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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

MSc Psychology (Conversion)

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMSc Psychology (Conversion) Programme codePTS1PSYEDU01
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

Psychologists are interested in why we do things, how we do them and how we relate to others as well as to the world at large. As a result, Psychology plays an important role in drawing together techniques, theories, findings and professional practice from several areas of expertise to address complex and socially and economically important questions about behaviour. Psychologists study people at all stages in their lives from birth to old-age, assessing how people perceive the physical and social world around them, how they think and use ideas, how they vary in intelligence and personality and how they are influenced by particular environments such as work, school and family. Psychology is the systematic and scientific study of behaviour and experience. As such it has a wide range of applications, such as in industry and commerce, in education and in health and social services.

Based in the Washington-Singer Laboratories on Exeter’s Streatham campus, The School of Psychology is an expanding centre for academic teaching and research, committed to providing its staff and students with a friendly and stimulating intellectual environment. We are one of the UK's top Psychology departments, providing high quality programmes for intelligent and highly-motivated people, whatever their background. Our teaching staff are recognised internationally for their academic excellence and world-leading research investigating mood disorders, human cognition, animal behaviour, and social, environmental and organisational psychology. You will also take some modules on Exeter’s St Luke’s campus with psychologists who are part of the Graduate School of Education. The Graduate School of Education is one of the most diverse and highly regarded schools of Education in the country. The School is 6th in the UK for world leading and internationally excellent research in Education and influencer of national education policy. It is particularly well known for its research into Special Educational Needs, Professional Learning, Writing, Social Mobility and STEM. The School is located on the historic and beautiful St Luke’s Campus and provide excellent support for all our postgraduate students including one of Britain’s best Education libraries.

This Masters programme is specifically designed for graduates with a non-psychology background. No previous knowledge of Psychology will be assumed although during the course of the programme we will provide you with a solid grounding in all major areas of psychology and our teaching is inspired and informed by our internationally-rated research.  The course has been designed to be stimulating, flexible and relevant to the needs of a career in psychology, with a strong reputation for intellectual rigour, academic excellence and practical value. The programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society conferring eligibility to apply for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)..

This Masters could, therefore, be your first step towards becoming a professional psychologist, e.g., a clinical, educational, or occupational psychologist (although entry into all these professions will require further postgraduate training). It will also give you valuable academic, personal and professional skills that can be used in a variety of sectors such as education, business, health and the media. Our programme is designed to provide a fantastic platform whatever your choice of future career.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

We aim to promote the values described by McGovern et al (2010), providing an intellectual environment that allows you to develop into, ‘critical scientific thinkers and ethical and socially responsible participants in their communities’ (p.10).

Specifically, the aims of the programme are:

  • To provide an education of high quality in a stimulating and supportive environment that is enriched by research and/or current practice in the discipline;
  • To provide training in scientific skills of problem analysis, research design, evaluation of empirical evidence and dissemination;
  • To provide a range of academic and key skills that will prepare you confidently for employment, future study, or training for professional practice;
  • To provide a thorough grounding in a range of skills, including statistical analysis and research design and methodology, necessary to satisfy the criteria for accreditation as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis of Chartered Membership under the scheme administered by the British Psychological Society
  • To promote specialist capabilities in specific areas of psychology congruent with the research focus of the Psychology and Graduate School of Education departments.

In doing so, we aim to encourage you to develop into individuals who, on graduation, will:

  • Have a well-defined vocabulary and basic knowledge of the critical subject matter of Psychology
  • Value the intellectual challenges required to use scientific thinking and the disciplined analysis of information to evaluate alternative courses of action
  • Take a creative and amiable sceptic approach to problem solving
  • Apply psychological principles to personal, social and organisational issues in work, relationships and the broader community
  • Act ethically
  • Be competent in using and evaluating information technology
  • Communicate effectively in different modes and with many different audiences
  • Recognise, understand and foster respect for diversity
  • Be insightful and reflective about your own and other’s behaviour and mental processes

4. Programme Structure

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

Stage 1


165 credits of compulsory modules, 15 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

