Learning and assessment
How you will learn
- Lab sessions
- Group study
- Independent study
You will study online through the University’s virtual learning environment, Moodle.
Our core modules cover the British Psychological Society core curriculum and are aligned with our accredited undergraduate psychology curriculum, with some shared materials.
The core modules are taught through accessing recorded (online) lectures and cover online materials designed to allow you to study flexibly at your own pace. You will be supported through contact with members of the teaching team via a combination of methods including live online interaction (via Microsoft Teams) and discussion forums.
As a participant on this course, you will have the opportunity to engage and collaborate with other postgraduates. Group activities involving up to 35 students will be organised to facilitate interaction and foster a sense of community. In addition, you will gain practical research skills by participating in online lab groups.
Teaching is provided by academic staff, with additional support in labs and practical classes (online) from PhD students and post-doctoral researchers. Each module is managed and delivered by a module team consisting of one or more staff members and you will be allocated a personal tutor who will provide support throughout the programme. You will complete your empirical research project under the supervision of a research-active academic.
How you will be assessed
- Project work
Assessment is by online examination at the end of each semester. This includes a range of written exams and multiple-choice/short answer questions, practical and research project reports and written coursework assessments. You will be given a copy of our marking criteria when you start the course and will receive regular feedback from your tutors.
You will need an average mark of 50% to pass the course overall – you won't get a qualification if you don't achieve this. You must also pass the statistics and practical labs modules at 50% or above to progress to the research project, in addition to having a taught stage average of 50%.
Contact time and study hours
This is a part-time course and as this is distance learning, you can study, watch lecture recordings, and complete activities and assignments in your own time and on a flexible basis. Some activities are collaborative and take place in groups so the course will require regular participation during term time but there is flexibility in where and when you study.
Contact and study hours vary per semester depending on the amount of module load. As a guide, however, one credit is equal to approximately 10 hours of work. This covers engaging in taught activities, independent study, and preparation for assessments. Most of our taught modules are worth 20 credits.