’s psychology course is taught by experienced, approachable research-active staff who take an innovative approach to learning. You will develop an understanding of the theories behind the ways we think and behave, examining a wide range of domains within psychology including cognitive psychology, psychobiology, developmental and social psychology. 

Lab sessions give you valuable hands-on practical experience and you’ll have access to state-of-the art facilities.

The optional work placement and your final year research project will develop your personal and professional skills, and graduates will meet the requirements for Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society, upon achieving a 2:2 or higher, and must pass the empirical psychology project.

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See other similar courses you may be interested in: BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology

 

What awards are available for Psychology at Northumbria University?

 

Depending upon which route you choose to take, the following awards are potential outcomes of this course:

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (Health Psychology)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (Clinical Psychology)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (Business Psychology)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (Forensic Psychology)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (Experimental Psychology)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (Sport and Exercise Psychology)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology

 

Why choose Northumbria to study Psychology?

Student Satisfaction - Over 91% of students studying Psychology at Northumbria thought staff were good at explaining things (NSS, 2023).

World-class Facilities - Your learning experience will be enriched by university facilities including our new state of the art research laboratories.

Top Department - Northumbria’s research in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience is ranked 15th in the UK for research power out of 93 submissions (REF, 2021). This is a rise of 28 places from 43rd in 2014.

Psychology at Northumbria is ranked Top 40 in the UK by the Complete University Guide for 2024.

Accredited Degree - This degree is accredited by The British Psychological Society.


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 White image with text reading 'It's not too late to apply for 2024. Deadline 30th June.'

Interested in the study of people and their behaviour?

Want to find out more about the workings of the human mind? Whether you’re looking for a specialist area of psychology or prefer to follow a general route, Northumbria University’s BSc (Hons) in Psychology could be the undergraduate course for you.

You will have the option to tailor your degree through option choice and leave with one of Northumbria University’s specialist awards or choose to follow the more general BSc (Hons) Psychology degree course. 

Northumbria University’s psychology course is taught by experienced, approachable research-active staff who take an innovative approach to learning. You will develop an understanding of the theories behind the ways we think and behave, examining a wide range of domains within psychology including cognitive psychology, psychobiology, developmental and social psychology. 

Lab sessions give you valuable hands-on practical experience and you’ll have access to state-of-the art facilities.

The optional work placement and your final year research project will develop your personal and professional skills, and graduates will meet the requirements for Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society, upon achieving a 2:2 or higher, and must pass the empirical psychology project.

Register for Psychology Course Updates

See other similar courses you may be interested in: BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology

 

What awards are available for Psychology at Northumbria University?

 

Depending upon which route you choose to take, the following awards are potential outcomes of this course:

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (Health Psychology)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (Clinical Psychology)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (Business Psychology)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (Forensic Psychology)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (Experimental Psychology)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (Sport and Exercise Psychology)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology

 

Why choose Northumbria to study Psychology?

Student Satisfaction - Over 91% of students studying Psychology at Northumbria thought staff were good at explaining things (NSS, 2023).

World-class Facilities - Your learning experience will be enriched by university facilities including our new state of the art research laboratories.

Top Department - Northumbria’s research in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience is ranked 15th in the UK for research power out of 93 submissions (REF, 2021). This is a rise of 28 places from 43rd in 2014.

Psychology at Northumbria is ranked Top 40 in the UK by the Complete University Guide for 2024.

Accredited Degree - This degree is accredited by The British Psychological Society.


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Course Information

UCAS Code
C800

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full time or 4 years full time with optional study abroad year

Department
Psychology

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2024 or September 2025

Fees
Fee Information

Modules
Module Information

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Entry Requirements 2024/25

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, T level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Northumbria University is committed to supporting all individuals to achieve their ambitions. We have a range of schemes and alternative offers to make sure as many individuals as possible are given an opportunity to study at our University regardless of personal circumstances or background. To find out more, review our Northumbria Entry Requirement Essential Information page for further details www.northumbria.ac.uk/entryrequirementsinfo

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2025/26

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, T level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Northumbria University is committed to supporting all individuals to achieve their ambitions. We have a range of schemes and alternative offers to make sure as many individuals as possible are given an opportunity to study at our University regardless of personal circumstances or background. To find out more, review our Northumbria Entry Requirement Essential Information page for further details www.northumbria.ac.uk/entryrequirementsinfo

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2024/25 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1: £9,250

* The maximum tuition fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by government. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, these are subject to government regulations and in line with inflation.


EU Fee in Year 1: £18,250

International Fee in Year 1: £18,250


Please see the main Funding Pages for 24/25 scholarship information.

 


ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Fees and Funding 2025/26 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1*: TBC

* The maximum tuition fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by government. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, these are subject to government regulations and in line with inflation.



EU Fee in Year 1: **TBC


International Fee in Year 1: TBC

ADDITIONAL COSTS

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

JC5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Psychology (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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PY0416 -

Introduction to Psychology (Core,20 Credits)

This module will introduce you to four key perspectives of psychology: social, biological, developmental and cognitive psychology.
In the social component you will learn how we navigate through our social world. This will include theories relating to impression formation, persuasion, and social influence. These theories will be exemplified with real-world examples to help demonstrate their practical implications.
The biological psychology component will introduce you to the key biological processes, for example, genetics, nervous, hormone and neurotransmitter systems that underpin psychology and behaviour. You will also learn about conditions that can occur when these how biological processes become faulty.
In the developmental psychology component you will learn how people develop across their lifetime. This component will discuss theories relating to attachment, intelligence, and developmental disorders and psychopathology. You will be provided with real-world examples to help you develop your understanding of how these theories can be applied.
The cognitive component will discuss key topics in this area, including memory, language, and perception. You will learn the basic aspects of cognition that are used in everyday life. You will also learn about psychological conditions associated with cognitive processes.

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PY0417 -

Psychological Research Methodologies (Core,20 Credits)

This module will provide you with an introduction to quantitative data analysis, i.e. statistics. You will gain an understanding of fundamental concepts and principles in statistics. These include levels of measurement; standardised effect size measures; sample distributions, standard errors and confidence intervals; and statistical significance testing and the problems it causes.

In addition to basic principles, you will learn about a range of frequently used techniques for data analysis using the programmes SPSS and ESCII. For each of the techniques you will learn to identify when it is suitable to use; how to run the analysis; how to report its results to experts and lay people; and how to use these result to inform your critical judgement about your own research and that of others. The techniques you will learn about include descriptive statistics; the estimation of standardised effect sizes; t-tests and their non-parametric alternatives; chi2 to analyse proportions; meta-analysis; correlation; linear regression; and ANOVA.

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PY0418 -

Qualitative Psychological Laboratory Experience and Skills (Core,20 Credits)

The module is designed to introduce you to the basic principles of qualitative research skills.

On this module you willl learn about qualitative research methodologies, written and verbal communication skills and other transferrable skills within Psychology. You will plan, conduct and report qualitative research studies in both formative and summative assessments. In addition, you will learn about research ethics, good practice in research and demonstrate a range of transferrable skills including communication skills and an understanding of the role of teamwork.

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PY0419 -

Quantitative Psychological Laboratory Experience and Skills (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will work in groups and individually to learn how to design, conduct and report psychological research using quantitative methodologies. Individually, you will engage in the research process as both a ‘researcher’ and ‘participant’. You will learn how to handle data and present research findings, including the use of tables and figures, in scientific reports and oral presentations. You will discuss and evaluate ethical considerations in psychological research and learn how to write ethics documents in accordance with current conventions.

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PY0420 -

Personality and Health Psychology (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about the basic principles involved in the study, investigation and explanation of personality and health psychology.

You will be introduced to the major theories and models of personality and health psychology. You will learn about the core issues and debates involved in the study of personality and health psychology through the understanding of the historical and contemporary development of the concepts and an evaluation of theories.

You will explore methods of measuring personality and problems you might encounter in doing so. You will also explore the relationship between society and health by focusing on health promotion campaigns, doctor-patient communication, social class, gender, culture, and lifespan issues.

In workshop discussions you will develop communication skills and begin to understand the role of teamwork.

You will also learn how knowledge of personality can be used and applied in the real world by health, clinical, occupational and forensic professionals. From this you will begin to be aware of and develop career interests. Similarly, as you begin to understand the role of health promotion campaigns the module will provide you with insight into real world career opportunities.

