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Online Degree MSc in Psychology

Structure

The online MSc in Psychology programme has eight core modules and culminates in a dissertation.

The first module takes 12 weeks. Each subsequent module lasts eight weeks.

Core Modules

  1. Mind, