Module code: PSYM136

Module Overview

This module provides students with an advanced knowledge of designing, conducting and writing up research in a particular field of psychology, in preparation for developing their own dissertations. The module will cover all aspects of the research process, including literature reviews, forming and testing hypotheses, ethical conduct, and collecting, analysing, interpreting and disseminating data.

Module provider


Module Leader

SMITH Kimberley (Psychology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: C841

Module cap (Maximum number of students): 25

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:
• designing a study
• conducting literature reviews and forming hypotheses
• methodological and ethical issues
• collecting data and statistical analyses
• drawing conclusions and writing for academia
• conducting systematic reviews

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation Group presentation 30
Coursework 2,500 word systematic review 70

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

1. 10-minute group presentation (30% weighting)
2. 2,500 word systematic review (70% weighting)

Module aims

  • introduce students to a variety of approaches used in health psychology research
  • provide students with knowledge of research design, and writing to publishable standards
  • provide students with an advanced understanding of thinking critically about this research
  • enhance written and verbal communication skills through group work, presentation and discussion
  • introduce students to the methods used to conduct a systematic review of psychological research

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate a reflective understanding of current research in a specific field of psychology CK
002 Design a strategy for investigation (design, procedure, methods of data collection) that will address a research question and/or hypotheses that can be logically defended and is in accordance with the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and BPS ethical guidelines CKP
003 Coherently articulate the benefits and limitations of particular styles of research CK
004 Communicate ideas, theories and principles through written or oral means, adapting the content appropriately for each medium CKPT
005 Work effectively in different groups to discuss and develop ideas CKPT
006 To be able to conduct systematic research review within health psychology CKPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 10

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 10

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
• provide students with an understanding of the techniques used in health psychology research
• encourage students to think critically about research
• prepare students for their dissertations by developing practical and professional skills
• develop communication skills through group work and discussion

The learning and teaching methods include:
• Lectures (5 x 2hr)
• Workshops (5 x 2hr)
• Presentation / discussion sessions (1 x 2 hr)
• Individual and group activities

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list


Other information

Alternative assessment: Group presentation: If unable to attend the session, students will be asked to complete the presentation/discussion with two members of staff (in person in the first instance, or ‘virtually’ if necessary). There is no alternative assessment for the systematic review.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Health Psychology MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.