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PY0421 -

An Introduction to Mental Health (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about the study and practice of clinical psychology, including mental health and mental illness. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) is the most well known approach to classification of mental disorders. This manual will form the basis of the module. You will be introduced to a case study film clip each week illustrating the clinical presentation of a mental disorder ‘cluster’. A lecture will introduce the diagnostic criteria and basic aetiology and treatment protocol for each disorder. Workshop sessions will give you the opportunity to explore how theory may relate to practice and reflect on issues surrounding practice as a clinical psychologist.
The module will result in a broad debate around notions of mental illness and ‘clinical’ psychology. On completion of the module you will be able to demonstrate conceptual knowledge of theories of mental illnesses and the treatment of illnesses included in the DSM. You will also be able to demonstrate knowledge of the symptoms, epidemiology, aetiology and treatment of the disorders introduced in the lectures.

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ML5001 -

Unilang - Languages for all - Level 5 Placeholder (Optional,20 Credits)

The 20-credit yearlong Unilang modules (stages 1 – 5 depending on language) aim to encourage a positive attitude to language learning and to develop and practise the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing introducing the basic/increasingly complex grammatical structures and vocabulary of the spoken and written language (depending on stage) and developing your ability to respond appropriately in the foreign language in spoken and written form in simple and increasingly complex everyday situations.

These modules also introduce you to the country and the culture of the country. In doing this, Unilang modules are intended to encourage and support international mobility; to enhance employability at home and abroad; to improve communication skills in the foreign language as well as English; to improve cultural awareness and, at the higher stages, to encourage access to foreign sources.

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PY0533 -

Eating Disorders (Optional,20 Credits)

This module will provide you with an understanding of the main clinical and epidemiological features of the eating disorders as classified in DSM V. You will learn about clinical management, as well as understanding of the variation of body image attitudes and perception and eating habits in normal healthy population.

The module covers topics such as; the clinical presentation of eating disorders, classification, diagnosis, and assessment of eating disorders, the role of dieting, the effect of culture, the physiology of appetite and obesity, body image distortion, eating disorders in children and men, and the treatment of eating disorders.

The module draws on many areas of psychology. Predisposing and precipitating factors for eating disorders are examined by considering empirical evidence from the biological, psychological, behavioural and socio-cultural domains. Specific risk factors explored include genetics, personality factors, cognitive factors and environmental factors, including the family, peer-group relations, adverse life experiences. The role of dieting and the effect of culture (including media) amongst some other things are explored as triggers.

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PY0534 -

Parapsychology (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will explore the scientific study of paranormal experiences. You will learn about the historical context for parapsychological enquiry and analyse the various theories providing explanations for paranormal belief. The focus of the module will be on the application of psychological research and theory to the context of anomalous experiences and beliefs.

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PY0536 -

Positive Psychology (Optional,20 Credits)

The module is designed to introduce you to the basic principles regarding the study, investigation and explanation of optimal human functioning and well-being.

On this module you will be introduced to theories and models of well-being within the context of positive psychology. You will learn about the core issues involved in the study of well-being through the understanding of the historical and contemporary development of the concepts and an evaluation of theories.

Methods of measuring well-being and happiness and the challenges associated with this will be explored.

Strategies for increasing positive emotions, engagement, positive relationships, meaning in life, and accomplishment will be explored by focusing on empirical validation of interventions and exercises to try out in the context of your day-to-day life.

Through workshop discussions and formative group exercises you will develop communication skills and begin to understand the role of teamwork.

Through your understanding of applications of positive psychology interventions to the real world, such as by clinical psychology professionals, you will begin to be aware of career interests. Similarly, by critically evaluating research in the field of positive psychology you will begin to develop your skills for real world career opportunities.

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PY0539 -

The Creative Mind (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will explore the theory and empirical research into the creative mind. The module will first cover an historical perspective of creativity research and highlight how early conceptualisations of creativity (e.g. evolutionary accounts) provided the groundwork for research examining the importance of creativity to the human experience. Research methods typically employed in the study of creativity will then be introduced. You will learn how traditional psychometric studies and new developments in the neurosciences can be used in tandem to examine this difficult to measure concept.

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PY0542 -

Psychology Placement (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will gain experience and knowledge of working in a psychology-related placement, for a minimum of 70 hours. You will develop transferable skills, such as knowledge of confidentiality, data protection, communication, problem-solving, group work, time-management, self-management, and record keeping. You will work within a team whilst maintaining boundaries and building professional relationships.
In addition to these transferable skills, you will develop your psychological literacy; this is your understanding of how psychological knowledge can be applied to real-world problems

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PY0543 -

Business Psychology (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module, you will learn how psychological research and theory can be applied to the behaviour of people in business contexts. The module will use knowledge of the human mind and behaviour as a basis to investigate fundamental organisational functions such as leadership, motivation and people development in the context of human resource management, finance, marketing, strategy, and use of technology.

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PY0544 -

Technology for Experiments (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn knowledge and skills to apply technology in order to design experiments, collect data through
measurements and analyse the collected data. You will learn about the measurement process and the underlying physics and technology used during
measurements so that you will understand the capabilities and limitations of the technology when you design experiments. You will also learn
about factors which can affect measurements and measurement equipment, aspects such as noise, sensors, amplification, filtering and data storage. The interfacing between various pieces of equipment will also be addressed with treatment of the various interconnection options.

You will learn how to use specific equipment such as eye trackers, software for generating and analysing measurements and programming of experiments using cognitive testing packages and programming in open source software for data acquisition and analyses.

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PY0546 -

Advanced Qualitative and Survey Methods and Lab Experience (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about the more common advanced qualitative research methodologies and associated analyses employed in psychological studies. You will also learn how to design psychometric survey instruments and the process this involves. The module aims to provide practical skills in research design and operationalisation, the analysis of data and the interpretation, evaluation and subsequent reporting of research findings. In addition, you will have the opportunity to apply these research skills to the core areas of social and developmental psychology and psychopathology.

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PY0547 -

Psychobiology, Cognition and Individual Differences (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the psychobiological basis of human behaviour, memory and cognition, and individual differences, covering conceptual and historical development of the area as well as contemporary literature and debates. You will apply basic concepts of biological psychology to complex human behaviours like drug addiction, stress and aggression. You will also learn about a range of theoretical and applied topics within cognition such as learning, memory, and attention, as well as memory disorders and applied cognitive research. In addition, the module will cover the nature and dynamics of intelligence, the reasons why people differ in intelligence and personality, and where individual differences in intelligence and personality originate.

These three perspectives will be contextualised through the use of case studies and/or expert opinion embedded into the lecture series which will form the basis for points of discussion in the lectures. Towards the revision stage of the module you will be provided with guidance on literature searching, critical thinking skills and essay writing skills.

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PY0548 -

Advanced Experimental Methods and Lab Experience (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about the more common advanced quantitative research methodologies and associated analyses employed in psychological experiments. The module aims to provide practical skills in research design and operationalisation, the analysis of data (using a computer package where appropriate), and the interpretation, evaluation and subsequent reporting of research findings. In addition, you will learn about research ethics, and have the opportunity to apply these research skills to the core areas of psychobiology, cognitive psychology and the study of individual differences.

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PY0549 -

Social and Developmental Psychology and Psychopathology (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about core theories and approaches used, and issues in social and developmental psychology and psychopathology. The relationship between psychopathology, society and development will be explored by focusing on context and culture. In addition you will learn about different methods and approaches used to investigate and report problems from a social, developmental and psychopathological perspective, and relate theory to practice by providing you with knowledge of different research techniques.

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PY0551 -

Psychology Study Abroad (Optional,60 Credits)

The Study Abroad module is single semester 60 credit (30 ECTS) module which is available on the BSc (Hons) Psychology Framework, in level 5 semester 1. You will undertake a semester abroad at a partner university equivalent to 60 UK credits. This gives you access to psychology modules taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. The course of study abroad will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). In order to ensure you meet the curriculum requirements for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS), you will be required to choose modules that allow you to study, and be assessed on your knowledge of, Psychobiology and Quantitative Research Methods, the remaining credits may be studied in any area of psychology. Your programme leader must see, and approve, the module descriptors of your chosen modules from the host institution.

Your study abroad semester will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. Therefore, it will not count towards your final degree classification but, if you pass, it is recognised in your transcript as a 60 credit Study Abroad Module. You will also receive a transcript of marks from your host university, showing the modules studied and marks awarded.

