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Before you arrive
Please review the list of projects and research interests offered by staff on our online MSc Project Allocation system. You should have been sent (via email) details of this system, along with a personalised link to access details of these projects, during the summer. Project list
Before attending the induction days please:
- Review the list of projects
- Identify 3 members of staff with interests which align with your own, and where relevant read references mentioned in the project descriptions. Here is the link for Staff Research Interests.
During the induction sessions we will explore your interests and identify how to approach staff and negotiate the design of your research.
Tuesday 18 September
9.00–9.30 Arrival all MSc and MPsych (Stage 5) students with refreshments Portland Sq Foyer, outside Plymouth Lecture Theatre
9.30–10.00 Welcome from programme leaders Venue: Portland Sq Building, Plymouth Lecture Theatre
MSc Psychology Dr Alison Bacon
MSc Psychological Research Methods Dr Chris Berry
MPsych Advanced Psychology Professor Chris Harris
10.00–11.00 Overview of Induction and introduction to MSc Postgraduate Research Methods and MPsych with Dr Ben Whalley and Professor Chris Harris Programme Leaders Venue Smeaton Building room 203
11.30–13.00 How do we know things? with Professor Chris Harris Venue Scott Building 001
13.00–13.15 Welcome with Professor Tim Hollins, Head of School Venue Scott Building 001
13.15–13.30 Advice re online enrolment (optional) Venue Scott Building 001
14.00–14.45 Introduction to seminar/ tutorial/ MPsych pathway groups Venue Scott Building 001
14.45–15.15 Campus tour (optional) assemble @ Scott Building 001
15.15–15.30 Introduction to the psychology technical office with Anthony Mee, Technical Manager Venue Scott Building 001
15.30–16.00 Meet the psychology student advocate, Dr Patric Bach
Venue Scott Building 001
Wednesday 19 September
9.00–9.30 Arrival with refreshments Venue Scott Building room 101
9.45–10.00 Overview of the day's activities Venue Scott Building room 101 and sign up for a meeting with your personal tutor on Friday. Find my tutor
10.00–11.00 Assessment at masters level Venue Scott Building room 101
11.30–13.00 Introduction to option modules, semester 1 modules and specialist modules (semester 1 PSY555, PSY556, PSY559, PSY561, PSY566, PSY568, PSY570) (semester 2 PSY564, PSY567, PSY569, PSY577) Venue Babbage room 411
14.00–15.00 Introduction to master's project Venue Babbage Building room 406
'In preparation for this session it would be extremely helpful if you could refresh your memory for the last piece of research you did (eg re-read your dissertation), or if you are new to psychology think about the range of research topics that interest you: what type of project would you like to develop this year?'
This session will include:
- Supervisor/student relationship, expected contribution
- Project Allocation System (PAS)/finding a supervisor
- Login to PAS
- Project brainstorming
15.00–16.00 University support services Venue Babbage Building room 406
- Academic writing with Jo Allison
- Wellbeing Centre
- Careers service with Claire Guy
- Robot club
- Psysoc with Molly Timlett Chair Psysoc.
Thursday 20 September
Friday 21 September
Arrival with refreshments and University card collection. You must complete online enrolment and photo upload prior to collecting your University card, also remember to bring valid passport and/or driving licence. Cards are only issued to new students, so if you are a returning student please bring your existing student card with you.
Venue Smeaton Building room 100
10.00–12.00 Nuts and bolts Venue Smeaton 100
- Using the DLE
- Checking your timetable
- Office 365
- Accessing other University systems.
Postgraduate lunch, a networking lunch for all PG students and academic staff, meet postgraduate students undertaking other psychology programmes Venue Link Building room 301
13.30–16.00 Individual meetings with tutors
It is important that you enrol online attending induction. Please use the links below to enrol, if you have any problems enrolling please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A postgrad welcome party will be arranged at the beginning of Semester 1, for psychology postgraduate and research students and teaching staff. You will be informed when and where it is to be held via email.
Please note the week beginning 24 September is University week nine.
Essential information for new international students
Monday 17 – Friday 21 September daily between 16.30–17.00 Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square.This session is delivered by the International Student Advice (ISA) team and is an opportunity for new international students to meet the team and learn about the services they deliver.
There is no need to book in advance, you can just turn up.
Friday 14 September: International Fair, the Students' Union
Monday 17 September: Market Day, Students' Union roof
Tuesday 18 September: Freshers Fair, Marquee and Students' Union and Roland Levinsky building and Students' Union roof
Wednesday 19 September: Sports Fair, Rolle Marquee and Students' Union
Thursday 20 September: Societies and Activities Fair, Rolle Marquee and Students' Union and Roland Levinsky Building and Students' Union roof
Friday 21 September: Volunteering Fair, Rolle Marquee
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Visual perception: evolution, genes, and environments
What we see and perceive has been shaped by our evolutionary history. This option explores how our vision has been determined by the interaction of genes with environments. How did the complex eye evolve? Why did vision evolve? Why are our eyes shaped differently from insects? Why do we have eyes in the front of our heads, but many animals have eyes at the side? Dinosaurs had better colour vision than mammals – what happened? Why did our loss of smell coincide with our gain in colour vision – was it fruit, sex, or social life? Why is colour blindness common in men – does it have an advantage? Do blind people get jet-lag? Why, these days, do so many people need to wear spectacles - nature or nurture, or both? To answer these questions, we discuss visual pathways, visual perception, some basic genetics, and evolution, and delve into the mysteries of developmental plasticity.
Professor Chris Harris
MPsych Advanced Psychology specialist pathways
In your final year you will choose to focus on one of three specialist pathways; Behaviour Change, Cognitive and Brain Sciences or Foundations in Clinical PsychologyMore information about your specialist pathways