The Research Project PSYM220 module must be passed at 50%.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PSYM220 Research Project 60Yes
PSYM221 Introduction to Statistics 15No
PSYM222 Research Methods and Conceptual Issues in Psychology 15No
PSYM223 Social Psychology 15No
ERPM006 Cognitive and Developmental Psychology 15No
PSYM225 Biological Psychology 15No
ERPM007 Personality and Individual Differences 15No
ERPM008 Children and Young People's Mental Health 15No

Optional Modules

You are also permitted to take the five credit module PSYM906 Psychology Research. Registration on this module is subject to a competitive application process. If taken, this module will not count towards progression or award calculation.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PSYM227 Clinical Psychology 15No
ERPM010 Educational Psychology 15No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Demonstrate detailed knowledge about a range of core subject areas as defined by the British Psychological Society, with in-depth specialisation at the forefront of the subject in certain areas.
2. Apply a range of methodological skills, including a variety of statistical and research techniques, to carry out empirical research.
3. Apply skills of scientific writing in psychology, through a range of methods.

Formal lectures and seminars, practical computing sessions, and research carried out as part of the research project. Independent study and practice also forms a major part of our teaching and learning methods.

A combination of written examinations, continuous assessment essays, research posters and research reports.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

4. Apply skills of scientific writing and presenting results.
5. Review and critically evaluate empirical evidence using a range of defined techniques.
6. Illustrate an awareness of the wider ethical issues relating to the subject and its application.
7. Review and critically evaluate published work as well as your own work.
8. Plan, execute and present an independent and original project.

Formal lectures and seminars, practical computing sessions, and research carried out as part of the research project. Independent study and practice also forms a major part of our teaching and learning methods.

A combination of written examinations, continuous assessment essays, research posters and research reports.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

9. Think independently, critically and creatively.
10. Identify and solve complex problems confidently and flexibly.
11. Manage yourself effectively including autonomy, time management, self-teaching, self-reflection, seeking and using feedback, personal responsibility, self-criticism.

Formal lectures and seminars, practical computing sessions, and research carried out as part of the research project. Students will progress through a teaching programme that is gradually more self-managed, and the personal tutorial and Personal Development Planning system. Independent study and practice also forms a major part of our teaching and learning methods.

A combination of written examinations, continuous assessment essays, research posers and research reports.

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

You will be allocated a personal tutor who will remain with you throughout the programme. Where possible, your personal tutor will be the supervisor of your research project, which allows your tutor to have a good overview of your academic progress based on regular supervision meetings. Personal tutors are able to provide guidance and feedback on assessment performance, guidance in generic academic skills and pastoral support. They are also able to refer you to more specialist support services, both within the College and elsewhere across the University.

In addition, you can expect reasonable access to all teaching staff through drop-in ‘office hours’ and specific appointments, and will in addition receive formative feedback from various discussion groups/in-lecture exercises throughout the delivery of each module and therefore receive essentially continuous feedback during the taught component of the programme. Your progress will be monitored and you can receive up-to-date records of the assessment, achievements and progress at any stage.

All module-based learning resources and student handbooks are hosted by the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE), the University's on-line Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). ELE provides an online set of integrated tools to support e-Learning activities and enables students to access course materials and use tools such as Discussion Forums and Quizzes to interact online. A variety of these tools enhance the learning and teaching activities for every Psychology module, allowing students to access most materials remotely, for example, lecture videos, supporting texts and formative self-test quizzes.

You will have access to the computer cluster in the Washington-Singer Laboratories, when not in use for teaching or assessment purposes, along with the pay-per-print laser printer installed there. University IT Services provide a range of central services, including open and training clusters of PCs - available on a 24/7 basis.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(British Psychological Society (BPS). BPS accreditation confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, provided that the student passes their research project and achieves at least a Lower Second Class Honours degree, or its equivalent (i.e. an overall pass mark of at least 50% for conversion programmes). This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges review the quality and standard of teaching and learning in all taught programmes against a range of criteria through the procedures outlined in the Teaching Quality Assurance (TQA) Manual Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

20

18. Final Award

MSc Psychology (Conversion)

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits ECTS credits

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

03/09/2020

Date of last revision

10/08/2021