Psychology MPsych Hons - 2020 Entry
Psychology is the scientific study of how humans think and behave. Take your study to Masters-level through our MPsych programme and develop your ability to understand and support people to an advanced level, preparing you for a wide range of rewarding careers.
Our four year MPsych degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), which is essential if you wish to pursue a career in professional psychology in the UK, and has been specifically designed for those who wish to pursue a career in research. It is also suitable for students who want to earn an advanced degree to provide a competitive edge in the job market.
You will learn from passionate academics, all of whom are active researchers and world leaders in their field, benefiting from their insight, expertise and cutting-edge research. Your study will follow the main themes of modern psychology:
- Brain and Behaviour: how neural disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease affect behaviour
- Cognitive Psychology: our reactions to colours, smells, speech and music
- Developmental Psychology: the ways in which infants perceive space, patterns, objects and events
- Social Psychology: how our thoughts, emotions and behaviours are shaped by the presence of others
In the first year, you will gain an in depth overview of the main study themes through our Understanding Psychology module. You will explore the theories underpinning these areas, learn to evaluate scientific journals, and develop your ability to construct formal arguments. Running parallel to this, you will also undertake the Investigating Psychology module, which will equip you with important practical skills for conducting research in psychology, such as data analysis and report writing.
As well as these core modules, you will also take a minor subject, which can be another science, or a subject that is selected from a different part of the University, such as a social science or management programme. This gives you the chance to explore another discipline that interests you and experience another part of the University. Sociology, criminology and philosophy are just some of the more popular minor choices among our students.
During the second year of your degree, you revisit the key themes covered in Year 1 in greater detail. You will study a specialist module for each of the key strands; deepening your understanding and testing your knowledge. You will also explore Personality and Individual Differences, which will introduce you to important theoretical questions and allow you to critically discuss research implications.
In addition to these themes, Research Methods and Statistics modules will be covered this year. These will expand your knowledge of research methods, develop key skills and enable you to gain a detailed understanding of analysis and reporting.
Third year provides you with the freedom to choose from a range of topical modules, as well as carrying out your own research project under the supervision of an experienced researcher. This will allow you to shape your study to suit your own interests and career aspirations. The optional modules available change to reflect the latest developments in psychology research and those listed are indicative content.
In your final year, you will conduct a thorough and demanding research project, which allows you to capitalise on your existing theoretical and practical research skills and knowledge, as well as extend your range of expertise into more concentrated and sophisticated avenues of research. You may continue your third year research topic or broaden your knowledge base by exploring a completely new research topic. The project will help you to develop your ability to identify significant research, formulate hypotheses, design experiments, review techniques, and effectively justify and communicate conclusions. Alongside your project work you will study Masters-level modules which you will select from a wide ranging choice to suit your own interests.
Structured Work Experience
During the first three years of this programme, you will have the opportunity to gain voluntary work experience through our Psychology Employability Programme, allowing you to develop invaluable skills for either a career in psychology or a graduate programme. You can choose between working part-time in the community with charities and organisations that support vulnerable people, or working alongside staff in the Psychology Department on their ground breaking research projects. Crucially, every placement will provide you with experience and skills that are valuable to both psychology careers and more general graduate level occupations, strengthening your CV and enhancing your employability for life after graduation.
Voluntary work can be an enlightening and rewarding experience, enabling you to make a difference to the lives of others, while having the opportunity to try something new, which may lead you to change or confirm your career plans and is recommended by the British Psychological Society.
A Level AAA
GCSE Mathematics grade B or 6 (Applicants with a GCSE Maths C or 5 considered on a case-by-case basis)
IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.
International Baccalaureate 36 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.
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Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.
- Cognitive Affective and Clinical Neuroscience
- Current Directions in Social Psychology
- Forensic and Investigative Psychology
- Prozac Nation: Human Psychopharmacology
- Psychology of Art
- The Developing Mind
- The Lying Brain: An Examination of Hallucinations & Delusions in Normal, Clinical and Pathological Populations
- The Neuroscience of Typical and Atypical Social Development
- The Psychology of Attention: from the laboratory to everyday behaviour
- Topics in Clinical Psychology
Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
Our Psychology graduates gain employment from a wide range of sectors, including health and medicine, education, forensic science and sport and exercise. There are many divisions of the subject to enter into, including Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology, Neuropsychology, Occupational Psychology and Research and Academic Psychology.
Our graduates are also well-read, versatile and highly regarded by business. Their data handling and people skills open up a range of opportunities and employment rates are very high for psychology degree holders. Many of our graduates choose to pursue careers in human resources, marketing, management, banking, teaching and social work.
Through our degree, you gain valuable, relevant skills that allow you to deliver real impact in your chosen field. Additionally, you are exposed to applied psychology topics based on current research and gain the skills and experience to be professionally accredited by the BPS, preparing you for the real world and a career in the subject.
Alternatively, many of our graduates continue their studies at Lancaster to PhD level in order to pursue scientific research. Our goal is to empower all our graduates with the skills, confidence and experience they need to achieve a successful career. You will be offered a wide range of support, including an academic tutor and dedicated skills based lectures helping you realise your career ambitions and providing you with the skills to reach your full potential.
Fees and Funding
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2020/21 entry fees have not yet been set.
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Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.
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Charlotte Rothwell says
"I chose to volunteer in the BabyLab as I thought it was a fantastic opportunity to get some hands-on research experience, in a setting with a great reputation and facilities. It was a good way to have experience doing research in the developmental field to see if it is something I would like to do in the future. The study was about categorisation, so 14-month olds are read a book containing pictures of toys that are unfamiliar to them. Some of these toys are given a made-up name. Using an eye tracker we aim to see whether the baby had learnt the label for the object or not."
Make our course yours
You are at the centre of our degree programmes. Our lectures, assessments and study support are designed to help you achieve the best result.
Lectures, seminars and practicals
We use a mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions to enhance your learning and to develop essential skills throughout your degree. Lectures provide a solid foundation in key issues and are delivered by experts. You will be encouraged to discuss your learnings with a small group of students and a tutor in our regular seminars. Practical classes help you discover the key psychological research methods. You will get experience conducting psychology experiments in small groups.
You will face regular assessments, allowing you to manage and pace your studies, and giving you feedback and assistance on a regular basis. We help you by identifying your strengths and supporting your weaknesses. You will develop and enhance the skills that help you on the subject, and give you a solid start to your career.
You will be allocated your own Academic Tutor who you will meet with on a one-to-one basis each term. Your tutor will work with you to produce a plan to help you make the most of your studies. Identifying your strengths and weaknesses as you progress through the degree programme, you will be shown how to tackle any study areas that you may need help with and will be supported in following the path most suited to your individual preferences and skills.
Developing your skills
Your degree will build your confidence in a range of essential skills that employers value, and we have a support system in place to help you achieve your personal best. Psychology students graduate with a range of transferable skills that are recognised by employers, including literacy, numeracy, interpersonal skills, problem-solving skills, critical evaluation, information gathering and independent working.
Psychology Employability Programme
We offer you the chance to gain relevant work experience in professional psychology. You can choose between working part-time in the community with charities and organisations that support vulnerable people or working alongside research staff in the Psychology Department on their projects. Every placement will provide you with experience and skills that are valuable to careers in psychology, boosting your CV and enhancing your employability.
Careers and Employability
Our degrees provide excellent employment prospects. We want you to make the best start to your career.
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