MSc Psychological Research Methods Induction Information 2017

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Welcome to the School of Psychology at the University of Plymouth, and if you are new to the city, welcome to Plymouth. You are starting on a fascinating intellectual and academic journey with us, as well as an exciting new stage of your life. I hope that you enjoy the journey, and make the most of all the opportunities that the University has to offer.

Your first week here is called Induction Week, during which there will lots of timetabled events. These are aimed at providing you with important information, helping you to become familiar with the University, and giving you the chance to meet some of your fellow students and tutors. There is a full timetable of events listed below. Please read it carefully, and ensure you attend the sessions.

On behalf all the staff in the School of Psychology, I welcome you to the University of Plymouth, and look forward to meeting you.

Tim Hollins, Head of School of Psychology.

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. Here is the link in case you cannot find the email

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 a 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 19 September

Please note today all sessions below will take place in Scott Building room 101 unless otherwise stated

9.00-9.30 Arrival with refreshments

9.30-10.00 Welcome from Professor Tim Hollins, Head of School

10.00-11.00 Introduction to MSc Postgraduate Research Methods with Dr Ben Whalley Programme Leader Venue: Smeaton Building, room 107b

11.00-11.15 Break

11.15-12.15 Library Introduction and Literature searching with Joanna Triplett, Information Specialist (return to Scott 101)

12.15-13.00 Careers with Claire Guy, Employability Service

13.00-14.00 Lunch Break

14.00-14.30 meet the Psychology Student Advocate, Dr Patric Bach

14.30-15.30 Tour of Psychology Labs and Campus

Wednesday 20th September

Please note today all sessions below will take place in Babbage Building rooms 106/107 unless otherwise stated

9.00-9.20 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 Photo ID with you. Cards are only issued to new students.


  • module overviews from Term 1 Module Leaders
  • orient students to preparatory materials
  • module choices
  • homework to prepare for following week

11.00-11.15 Break

11.15-12.15 Introduction to MSc Project

12.15-13.15 Lunch Break

13.15-14.15 Introduction to assessment and feedback

14.15-15.30 Break and opportunity to speak with the Programme Leader if you have any queries.

15.30-17.00 Academic writing workshop delivered by Joe Allison, Learning Development: a refresher for those returning or practice for others 

Thursday 21st September

Free day

Friday 22nd September

Please note today all sessions below will take place in Babbage Building room 106/107 unless otherwise stated

9.00-9.30 Arrival with refreshments

9.30-10.00 Technical Facilities and Services, MSc Ethics/Running Your Project, an overview of the facilities and services Psychology Technicians can provide during your MSc with Lynne James, Senior Psychology Technician

10.00-12.00 'How do we know things' with Professor Chris Harris, MPsych Programme Leader Venue: Smeaton 312 (access via the west end)

12.00-13.30 Postgraduate Lunch, a Networking lunch for all PG Students and Academic Staff, meet postgraduate students undertaking other Psychology programmes Venue: Babbage Building room 410

13.30-15.30 Answering questions with data.

15.30 Walk down to the Barbican for coffee.

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.

Please note the week beginning 25th September is University week 9.

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