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

Module cap (Maximum number of students): 25

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 6

Independent Learning Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 16

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes: • designing a study • conducting systematic reviews • methodological and ethical issues •  drawing conclusions and writing for academia • conducting systematic reviews

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 3000 word systematic review 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

3,000 word systematic review on the topic of the students choosing

Module aims

  • introduce students to a variety of approaches used in psychology research
  • provide students with knowledge of research design
  • provide students with an advanced understanding of thinking critically about this research
  • develop scientific writing skills
  • be able to conduct a systematic review

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Have an understanding of research methods relevant to health psychology KCPT
002 To be able to conduct systematic research review within health psychology KCPT
003 Develop critical thinking skills CT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

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 research skills • develop communication skills through discussion. The learning and teaching methods include lectures and workshops

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
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Other information

There is no alternative assessment for the systematic review as it is a core requirement of the BPS

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 2019/0 academic year.