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PY0552 -

Research on Human Nature (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module we will examine the insights and research methods that are used within the fields of evolutionary psychology, human behavioural ecology, and anthropology, in order to understand human nature. We will look at the evolutionary pressures that have shaped the species, and how they might be apparent in our behaviour and cognition. Lecture topics covered include human evolution, biological adaptations, and evolved cognition, and their relationship to typical behaviours in contexts such as sexual partnerships and family networks. You will learn about some of the popular experimental and research techniques that are used in these fields, and gain practical expertise and experience in designing studies, creating stimuli, and collecting data. You will be taught some specific widely-used research methods, such as photographic and recording techniques, and the manipulation of photographic images and voice recordings.

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PY0553 -

Sleep and Health (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will explore the biological and psychological processes of sleep and circadian rhythms across the lifespan; and critically review the various theories that have been posited to explain sleep and circadian rhythms. You will discuss and evaluate methods of assessment of sleep, including subjective (questionnaires, sleep diaries, clinical interviews) and objective measures (such as actigraphy and polysomnography), as well as the methods of assessment, diagnosis and treatment (both pharmacological and non-pharmacological) of sleep disorders. You will consider the epidemiology of sleep as well as factors underlying inter-individual differences in sleep and circadian rhythms. You will discuss the effects of sleep deprivation in terms of physical, neurological, psychological, and social outcomes and explore the relationships between sleep and physical and psychological health. You will also be introduced to research protocols designed to examine the effects of experimentally induced sleepiness and you will explore the concept of sleep as a health behaviour, and consider how it impacts on quality of life, and how public policy aims to address this. Key studies in relation to sleep and wakefulness which have directed theory, research and clinical practice will be presented and you will discuss these.

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PY0555 -

The Psychology of Leadership (Optional,20 Credits)

This module will provide you with an understanding of psychological theory and research applied to leadership. The module will first cover an historical overview of psychological research applied to leadership. Research methods typically employed in the study of the psychology of leadership will then be introduced. The historical overview and research methods element of the module will then the set the scene for subsequent lectures, which will provide further insights into the contemporary psychology of leadership. Topics will include: traditional and contemporary leadership theory, methods, culture, groups and interactions, power and control, conflict, creativity, and future research directions.

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PY0566 -

Theoretical Frameworks in Sport and Exercise Psychology (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module, you will explore a range of topics to develop an accurate understanding of the nature, purpose and use of sport and exercise psychology in physical activity and sport performance environments. You will learn about people’s motivational orientation to participation and achievement, key psychological factors associated with improved performance, the challenges athletes face, and mindset for growth and development in sport. Questions such as ‘What are the major reasons children to participate in and drop out of sport?’, ‘What is the role of parental involvement in youth sport?’, and ‘How to apply effective coaching practices and behaviour modification programmes in sport?’ will be approached scientifically with reference to published research and theoretical frameworks. Discussions will examine the contribution made by sport and exercise psychology research to extant understanding of the factors causing one’s exercise and performance behaviour to fluctuate, the role coaches play in ensuring long-term athlete development, realities of burnout and overtraining in tandem with evidence-based psychological support that can be offered by sport psychology practitioners.

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PY0567 -

Plants, Diet and the Brain (Optional,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn about the effects of plants and plant compounds in our diet, plant-based drugs, and herbal extracts with potential therapeutic value. The human psychopharmacology of these plant derived chemicals will be covered including their effects and mechanisms of action. As such the module feeds into the ‘health’ pathway.
In terms of content, the module will cover basic nutrition; the impact of plant-based food on human health, cognition and mood; the psychotropic effects of drugs such as psilocybin (magic mushrooms) and cannabis, as well as their emerging therapeutic use; and the potential of herbal extracts such as sage and ginkgo biloba in the treatment of conditions such as dementia and anxiety. The psychopharmacology of these plant-based compounds will also be explored in terms of how they interact with human neurotransmitter systems.
This area of psychology is very dynamic and our knowledge is constantly expanding. As such, this module is heavily research-led with many individual research studies discussed in each lecture. This will assist you in developing a critical approach to evaluation of the literature and the methods employed.
At the end of the module you will understand what it is to be a biological psychologist and the main assignment is a real-world example of the kind of report you would compile if you decided to work in this area. This will draw together all that you have learned and allow you to demonstrate your understanding of how a good research project should be designed.

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PY0568 -

Lifestyle Interventions (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will be introduced to the scientific field of developing and evaluating lifestyle interventions. You will explore the role of a practitioner psychologist in planning, developing, evaluating and implementing both individual and public health related interventions. You will learn about systematic, theory-driven approaches to the development of lifestyle interventions. You will explore the key frameworks and methodologies currently used to evaluate lifestyle interventions and you will be encouraged to critically reflect on the strengths and weakness of the dominant approaches. This module will also provide you with opportunities to engage with specific methods of lifestyle interventions and reflect on the challenges involved in their application.
The module content is structured so that you will be introduced to lifestyle interventions before learning about the dominant theory-driven approaches to intervention design. You will then learn about the intervention development process and the role of existing evidence before learning how to evaluate interventions using a variety of evaluation methodologies (feasibility and pilot studies, RCTs and other evaluative designs). The MRC guidance for process evaluation of interventions will be examined along with the Behaviour Change intervention fidelity framework. Finally, you will examine the implementation of interventions in routine practice.

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Philosophy of Science (Optional,20 Credits)

You will learn how the empirical approach, as you know it in psychology and the broader sciences, came to be, and this will mean you going back in time to explore the history of certain philosophical movements. You will learn about philosophical movements such as logical positivism, as the embryo of the empirical method as we know it today, and will learn how movements such as rationalism and external skepticism, as alternatives to empiricism, call into question the way understand psychological and scientific research today. You will use this knowledge to probe classic debates throughout the history of science, and one of these debates, focusing on whether individual ethics rights are less valuable than collective group gain, taps into one key area of psychology as recognized by the British Psychological Society. You will learn to take empirical evidence from psychology and related sciences, and, by using regular in class debates and discussions, apply it to support your arguments and positions. You will learn, through the series of lectures, skills of critical thinking, reasoning, logic, and contemplation, and, through assessments, clear and effective communication.

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The Psychology of Hoarding Behaviours (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will be introduced to Hoarding Disorder (HD) and its clinical and non-clinical manifestations. You will explore the developmental, environmental and psychological characteristics associated with HD and critically evaluate the various theories accounting for HD. You will explore the differing therapeutic interventions and evaluate their clinical effectiveness. This module will also provide you with opportunities to engage with various professionals who routinely engage with individuals exhibiting HD in their working life, and reflect on the case studies that they will be describing. The module content is structured so that you will be introduced to HD, explore its key characteristics and then evaluate the various theories for its establishment and maintenance. This knowledge will then able you to better reflect on the case studies presented by professionals.

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Psychological Perspectives on Crime (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module, you will explore a range of topics to develop an understanding of the approaches to research and knowledge generation in forensic psychology. You will learn about Serial Killers, Sex Offenders, Psychological Profiling and Polygraphy, exploring questions such as ‘What makes a serial killer?’ and ‘What underlying factors drive the behaviour of sex offenders?’ These will be approached scientifically with reference to published research and theoretical frameworks. Discussions will examine the contribution made by forensic psychology research to our understanding of the causes, treatment and prevention of criminal behaviour in tandem with theoretical models, and cultural beliefs and practices.

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Investigative Psychology and the Criminal Justice System (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about the difference between interrogation and investigative interviewing and the impact this can have on victims, witnesses and suspects involved in a crime. You will also learn how vulnerable individuals are dealt with at this stage of the Criminal Justice System (CJS) and what safeguards they should be afforded. Controversial topics such as profiling and lie detection will be examined and you learn how psychological understanding has shaped what we know about these processes. You will be introduced to the criminal courts and learn about eyewitness testimony and jury-decision making. Psychological research will be explored to examine how this can be influenced.

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Student Tutoring (Optional,20 Credits)

You will learn how to be a tutor of students in schools or colleges. You will develop your skills in communicating effectively with children or young people. As part of this process you will learn how to evaluate your own learning of how to support these pupils’ learning over a series of lessons. You will be learning how to transmit your own enthusiasm for learning in a professional context to pupils within the schooling system. You will learn about the issues facing teachers and other professionals within the school, college or learning centre. Learning how to apply your existing skills and knowledge in a work related context will be an important focus of this module for you. Knowing how to determine which skills and knowledge are relevant, and make appropriate use of these in the work context, will be a major learning opportunity for you.

