Year 2

In the second year, you will begin to branch out from the core principles of psychology, into specialised areas of study.

Brain and Behaviour

  • Exploration of biopsychology
  • Anatomy and physiology of the neuron
  • Somatic and automatic nervous systems and functions
  • Cognitive neuroscience of action and cognitive control
  • Mechanisms of nerve impulse transmission and synaptic transmission
  • Receptors and drug effects
  • Biopsychology of emotion, stress, depression and schizophrenia
  • Neuroscience of language and music

Developmental Psychology

  • How to conduct research with children
  • Communication and learning in infants and children
  • Development of social cognition
  • Face perception in children
  • Children’s understanding of elementary physics
  • Children’s understanding of theory of others’ minds
  • Fetal development

Cognitive Psychology

  • How we perceive, think, talk and behave: human memory, attention, language, perception
  • How we extract and interpret sensory information from multiple modalities to successfully interact with our environment
  • Encoding, retention, recollection, and recall of memories in sensory, working and long-term memory stores
  • How we communicate our thoughts, in speech and text, and what happens when these skills are damaged by brain injury
  • How people make decisions, how people use shortcuts when they make decisions and how decision making can go wrong

Personality and Individual Differences

  • Key theories of personality
  • Debates on personality and individual differences
  • Theoretical and practical insights into psychometric testing
  • Biological, environmental and cultural influences on personality
  • Impact of trait and type on psychological accounts of human behaviour
  • Individual differences in cognition, thinking and development

Research Methods I: experimental methods in psychology

  • Design, evaluate and assess psychological research
  • Employ evidence-based reasoning when presenting, interpreting and evaluating psychological research
  • Carry out empirical studies drawing on a variety of psychological methods
  • Plan, conduct and report empirical research including: defining a research problem, formulating testable predictions, choosing appropriate methods, planning and conducting data gathering, demonstrate evaluation of data and producing a professional report

Social Psychology

  • History of social psychology
  • Social beliefs and judgement
  • Intergroup relations
  • Applying social psychology to everyday life
  • Contemporary and empirical developments
  • Develop a range of academic skills

Research Methods II: asking questions, analysing responses

  • Non-experimental methods used to carry out psychological research
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Ethical issues relevant to a range of experimental and non-experimental methods
  • In small groups, design, report and evaluate different forms of psychological research through questionnaires and surveys, in addition to interviewing and qualitative analysis


  • Understand how psychological research findings reported in journals and textbooks have been obtained
  • Carry out your own analysis of data collected during practical classes and report the results
  • Analyse and report the results of your own research project
  • Evaluate the reliability and generalisability of research reported in the media
  • Apply the analysis skills to research in other areas beyond psychology