Psychology - second year modules

In your second year, you will work on three modules each semester. From September until Christmas you will have two workshops each week for PSYC511 Research Skills in Practice, two lectures for PSYC513 Cognition and Biological Psychology, and two lectures for PSYC515 Health and Wellbeing. You will also have a practical every week, for either PSYC513 or PSYC515, and a one-hour tutorial linked to a piece of assessment. This means that you will have 15 hours of scheduled teaching time, in addition to unscheduled meetings, optional workshops, meetings with your tutor, and peer support sessions. In the second semester, this pattern is repeated with PSYC512, PSYC514 and PSYC516.

Timetables are usually available two or three months before the start of each semester so that you can make travel, work and childcare arrangements.

A similar page for First Year modules is available.

Example second year 2 timetable for semester 1 - times will differ each year

PSYC511 Research Skills in Practice 1

You'll work in a small group to come up with a psychological question to
investigate. You'll design a computer-based lab experiment to investigate that
question. You'll create the materials you need to do this, and analyse the data
you collect. You'll then present your results, receive feedback, and improve your

Next, you'll collect some more data, analyse it, and write up your final
report. We'll support you through each step, teaching you the techniques you
need to know to design and run a good psychological study, to analyse it
properly, and to report it to a variety of audiences. The analysis technique
taught in this module is Analysis of Variance, using the free open source software package

PSYC513 Cognitive and Biological Psychology

You will build on your knowledge of cognitive and biological psychology from your first year through a more focused treatment of issues in Perception & Attention, Learning & Memory, Cognition & Language, and Neuroscience & Comparative Psychology. 

The biology of cognition will be integrated within each of these core areas. You will develop your skills of reading and interpreting the research literature, practice advanced methods of data presentation and statistics using R, and explore neurophysiology through EEG analysis and 3D brain simulations.  

PSYC515 Health and Wellbeing

This module introduces three areas of professional psychology - Health, Clinical, and Forensic Psychology, and two important debates that are central to them: the nature-nurture debate about how inherited traits and environmental circumstances influence health and behaviour, and the problem of classifying symptoms and behaviours. 

Students work in small groups to research conditions such as addiction or stress, and produce individual reports to make psychologically-grounded recommendations for service providers or users. Real-world application of these ideas is reinforced by talks from invited speakers working as professional psychologists.

PSYC512 Research Skills in Practice 2

This module has a similar structure to PSYC511, but focuses on different data
collection and analysis techniques. You will design a study that makes use of the
analysis techniques of correlation and linear regression. We'll teach you how
to do these analysis in "R". You'll create materials for your
study, analyse your data, present your results, and receive feedback. You'll then
collect some more data, analyse it, and write up your final report. By the end
of the year, you'll have have had plenty of practice in this most practical part
of psychology, and you'll be well-pepared for your final, major project next

PSYC514 Individual Differences, Social and Developmental Psychology

You will learn how people’s behaviour and thoughts are influenced by social situations and social interactions (social psychology), by individual differences in beliefs, attitudes and personality (individual differences), and by abilities that we acquire across development, from childhood to late adulthood (developmental psychology). We will discuss how and why some people’s behaviours and thoughts are regarded as “typical” or “atypical” and what can be done to develop successful social relationships, abilities, and behaviours. Throughout the course we will debate how our knowledge on developmental and social psychology and individual differences can be helpful in applied and professional settings, for example, in forensic, educational, clinical, or business contexts.

PSYC516 Applied Psychology

You will cover key areas in which applied psychology can help people succeed in their life’s tasks by changing the external world in which they operate or by changing their internal world and behaviour.

After attending a lecture you'll take part in workshops where you will design your own behavioural interventions and reflect on them. You will also write about career paths that would lead to jobs related to these interventions.