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Psychology Study Abroad Year (Optional,120 Credits)

The Study Abroad Year module is a full year 120 credit module which is available on degree courses which include a study abroad year which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a year abroad at a partner university equivalent to 120 UK credits. This gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. The course of study abroad will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). Your study abroad year will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, if you pass, it is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad Module and on your degree certificate in the following format – e.g. “BSc (Hon) Psychology (with Study Abroad Year)”.

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Unilang - Languages for All - Level 6 Placeholder (Optional,20 Credits)

The 20-credit yearlong Unilang modules (stages 1 – 5 depending on language) aim to encourage a positive attitude to language learning and to develop and practise the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing introducing the basic/increasingly complex grammatical structures and vocabulary of the spoken and written language (depending on stage) and developing your ability to respond appropriately in spoken and written form in simple and increasingly complex everyday situations.

These modules also introduce you to the country and the culture of the country. In doing this, Unilang modules are intended to encourage and support international mobility; to enhance employability at home and abroad; to improve communication skills in the foreign language and in English as well as cultural awareness.

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Hormones and Behaviour (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about the role of the neuroendocrine system in relation to behaviour and cognition in animals and humans. You will focus on the application of behavioural endocrinology and theory to the study of behaviour. Through the course of the module, you will explore how the endocrine system influences both physiology and behaviour in cognitive, social and clinical contexts.

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Organisational Psychology (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will develop an understanding of the application of psychology to organisations/workplaces. By drawing on psychological models, theory, research and evidence you will enhance your knowledge and understanding of behaviour in organisation. You will explore theory, concepts and application focusing on three levels: the individual employee, groups/teams and the organisational level. Topics covered include well-being in the workplace, recruitment and selection, and team working for example.

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Health Psychology (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about contemporary issues in Health Psychology. You will gain an insight into current research in Health Psychology and its applications. You will also gain an insight into the origins of Health Psychology and the ways in which these origins have influenced the discipline, as well as methods that are typically used in Health Psychology research. The module will also explore i) how personality and individual differences can influence physical health, ii) health promotion and techniques to modify health behaviours, iii) the interplay between stress and health, iv) health disparities and the physical health consequences of social deprivation, and v) the psychological causes and consequences of chronic physical illness.

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Advanced Statistics using SAS (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will be introduced to the SAS analysis environment in which you will learn how to carry out more advanced quantitative methods, and to be able to compare these methods with those that you are familiar with in SPSS. You will start with an introduction to the SAS environment and its scripting language including basic data handling, data manipulation, descriptive statistical analysis and graphing. Then you will learn how to carry out analyses such as ANOVA and regression, with which you should already be familiar from your second year experience with SPSS. Finally, new and advanced analysis methods will be introduced and you will learn how to conduct, interpret and report these using the SAS environment.

You will learn how to communicate the results in the conventional manner and with due regard for the audience, and draw appropriate conclusions. You will also learn how to reflect critically on the use of such methods by yourselves and others.

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Psychology Placement (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will gain experience and knowledge of working in a psychology-related placement, for a minimum of 70 hours. You will develop transferable skills, such as knowledge of confidentiality, data protection, communication, problem-solving, group work, time-management, self-management, and record keeping. You will work within a team whilst maintaining boundaries and building professional relationships.
In addition to these transferable skills, you will develop your psychological literacy; this is your understanding of how psychological knowledge can be applied to real-world problems

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Consumer Psychology (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will examine the behaviour of consumers from a scientific perspective and analyse the various strategies utilised by advertisers and marketing and retail outlets to increase sales of consumer goods. The focus of the module will be on the application of psychological research and theory to the context of consumer behaviour. Through the course of the module, you will explore how cognitive, social and other psychological processes shape consumer behaviour. You will also investigate the ways in which marketing strategies are designed to capitalise on such influences.

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Research Internship (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will gain experience and knowledge of working as a psychological research intern, for a minimum of 70 hours. You will develop transferable skills, such as knowledge of confidentiality, data protection, communication, problem-solving, group work, time-management, self-management, and record keeping.

In addition to these transferable skills, you will develop your research skills and psychological literacy; this is your understanding of how psychological knowledge learned elsewhere on the course can be applied to real-world problems

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Neuropsychology and Cognitive Science (Core,20 Credits)

The module is designed to introduce you to theory and empirical research into the study of neuropsychology and advanced cognitive science.

You will learn how traditional behavioural methods and neuroscience methodologies can be used in tandem to explore key issues and concepts . You will learn to consider and evaluate theory and develop an understanding of the strength and weaknesses of a variety of methodologies. Importantly, you will explore and develop knowledge related to the application of neuropsychological and cognitive research to a range of psychological processes.

For the neuropsychology component the module will sample from the following topics: neuroimaging, face and object recognition, emotion processing, hemispheric lateralisation, attention deficits, language disorders and developmental neuropsychology. For the cognitive component the module will sample from the following topics: methods of studying cognition, language learning andcomprehension, social cognition, concepts and categorisation, reasoning, decision making, cognitive modelling and musical cognition.

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Mental Health Difficulties and Therapeutic Approaches (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will develop a critical understanding of the theoretical underpinning, research base and effectiveness of a range of mental health and psychological difficulties along with associated treatment and therapeutic approaches. In addition you will learn about, discuss and evaluate the diagnostic factors, aetiology, prognosis and factors influencing the outcome of several mental health difficulties, including anxiety, personality, mood and thought disorders. You will explore the conceptual and historical issues surrounding the topic of mental health and how the field has changed over time, and learn how to discuss and evaluate studies that have had a particular impact on the direction of theory, research and therapeutic applications.

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Psychology Project (Core,40 Credits)

On this module you will individually conceptualise, plan and execute an original piece of research. You will, through reading, understanding and critically appraising relevant psychological literature, formulate and operationalise a research question, and select and implement research methodologies and statistical techniques appropriate for answering your research question. You will also have the opportunity to disseminate your research findings via presentation at an undergraduate conference. You will, as part of applying for ethical approval for your proposed research, consider relevant ethical issues associated with your research, and you will highlight ways of addressing these issues. The module will allow you to develop a range of generic skills such as effective use of computers (i.e., for data entry, analysis and word processing), effective oral and written communication skills, evidence-based reasoning and problem solving, self-management and time keeping, as well as liaising and engaging in dialogue with other people related to your research (e.g., your supervisor and, where necessary, outside organisations).

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Psychology of Intimacy (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about a broad range of research perspectives on the processes and psychological factors involved in the study of love, sex and sexuality. The initiation, process and dissolution of intimate relationships are introduced and models of ‘normal’, ‘flourishing’ and ‘dysfunctional’ relationship behaviour will be reviewed. The module introduces a life span perspective on sex and sexuality, considers gender and expression of sexuality, psychosexual dysfunction and treatment and reproductive psychology. The module incorporates theoretical perspectives from individual differences, biopsychophysiological, psychoanalytic, evolutionary, social and clinical psychological perspectives.

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Mental Health Problems and Crime (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module, you will examine the association of mental health problems with criminal behaviour. As part of this module, you will be introduced to a diverse range to topics within the field of mental health and crime. You will explore research assessing the association of mental health problems with criminal behaviour. You will also discuss the efficacy of interventions that aim to prevent people with mental health problems from engaging in crime. As part of this module, you will be introduced to key debates within this field. Moreover, this will be discussed from a clinical and forensic perspective. Therefore, this module will incorporate elements of both clinical and forensic psychology.

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eHealth (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module, you will learn about the ways in which digital resources including webs services, apps and wearable technologies are supporting health and wellbeing from children through to older adults. The focus of the module will be on the application of psychological research and theory to eHealth examining processes such as trust, privacy, disclosure and stigma within the context of both physical and mental health. Through the course of the module, you will explore how individual and social processes shape interaction with eHealth resources, and, you will examine theoretical approaches to health interventions alongside practical applications.

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Expertise (Optional,20 Credits)

Expertise is a fascinating topic because understanding the ways in which experts achieve their incredible feats would satisfy our curiosity. Studying experts also provides a chance to gain insight into the functioning of the human brain at its best, which could possibly help us prepare better training programs for future experts. The module is a mixture of sport, cognitive, and neuro sciences. The topics covered include outstanding performance in sports (e.g. tennis, football, basketball), board games (e.g. chess, Go), real-life specialized skill (e.g. medicine, fingerprint expertise), and other activities, such as memorizing large amounts of any kind of material. The basis are cognitive processes (memory, attention, perception) and the way the brain accommodates these cognitive process. More generally, you will learn about the history of the research on outstanding performance, typical paradigms, common techniques employed with hands on examples through workshops, as well as theoretical links with common training programmes/interventions.

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Mental Health, Cognition, and the Brain (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will be introduced to applying knowledge about the brain and cognition to mental health. You will understand how normal cognitive processes can be used to understand mental health and dementias. It will provide you with an insight into the application of skills clinical psychologists use during case conceptualisation and devising interventions, including deepening your understanding of symptoms, the potential mechanisms which underpin them and how compromised cognitive capacities constrain day-to-day life. Through lecture material and workshops, you will be exposed to examples of research methods used to investigate the relationship between cognition and mental health including functional and structural imaging, cognitive task design and real-world data capture. You will be able to highlight gaps and critically reflect on the strengths and weakness of current approaches.
You will examine elements of cognition within the context of mental health and substance use disorders as well as some dementias to appreciate what happens as cognition “breaks-down”. Examples will be included from mental health disorders, dementias and substance use disorders including alcohol use, misuse and abuse. You will be able to define cognitive processes evident in mental health, and how they relate to the brain. You will recognize the inherent strengths in an interdisciplinary approach to apply cognitive knowledge to increase your understanding of mental health. Appreciating mental health across different levels of biological/cognitive representation will deepen your knowledge of symptoms and how they might impinge upon day-to-day life. Through active learning, you will develop and apply your research skills within clinical psychology discipline and gain skills in communication for a variety of audiences.

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Working in and with the Criminal Justice System (Optional,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn how research in forensic psychology is applied in practice.
You will understand how research impacts professional practice, including working with offenders and survivors in a range of contexts (e.g., prison, probation). You will also recognise the wide variety of careers within the Criminal Justice System. Discussions will examine the contribution made by forensic psychology research to the criminal justice system and cultural beliefs/practices.

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Psychology for Optimising Sport Performance (Optional,20 Credits)

In this module you will examine a number of factors known to influence individual and group behaviour in sport and performance psychology. You will explore the scope and methods typically used in this discipline and critically evaluate approaches and theories which have had an impact on the direction of research and applications. You will consider the effects of social processes, the presence of audiences, and performing at ‘away’ venues, as well as whether individual differences can predict sports performance. You will debate cognitive and emotional effects of competition, and you will evaluate methods for optimising performance such as relaxation training, systematic desensitisation, imagery and self-talk.

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

JC5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Psychology (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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Introduction to Psychology (Core,20 Credits)

This module will introduce you to four key perspectives of psychology: social, biological, developmental and cognitive psychology.
In the social component you will learn how we navigate through our social world. This will include theories relating to impression formation, persuasion, and social influence. These theories will be exemplified with real-world examples to help demonstrate their practical implications.
The biological psychology component will introduce you to the key biological processes, for example, genetics, nervous, hormone and neurotransmitter systems that underpin psychology and behaviour. You will also learn about conditions that can occur when these how biological processes become faulty.
In the developmental psychology component you will learn how people develop across their lifetime. This component will discuss theories relating to attachment, intelligence, and developmental disorders and psychopathology. You will be provided with real-world examples to help you develop your understanding of how these theories can be applied.
The cognitive component will discuss key topics in this area, including memory, language, and perception. You will learn the basic aspects of cognition that are used in everyday life. You will also learn about psychological conditions associated with cognitive processes.

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Psychological Research Methodologies (Core,20 Credits)

This module will provide you with an introduction to quantitative data analysis, i.e. statistics. You will gain an understanding of fundamental concepts and principles in statistics. These include levels of measurement; standardised effect size measures; sample distributions, standard errors and confidence intervals; and statistical significance testing and the problems it causes.

In addition to basic principles, you will learn about a range of frequently used techniques for data analysis using the programmes SPSS and ESCII. For each of the techniques you will learn to identify when it is suitable to use; how to run the analysis; how to report its results to experts and lay people; and how to use these result to inform your critical judgement about your own research and that of others. The techniques you will learn about include descriptive statistics; the estimation of standardised effect sizes; t-tests and their non-parametric alternatives; chi2 to analyse proportions; meta-analysis; correlation; linear regression; and ANOVA.

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Qualitative Psychological Laboratory Experience and Skills (Core,20 Credits)

The module is designed to introduce you to the basic principles of qualitative research skills.

On this module you willl learn about qualitative research methodologies, written and verbal communication skills and other transferrable skills within Psychology. You will plan, conduct and report qualitative research studies in both formative and summative assessments. In addition, you will learn about research ethics, good practice in research and demonstrate a range of transferrable skills including communication skills and an understanding of the role of teamwork.

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Quantitative Psychological Laboratory Experience and Skills (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will work in groups and individually to learn how to design, conduct and report psychological research using quantitative methodologies. Individually, you will engage in the research process as both a ‘researcher’ and ‘participant’. You will learn how to handle data and present research findings, including the use of tables and figures, in scientific reports and oral presentations. You will discuss and evaluate ethical considerations in psychological research and learn how to write ethics documents in accordance with current conventions.

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Personality and Health Psychology (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about the basic principles involved in the study, investigation and explanation of personality and health psychology.

You will be introduced to the major theories and models of personality and health psychology. You will learn about the core issues and debates involved in the study of personality and health psychology through the understanding of the historical and contemporary development of the concepts and an evaluation of theories.

You will explore methods of measuring personality and problems you might encounter in doing so. You will also explore the relationship between society and health by focusing on health promotion campaigns, doctor-patient communication, social class, gender, culture, and lifespan issues.

In workshop discussions you will develop communication skills and begin to understand the role of teamwork.

You will also learn how knowledge of personality can be used and applied in the real world by health, clinical, occupational and forensic professionals. From this you will begin to be aware of and develop career interests. Similarly, as you begin to understand the role of health promotion campaigns the module will provide you with insight into real world career opportunities.

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An Introduction to Mental Health (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about the study and practice of clinical psychology, including mental health and mental illness. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) is the most well known approach to classification of mental disorders. This manual will form the basis of the module. You will be introduced to a case study film clip each week illustrating the clinical presentation of a mental disorder ‘cluster’. A lecture will introduce the diagnostic criteria and basic aetiology and treatment protocol for each disorder. Workshop sessions will give you the opportunity to explore how theory may relate to practice and reflect on issues surrounding practice as a clinical psychologist.
The module will result in a broad debate around notions of mental illness and ‘clinical’ psychology. On completion of the module you will be able to demonstrate conceptual knowledge of theories of mental illnesses and the treatment of illnesses included in the DSM. You will also be able to demonstrate knowledge of the symptoms, epidemiology, aetiology and treatment of the disorders introduced in the lectures.

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ML5001 -

Unilang - Languages for all - Level 5 Placeholder (Optional,20 Credits)

The 20-credit yearlong Unilang modules (stages 1 – 5 depending on language) aim to encourage a positive attitude to language learning and to develop and practise the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing introducing the basic/increasingly complex grammatical structures and vocabulary of the spoken and written language (depending on stage) and developing your ability to respond appropriately in the foreign language in spoken and written form in simple and increasingly complex everyday situations.

These modules also introduce you to the country and the culture of the country. In doing this, Unilang modules are intended to encourage and support international mobility; to enhance employability at home and abroad; to improve communication skills in the foreign language as well as English; to improve cultural awareness and, at the higher stages, to encourage access to foreign sources.

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Eating Disorders (Optional,20 Credits)

This module will provide you with an understanding of the main clinical and epidemiological features of the eating disorders as classified in DSM V. You will learn about clinical management, as well as understanding of the variation of body image attitudes and perception and eating habits in normal healthy population.

The module covers topics such as; the clinical presentation of eating disorders, classification, diagnosis, and assessment of eating disorders, the role of dieting, the effect of culture, the physiology of appetite and obesity, body image distortion, eating disorders in children and men, and the treatment of eating disorders.

The module draws on many areas of psychology. Predisposing and precipitating factors for eating disorders are examined by considering empirical evidence from the biological, psychological, behavioural and socio-cultural domains. Specific risk factors explored include genetics, personality factors, cognitive factors and environmental factors, including the family, peer-group relations, adverse life experiences. The role of dieting and the effect of culture (including media) amongst some other things are explored as triggers.

