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Why choose the School of Psychology


Our graduates have chosen a variety of career paths with some working in human resources; running their own coaching consultancies; or employed within the private and public sectors including the NHS, police and probation service

Our courses are reviewed and developed in conjunction with a panel of industry professionals from the NHS, mental health support and commercial organisations to ensure they align with the needs of employers

We organise field trips to a local branch of the charity Headway UK, where students spend time with staff and clients; Forensic Psychology students also spend up to two days observing real-life court cases from the public gallery

About the course

This BPS-accredited conversion course is open to anyone with a recognised undergraduate degree in any subject who now wants to take the first step towards becoming a chartered psychologist.

BPS logo - link to bps.org.ukThis unique course is accredited to the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is open to anyone with a recognised undergraduate degree in any subject who wishes to work towards becoming a chartered psychologist.

You study the essential core topics of individual differences and developmental social cognitive and biological psychology. You need to have studied these areas to gain BPS Graduate Membership the first step towards becoming a chartered psychologist specialising in a chosen area such as health forensic counselling education or clinical.

Why choose this course?

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  • Study how psychology can be applied in daily life in the specific areas of health wellbeing and criminal behaviour
  • Learn from an academic team who are members of the Research Centre for Applied Psychology
  • Develop a critical awareness of the application of psychology to real-world issues
  • Build a deep understanding of the role learning and memory play in our everyday lives
  • Focus in more detail on the specialist areas of health and forensic psychology
  • Gain the skills and expertise necessary to use the qualitative and quantitative methodologies commonly used by professional psychologists
  • Benefit from access to a wide range of departmental facilities including eyetracking; KAT Walk omnidirectional VR slide mills; EEG recording equipment; and a driving simulator

Accreditations

  • British Psychological Society

Course Leader - Dr Lynne Wood

I am a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (CPsychol) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). My main experience and interests are in health. I have a background in healthcare, having previously been a Registered Nurse, working as a staff nurse, nurse health coach and in drug safety as a drug safety associate. I completed my BSc Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire (1996) and then returned to study to complete an MSc in Health Psychology at the University of Bedfordshire (2007). I then went on to complete my PhD at the University looking at what factors predict alcohol use in adolescents and students and exploring the potential to create interactive methods of intervention to prevent misuse, such as using role-play and computer games.

Course Leader - Dr Lynne Wood

I am a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (CPsychol) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). My main experience and interests are in health. I have a background in healthcare, having previously been a Registered Nurse, working as a staff nurse, nurse health coach and in drug safety as a drug safety associate. I completed my BSc Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire (1996) and then returned to study to complete an MSc in Health Psychology at the University of Bedfordshire (2007). I then went on to complete my PhD at the University looking at what factors predict alcohol use in adolescents and students and exploring the potential to create interactive methods of intervention to prevent misuse, such as using role-play and computer games.

What will you study?


Research Methods: Quantitative And Qualitative

This aim of the unit is to advance your knowledge of empirical research within applied psychology and to develop your univariate data analysis skills to a sophisticated level. The direction of the unit will be firmly embedded within a relevant applied psychology context. We appreciate that you may have little background in research methods for applied psychology. Thus, this unit is suitable for students with diverse backgrounds or little previous exposure to research methods techniques in applied psychology.

  • Introduce and develop your skills in evaluating the relationship between design and analysis in applied psychology research.
  • Equip you with a critical sense of how to match data collection methods to particular research problems including experiments, observation, questionnaires, interviews and focus groups.
  • To develop a critical awareness of ethical issues (e.g. GDPR, informed consent) when conducting quantitative and qualitative research.
  • To provide you with an understanding of a range of both qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • To develop your expertise in SPSS for data analysis.

Cognition And Performance

The unit is concerned with the empirical study of mental processes to include, human thinking, problem solving, perception, language, memory and learning. The unit takes an information processing approach to cognitive theories and aims to apply these theories to performance in the real world and the influence on everyday behaviour.
The unit aims to:

  • Analyse theoretical frameworks and apply these to human behaviour Develop your critical understanding of information processing, research methods, and empirical findings related to the study of cognitive psychology.
  • Examine the impact of the structure and organisation of cognitive systems on human behaviour applied to everyday life.
  • Critical reflect on the various research methods, conceptual and historical issues relevant to cognitive psychology.

Developmental Psychology

This unit explores key concepts, theories and debates in developmental psychology and their application to aspects of everyday life. Throughout the unit you will address the question: How can developmental psychology explain individuals’ change and development across the lifespan? You will gain a critical understanding of theory and research relating to biological, cognitive and social development from the prenatal stage through to old age.

 

The aims of this unit are to:

·         Gain an advanced understanding of the historical context of developmental psychology and critically examine classic and contemporary theories.

·         Critically evaluate methods used in Developmental Psychology

·         Identify how developmental psychology theories and current research findings can be applied to the understanding of development across the lifespan

·         Apply developmental psychology theories and empirical findings to real-life situations (e.g., health, education and social care).

Demonstrate academic and transferable skills including communicating in academic writing.  

Personality, Intelligence And Assessments

The unit aims to provide you with a critical understanding of the underlying principles involved in personality, intelligence and the assessment of individual differences. These topics are expanded with different approaches and theories by selecting the best known and most recent findings within the topic areas. Combining the study of these areas will enable you to critically evaluate the biological, cognitive and social basis of individual differences and gain a better understanding of abnormalities in behaviour which are seen as the product of some psychopathologies.

The unit aims to:

  • Provide the opportunity to critically discuss and integrate knowledge across psychometric, biological, psychoanalytic, phenomenological, social learning and cognitive approaches to personality.
  • Provide the opportunity to discuss and integrate psychometric and contemporary modular models of intelligence.
  • Provide an opportunity to acquire a better understanding of personality and intelligence and the ability to critically evaluate the relevant concepts and theories.
  • Enable you to critically evaluate psychometric approaches to assessment of both personality and intelligence.

Advanced Research Methods (Applied Psychology)

The unit is designed to provide you with an in-depth knowledge of the process of advanced empirical research and to equip you with advanced data analysis skills in multivariate statistics and more complex qualitative designs. The direction of the unit will be firmly embedded within an applied psychology context. We appreciate that you may have little background other than Research Methods: Quantitative and Qualitative (Semester 1). Nonetheless, this advanced unit is suitable for students with diverse backgrounds. Specifically, we build upon your research methods learning from last semester in a way that allows for you to fulfil your applied psychological research potential. The aims of the unit are to:

  • Provide you with advance skills in the relationship between more elaborate research designs and complex analyses in applied psychology research
  • Equip you with a critical knowledge of sophisticated multivariate data collection methods and to relate these to research problems.
  • To develop a critical awareness of ethical and historical issues in data analysis.
  • Advanced data analysis (e.g., non-linear and multivariate models) using SPSS.
  • To provide you with an in-depth level of knowledge and critical understanding of advanced qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Biological And Neuropsychological Perspectives Of Behaviour

The unit aims to provide you with a critical understanding to the underlying principles involved in biopsychological and neuropsychological investigations and the impact on behaviour. Recent case studies and everyday examples are used to provide an accessible way to the understanding the more challenging ideas that underpin the topics covered.
The unit focuses on the history and development of biopsychology and neuropsychology and the development of neuroimaging techniques. Psychopharmacology and the brain, evolutionary, and genetic explanations of behaviour are also discussed, together with neuropsychological deficits. The combined study of these areas will enable you to critically evaluate the biological and neuropsychological basis of certain psychological abnormalities through acquired brain injury and disease and the impact on behaviour.
The unit aims to:
Provide the opportunity to critically discuss and integrate knowledge across areas of biopsychology and neuropsychology.
Consider the impact of physiology and neuropsychology in developing our understanding and explaining psychological processes and concepts.
Provide the opportunity to critically discuss the neuroanatomy and the physiology of behaviour.
Examine the impact of acquired brain injury through the structure and organisation of cognitive systems and the impact on behaviour.
Encourage critical reading and discussion of primary sources.

Social Psychology

This unit will address key questions debated by social psychologists in relation to theories, concepts and research that contribute to our understanding of the thoughts, feelings and behaviours of individuals in a range of social settings.

Aims of the unit are to:

  • Gain an advanced understanding of the historical context of social psychology and examine classic and contemporary theories.
  • Critically evaluate social psychological theories and discuss how theories and current research findings can contribute to the understanding of the complex social nature of human beings.
  • Apply social psychological theories and empirical findings to real-life situations and social issues with a view to evaluating implications of research and research based interventions in public life.

Applied Psychology

This unit will answer the question, “How can psychology be applied to some of the key challenges facing society?” This unit therefore aims to cover a range of areas within the field of applied psychology to provide you with a critical understanding
of how psychological theory and research can be put into practice in a number of settings.

Applied Psychology Dissertation Project

The Applied Psychology dissertation project is designed to enhance your pre-existing research method skills in psychology and further develop independent learning abilities and critical thinking at a Master’s level.
You are required to blend the elements of supervised academic research with an independent critical evaluation of your own learning and professional practices.
This unit allows you to enhance your knowledge of a specific research topic in applied psychology, your professional and transferable skills, and your ability to reflect upon your development as a learner, framing this by using key theories.

The aim of the unit is:

  • To foster autonomous research skills
  • To offer students the chance to research a topic in psychology systematically and in depth
  • To provide students with an opportunity to carry out a substantial, independent research project in applied psychology
  • To promote scholarly activity necessary to produce a substantial research report approaching publishable standard and expanding / redefining current knowledge;
  • To develop skills in planning, managing and critically reviewing the research process
  • To provide a platform for the further development and application of advanced qualitative and /or quantitative research skills to real life research questions

How will you be assessed?


The course uses a variety of teaching methods to provide a curriculum based on the competencies that are required for psychologists and on the research and expertise of the staff. Methods include; simulations computer-based activities problem based learning case studies and the virtual learning environment (VLE) known as BREO. The teaching activities are also dictated by the fact that this is a science-based course so students will have the opportunity to design and take part in research projects as part of both learning and assessment. In preparation for the dissertation they will learn about a range of research methods and advanced statistical analyses so that they are well prepared for the research project in which they generate research aims or hypotheses conduct research analyse the results and report them in the context of theory and current knowledge. The VLE provides a means of accessing sites elsewhere that illustrate various topics and that allow students to practice relevant skills.

Careers


As a Graduate Chartered Member of the BPS you will be eligible to apply for specialist Master's and/or Doctoral degrees to become an occupational forensic health educational counselling sport or clinical psychologist. This will then enable you to work in services such as health education and the justice system as a chartered psychologist.

You will have acquired specific knowledge in research methods and other core areas in psychology (such as developmental psychology) to put you in a position to continue your studies within Psychology with a PhD.

Your Master’s qualification will also open up a range of graduate posts in other sectors where you can gain experience increasing your chance of later going back to these specialist pathways in psychology.

Entry Requirements

2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a related subject area

Entry Requirements

2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a related subject area

Fees for this course

UK 2024/25

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2024/25 is £10,000 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

International 2024/25

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2024/25 is £15,600

If you have any questions around fees and funding, please email international@beds.ac.uk

Fees for this course

UK 2024/25

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2024/25 is £10,000 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

International 2024/25

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2024/25 is £15,600

If you have any questions around fees and funding, please email international@beds.ac.uk

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