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Parapsychology (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will explore the scientific study of paranormal experiences. You will learn about the historical context for parapsychological enquiry and analyse the various theories providing explanations for paranormal belief. The focus of the module will be on the application of psychological research and theory to the context of anomalous experiences and beliefs.

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Positive Psychology (Optional,20 Credits)

The module is designed to introduce you to the basic principles regarding the study, investigation and explanation of optimal human functioning and well-being.

On this module you will be introduced to theories and models of well-being within the context of positive psychology. You will learn about the core issues involved in the study of well-being through the understanding of the historical and contemporary development of the concepts and an evaluation of theories.

Methods of measuring well-being and happiness and the challenges associated with this will be explored.

Strategies for increasing positive emotions, engagement, positive relationships, meaning in life, and accomplishment will be explored by focusing on empirical validation of interventions and exercises to try out in the context of your day-to-day life.

Through workshop discussions and formative group exercises you will develop communication skills and begin to understand the role of teamwork.

Through your understanding of applications of positive psychology interventions to the real world, such as by clinical psychology professionals, you will begin to be aware of career interests. Similarly, by critically evaluating research in the field of positive psychology you will begin to develop your skills for real world career opportunities.

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The Creative Mind (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will explore the theory and empirical research into the creative mind. The module will first cover an historical perspective of creativity research and highlight how early conceptualisations of creativity (e.g. evolutionary accounts) provided the groundwork for research examining the importance of creativity to the human experience. Research methods typically employed in the study of creativity will then be introduced. You will learn how traditional psychometric studies and new developments in the neurosciences can be used in tandem to examine this difficult to measure concept.

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Psychology Placement (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will gain experience and knowledge of working in a psychology-related placement, for a minimum of 70 hours. You will develop transferable skills, such as knowledge of confidentiality, data protection, communication, problem-solving, group work, time-management, self-management, and record keeping. You will work within a team whilst maintaining boundaries and building professional relationships.
In addition to these transferable skills, you will develop your psychological literacy; this is your understanding of how psychological knowledge can be applied to real-world problems

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Business Psychology (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module, you will learn how psychological research and theory can be applied to the behaviour of people in business contexts. The module will use knowledge of the human mind and behaviour as a basis to investigate fundamental organisational functions such as leadership, motivation and people development in the context of human resource management, finance, marketing, strategy, and use of technology.

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Technology for Experiments (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn knowledge and skills to apply technology in order to design experiments, collect data through
measurements and analyse the collected data. You will learn about the measurement process and the underlying physics and technology used during
measurements so that you will understand the capabilities and limitations of the technology when you design experiments. You will also learn
about factors which can affect measurements and measurement equipment, aspects such as noise, sensors, amplification, filtering and data storage. The interfacing between various pieces of equipment will also be addressed with treatment of the various interconnection options.

You will learn how to use specific equipment such as eye trackers, software for generating and analysing measurements and programming of experiments using cognitive testing packages and programming in open source software for data acquisition and analyses.

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Advanced Qualitative and Survey Methods and Lab Experience (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about the more common advanced qualitative research methodologies and associated analyses employed in psychological studies. You will also learn how to design psychometric survey instruments and the process this involves. The module aims to provide practical skills in research design and operationalisation, the analysis of data and the interpretation, evaluation and subsequent reporting of research findings. In addition, you will have the opportunity to apply these research skills to the core areas of social and developmental psychology and psychopathology.

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Psychobiology, Cognition and Individual Differences (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the psychobiological basis of human behaviour, memory and cognition, and individual differences, covering conceptual and historical development of the area as well as contemporary literature and debates. You will apply basic concepts of biological psychology to complex human behaviours like drug addiction, stress and aggression. You will also learn about a range of theoretical and applied topics within cognition such as learning, memory, and attention, as well as memory disorders and applied cognitive research. In addition, the module will cover the nature and dynamics of intelligence, the reasons why people differ in intelligence and personality, and where individual differences in intelligence and personality originate.

These three perspectives will be contextualised through the use of case studies and/or expert opinion embedded into the lecture series which will form the basis for points of discussion in the lectures. Towards the revision stage of the module you will be provided with guidance on literature searching, critical thinking skills and essay writing skills.

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Advanced Experimental Methods and Lab Experience (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about the more common advanced quantitative research methodologies and associated analyses employed in psychological experiments. The module aims to provide practical skills in research design and operationalisation, the analysis of data (using a computer package where appropriate), and the interpretation, evaluation and subsequent reporting of research findings. In addition, you will learn about research ethics, and have the opportunity to apply these research skills to the core areas of psychobiology, cognitive psychology and the study of individual differences.

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Social and Developmental Psychology and Psychopathology (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about core theories and approaches used, and issues in social and developmental psychology and psychopathology. The relationship between psychopathology, society and development will be explored by focusing on context and culture. In addition you will learn about different methods and approaches used to investigate and report problems from a social, developmental and psychopathological perspective, and relate theory to practice by providing you with knowledge of different research techniques.

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Psychology Study Abroad (Optional,60 Credits)

The Study Abroad module is single semester 60 credit (30 ECTS) module which is available on the BSc (Hons) Psychology Framework, in level 5 semester 1. You will undertake a semester abroad at a partner university equivalent to 60 UK credits. This gives you access to psychology modules taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. The course of study abroad will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). In order to ensure you meet the curriculum requirements for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS), you will be required to choose modules that allow you to study, and be assessed on your knowledge of, Psychobiology and Quantitative Research Methods, the remaining credits may be studied in any area of psychology. Your programme leader must see, and approve, the module descriptors of your chosen modules from the host institution.

Your study abroad semester will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. Therefore, it will not count towards your final degree classification but, if you pass, it is recognised in your transcript as a 60 credit Study Abroad Module. You will also receive a transcript of marks from your host university, showing the modules studied and marks awarded.

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Research on Human Nature (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module we will examine the insights and research methods that are used within the fields of evolutionary psychology, human behavioural ecology, and anthropology, in order to understand human nature. We will look at the evolutionary pressures that have shaped the species, and how they might be apparent in our behaviour and cognition. Lecture topics covered include human evolution, biological adaptations, and evolved cognition, and their relationship to typical behaviours in contexts such as sexual partnerships and family networks. You will learn about some of the popular experimental and research techniques that are used in these fields, and gain practical expertise and experience in designing studies, creating stimuli, and collecting data. You will be taught some specific widely-used research methods, such as photographic and recording techniques, and the manipulation of photographic images and voice recordings.

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Sleep and Health (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will explore the biological and psychological processes of sleep and circadian rhythms across the lifespan; and critically review the various theories that have been posited to explain sleep and circadian rhythms. You will discuss and evaluate methods of assessment of sleep, including subjective (questionnaires, sleep diaries, clinical interviews) and objective measures (such as actigraphy and polysomnography), as well as the methods of assessment, diagnosis and treatment (both pharmacological and non-pharmacological) of sleep disorders. You will consider the epidemiology of sleep as well as factors underlying inter-individual differences in sleep and circadian rhythms. You will discuss the effects of sleep deprivation in terms of physical, neurological, psychological, and social outcomes and explore the relationships between sleep and physical and psychological health. You will also be introduced to research protocols designed to examine the effects of experimentally induced sleepiness and you will explore the concept of sleep as a health behaviour, and consider how it impacts on quality of life, and how public policy aims to address this. Key studies in relation to sleep and wakefulness which have directed theory, research and clinical practice will be presented and you will discuss these.

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The Psychology of Leadership (Optional,20 Credits)

This module will provide you with an understanding of psychological theory and research applied to leadership. The module will first cover an historical overview of psychological research applied to leadership. Research methods typically employed in the study of the psychology of leadership will then be introduced. The historical overview and research methods element of the module will then the set the scene for subsequent lectures, which will provide further insights into the contemporary psychology of leadership. Topics will include: traditional and contemporary leadership theory, methods, culture, groups and interactions, power and control, conflict, creativity, and future research directions.

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Theoretical Frameworks in Sport and Exercise Psychology (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module, you will explore a range of topics to develop an accurate understanding of the nature, purpose and use of sport and exercise psychology in physical activity and sport performance environments. You will learn about people’s motivational orientation to participation and achievement, key psychological factors associated with improved performance, the challenges athletes face, and mindset for growth and development in sport. Questions such as ‘What are the major reasons children to participate in and drop out of sport?’, ‘What is the role of parental involvement in youth sport?’, and ‘How to apply effective coaching practices and behaviour modification programmes in sport?’ will be approached scientifically with reference to published research and theoretical frameworks. Discussions will examine the contribution made by sport and exercise psychology research to extant understanding of the factors causing one’s exercise and performance behaviour to fluctuate, the role coaches play in ensuring long-term athlete development, realities of burnout and overtraining in tandem with evidence-based psychological support that can be offered by sport psychology practitioners.

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Plants, Diet and the Brain (Optional,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn about the effects of plants and plant compounds in our diet, plant-based drugs, and herbal extracts with potential therapeutic value. The human psychopharmacology of these plant derived chemicals will be covered including their effects and mechanisms of action. As such the module feeds into the ‘health’ pathway.
In terms of content, the module will cover basic nutrition; the impact of plant-based food on human health, cognition and mood; the psychotropic effects of drugs such as psilocybin (magic mushrooms) and cannabis, as well as their emerging therapeutic use; and the potential of herbal extracts such as sage and ginkgo biloba in the treatment of conditions such as dementia and anxiety. The psychopharmacology of these plant-based compounds will also be explored in terms of how they interact with human neurotransmitter systems.
This area of psychology is very dynamic and our knowledge is constantly expanding. As such, this module is heavily research-led with many individual research studies discussed in each lecture. This will assist you in developing a critical approach to evaluation of the literature and the methods employed.
At the end of the module you will understand what it is to be a biological psychologist and the main assignment is a real-world example of the kind of report you would compile if you decided to work in this area. This will draw together all that you have learned and allow you to demonstrate your understanding of how a good research project should be designed.

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Lifestyle Interventions (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will be introduced to the scientific field of developing and evaluating lifestyle interventions. You will explore the role of a practitioner psychologist in planning, developing, evaluating and implementing both individual and public health related interventions. You will learn about systematic, theory-driven approaches to the development of lifestyle interventions. You will explore the key frameworks and methodologies currently used to evaluate lifestyle interventions and you will be encouraged to critically reflect on the strengths and weakness of the dominant approaches. This module will also provide you with opportunities to engage with specific methods of lifestyle interventions and reflect on the challenges involved in their application.
The module content is structured so that you will be introduced to lifestyle interventions before learning about the dominant theory-driven approaches to intervention design. You will then learn about the intervention development process and the role of existing evidence before learning how to evaluate interventions using a variety of evaluation methodologies (feasibility and pilot studies, RCTs and other evaluative designs). The MRC guidance for process evaluation of interventions will be examined along with the Behaviour Change intervention fidelity framework. Finally, you will examine the implementation of interventions in routine practice.

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Philosophy of Science (Optional,20 Credits)

You will learn how the empirical approach, as you know it in psychology and the broader sciences, came to be, and this will mean you going back in time to explore the history of certain philosophical movements. You will learn about philosophical movements such as logical positivism, as the embryo of the empirical method as we know it today, and will learn how movements such as rationalism and external skepticism, as alternatives to empiricism, call into question the way understand psychological and scientific research today. You will use this knowledge to probe classic debates throughout the history of science, and one of these debates, focusing on whether individual ethics rights are less valuable than collective group gain, taps into one key area of psychology as recognized by the British Psychological Society. You will learn to take empirical evidence from psychology and related sciences, and, by using regular in class debates and discussions, apply it to support your arguments and positions. You will learn, through the series of lectures, skills of critical thinking, reasoning, logic, and contemplation, and, through assessments, clear and effective communication.

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PY0571 -

The Psychology of Hoarding Behaviours (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will be introduced to Hoarding Disorder (HD) and its clinical and non-clinical manifestations. You will explore the developmental, environmental and psychological characteristics associated with HD and critically evaluate the various theories accounting for HD. You will explore the differing therapeutic interventions and evaluate their clinical effectiveness. This module will also provide you with opportunities to engage with various professionals who routinely engage with individuals exhibiting HD in their working life, and reflect on the case studies that they will be describing. The module content is structured so that you will be introduced to HD, explore its key characteristics and then evaluate the various theories for its establishment and maintenance. This knowledge will then able you to better reflect on the case studies presented by professionals.

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Psychological Perspectives on Crime (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module, you will explore a range of topics to develop an understanding of the approaches to research and knowledge generation in forensic psychology. You will learn about Serial Killers, Sex Offenders, Psychological Profiling and Polygraphy, exploring questions such as ‘What makes a serial killer?’ and ‘What underlying factors drive the behaviour of sex offenders?’ These will be approached scientifically with reference to published research and theoretical frameworks. Discussions will examine the contribution made by forensic psychology research to our understanding of the causes, treatment and prevention of criminal behaviour in tandem with theoretical models, and cultural beliefs and practices.

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Investigative Psychology and the Criminal Justice System (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about the difference between interrogation and investigative interviewing and the impact this can have on victims, witnesses and suspects involved in a crime. You will also learn how vulnerable individuals are dealt with at this stage of the Criminal Justice System (CJS) and what safeguards they should be afforded. Controversial topics such as profiling and lie detection will be examined and you learn how psychological understanding has shaped what we know about these processes. You will be introduced to the criminal courts and learn about eyewitness testimony and jury-decision making. Psychological research will be explored to examine how this can be influenced.

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Student Tutoring (Optional,20 Credits)

You will learn how to be a tutor of students in schools or colleges. You will develop your skills in communicating effectively with children or young people. As part of this process you will learn how to evaluate your own learning of how to support these pupils’ learning over a series of lessons. You will be learning how to transmit your own enthusiasm for learning in a professional context to pupils within the schooling system. You will learn about the issues facing teachers and other professionals within the school, college or learning centre. Learning how to apply your existing skills and knowledge in a work related context will be an important focus of this module for you. Knowing how to determine which skills and knowledge are relevant, and make appropriate use of these in the work context, will be a major learning opportunity for you.

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PY0550 -

Psychology Study Abroad Year (Optional,120 Credits)

The Study Abroad Year module is a full year 120 credit module which is available on degree courses which include a study abroad year which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a year abroad at a partner university equivalent to 120 UK credits. This gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. The course of study abroad will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). Your study abroad year will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, if you pass, it is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad Module and on your degree certificate in the following format – e.g. “BSc (Hon) Psychology (with Study Abroad Year)”.

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Unilang - Languages for All - Level 6 Placeholder (Optional,20 Credits)

The 20-credit yearlong Unilang modules (stages 1 – 5 depending on language) aim to encourage a positive attitude to language learning and to develop and practise the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing introducing the basic/increasingly complex grammatical structures and vocabulary of the spoken and written language (depending on stage) and developing your ability to respond appropriately in spoken and written form in simple and increasingly complex everyday situations.

These modules also introduce you to the country and the culture of the country. In doing this, Unilang modules are intended to encourage and support international mobility; to enhance employability at home and abroad; to improve communication skills in the foreign language and in English as well as cultural awareness.

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Hormones and Behaviour (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about the role of the neuroendocrine system in relation to behaviour and cognition in animals and humans. You will focus on the application of behavioural endocrinology and theory to the study of behaviour. Through the course of the module, you will explore how the endocrine system influences both physiology and behaviour in cognitive, social and clinical contexts.

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Organisational Psychology (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will develop an understanding of the application of psychology to organisations/workplaces. By drawing on psychological models, theory, research and evidence you will enhance your knowledge and understanding of behaviour in organisation. You will explore theory, concepts and application focusing on three levels: the individual employee, groups/teams and the organisational level. Topics covered include well-being in the workplace, recruitment and selection, and team working for example.

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Health Psychology (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about contemporary issues in Health Psychology. You will gain an insight into current research in Health Psychology and its applications. You will also gain an insight into the origins of Health Psychology and the ways in which these origins have influenced the discipline, as well as methods that are typically used in Health Psychology research. The module will also explore i) how personality and individual differences can influence physical health, ii) health promotion and techniques to modify health behaviours, iii) the interplay between stress and health, iv) health disparities and the physical health consequences of social deprivation, and v) the psychological causes and consequences of chronic physical illness.

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PY0656 -

Advanced Statistics using SAS (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will be introduced to the SAS analysis environment in which you will learn how to carry out more advanced quantitative methods, and to be able to compare these methods with those that you are familiar with in SPSS. You will start with an introduction to the SAS environment and its scripting language including basic data handling, data manipulation, descriptive statistical analysis and graphing. Then you will learn how to carry out analyses such as ANOVA and regression, with which you should already be familiar from your second year experience with SPSS. Finally, new and advanced analysis methods will be introduced and you will learn how to conduct, interpret and report these using the SAS environment.

You will learn how to communicate the results in the conventional manner and with due regard for the audience, and draw appropriate conclusions. You will also learn how to reflect critically on the use of such methods by yourselves and others.

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PY0657 -

Psychology Placement (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will gain experience and knowledge of working in a psychology-related placement, for a minimum of 70 hours. You will develop transferable skills, such as knowledge of confidentiality, data protection, communication, problem-solving, group work, time-management, self-management, and record keeping. You will work within a team whilst maintaining boundaries and building professional relationships.
In addition to these transferable skills, you will develop your psychological literacy; this is your understanding of how psychological knowledge can be applied to real-world problems

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PY0659 -

Consumer Psychology (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will examine the behaviour of consumers from a scientific perspective and analyse the various strategies utilised by advertisers and marketing and retail outlets to increase sales of consumer goods. The focus of the module will be on the application of psychological research and theory to the context of consumer behaviour. Through the course of the module, you will explore how cognitive, social and other psychological processes shape consumer behaviour. You will also investigate the ways in which marketing strategies are designed to capitalise on such influences.

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PY0660 -

Research Internship (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will gain experience and knowledge of working as a psychological research intern, for a minimum of 70 hours. You will develop transferable skills, such as knowledge of confidentiality, data protection, communication, problem-solving, group work, time-management, self-management, and record keeping.

In addition to these transferable skills, you will develop your research skills and psychological literacy; this is your understanding of how psychological knowledge learned elsewhere on the course can be applied to real-world problems

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Neuropsychology and Cognitive Science (Core,20 Credits)

The module is designed to introduce you to theory and empirical research into the study of neuropsychology and advanced cognitive science.

You will learn how traditional behavioural methods and neuroscience methodologies can be used in tandem to explore key issues and concepts . You will learn to consider and evaluate theory and develop an understanding of the strength and weaknesses of a variety of methodologies. Importantly, you will explore and develop knowledge related to the application of neuropsychological and cognitive research to a range of psychological processes.

For the neuropsychology component the module will sample from the following topics: neuroimaging, face and object recognition, emotion processing, hemispheric lateralisation, attention deficits, language disorders and developmental neuropsychology. For the cognitive component the module will sample from the following topics: methods of studying cognition, language learning andcomprehension, social cognition, concepts and categorisation, reasoning, decision making, cognitive modelling and musical cognition.

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PY0662 -

Mental Health Difficulties and Therapeutic Approaches (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will develop a critical understanding of the theoretical underpinning, research base and effectiveness of a range of mental health and psychological difficulties along with associated treatment and therapeutic approaches. In addition you will learn about, discuss and evaluate the diagnostic factors, aetiology, prognosis and factors influencing the outcome of several mental health difficulties, including anxiety, personality, mood and thought disorders. You will explore the conceptual and historical issues surrounding the topic of mental health and how the field has changed over time, and learn how to discuss and evaluate studies that have had a particular impact on the direction of theory, research and therapeutic applications.

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Psychology Project (Core,40 Credits)

On this module you will individually conceptualise, plan and execute an original piece of research. You will, through reading, understanding and critically appraising relevant psychological literature, formulate and operationalise a research question, and select and implement research methodologies and statistical techniques appropriate for answering your research question. You will also have the opportunity to disseminate your research findings via presentation at an undergraduate conference. You will, as part of applying for ethical approval for your proposed research, consider relevant ethical issues associated with your research, and you will highlight ways of addressing these issues. The module will allow you to develop a range of generic skills such as effective use of computers (i.e., for data entry, analysis and word processing), effective oral and written communication skills, evidence-based reasoning and problem solving, self-management and time keeping, as well as liaising and engaging in dialogue with other people related to your research (e.g., your supervisor and, where necessary, outside organisations).

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PY0664 -

Psychology of Intimacy (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about a broad range of research perspectives on the processes and psychological factors involved in the study of love, sex and sexuality. The initiation, process and dissolution of intimate relationships are introduced and models of ‘normal’, ‘flourishing’ and ‘dysfunctional’ relationship behaviour will be reviewed. The module introduces a life span perspective on sex and sexuality, considers gender and expression of sexuality, psychosexual dysfunction and treatment and reproductive psychology. The module incorporates theoretical perspectives from individual differences, biopsychophysiological, psychoanalytic, evolutionary, social and clinical psychological perspectives.

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Mental Health Problems and Crime (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module, you will examine the association of mental health problems with criminal behaviour. As part of this module, you will be introduced to a diverse range to topics within the field of mental health and crime. You will explore research assessing the association of mental health problems with criminal behaviour. You will also discuss the efficacy of interventions that aim to prevent people with mental health problems from engaging in crime. As part of this module, you will be introduced to key debates within this field. Moreover, this will be discussed from a clinical and forensic perspective. Therefore, this module will incorporate elements of both clinical and forensic psychology.

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eHealth (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module, you will learn about the ways in which digital resources including webs services, apps and wearable technologies are supporting health and wellbeing from children through to older adults. The focus of the module will be on the application of psychological research and theory to eHealth examining processes such as trust, privacy, disclosure and stigma within the context of both physical and mental health. Through the course of the module, you will explore how individual and social processes shape interaction with eHealth resources, and, you will examine theoretical approaches to health interventions alongside practical applications.

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PY0675 -

Expertise (Optional,20 Credits)

Expertise is a fascinating topic because understanding the ways in which experts achieve their incredible feats would satisfy our curiosity. Studying experts also provides a chance to gain insight into the functioning of the human brain at its best, which could possibly help us prepare better training programs for future experts. The module is a mixture of sport, cognitive, and neuro sciences. The topics covered include outstanding performance in sports (e.g. tennis, football, basketball), board games (e.g. chess, Go), real-life specialized skill (e.g. medicine, fingerprint expertise), and other activities, such as memorizing large amounts of any kind of material. The basis are cognitive processes (memory, attention, perception) and the way the brain accommodates these cognitive process. More generally, you will learn about the history of the research on outstanding performance, typical paradigms, common techniques employed with hands on examples through workshops, as well as theoretical links with common training programmes/interventions.

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Mental Health, Cognition, and the Brain (Optional,20 Credits)

On this module you will be introduced to applying knowledge about the brain and cognition to mental health. You will understand how normal cognitive processes can be used to understand mental health and dementias. It will provide you with an insight into the application of skills clinical psychologists use during case conceptualisation and devising interventions, including deepening your understanding of symptoms, the potential mechanisms which underpin them and how compromised cognitive capacities constrain day-to-day life. Through lecture material and workshops, you will be exposed to examples of research methods used to investigate the relationship between cognition and mental health including functional and structural imaging, cognitive task design and real-world data capture. You will be able to highlight gaps and critically reflect on the strengths and weakness of current approaches.
You will examine elements of cognition within the context of mental health and substance use disorders as well as some dementias to appreciate what happens as cognition “breaks-down”. Examples will be included from mental health disorders, dementias and substance use disorders including alcohol use, misuse and abuse. You will be able to define cognitive processes evident in mental health, and how they relate to the brain. You will recognize the inherent strengths in an interdisciplinary approach to apply cognitive knowledge to increase your understanding of mental health. Appreciating mental health across different levels of biological/cognitive representation will deepen your knowledge of symptoms and how they might impinge upon day-to-day life. Through active learning, you will develop and apply your research skills within clinical psychology discipline and gain skills in communication for a variety of audiences.

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Working in and with the Criminal Justice System (Optional,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn how research in forensic psychology is applied in practice.
You will understand how research impacts professional practice, including working with offenders and survivors in a range of contexts (e.g., prison, probation). You will also recognise the wide variety of careers within the Criminal Justice System. Discussions will examine the contribution made by forensic psychology research to the criminal justice system and cultural beliefs/practices.

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Psychology for Optimising Sport Performance (Optional,20 Credits)

In this module you will examine a number of factors known to influence individual and group behaviour in sport and performance psychology. You will explore the scope and methods typically used in this discipline and critically evaluate approaches and theories which have had an impact on the direction of research and applications. You will consider the effects of social processes, the presence of audiences, and performing at ‘away’ venues, as well as whether individual differences can predict sports performance. You will debate cognitive and emotional effects of competition, and you will evaluate methods for optimising performance such as relaxation training, systematic desensitisation, imagery and self-talk.

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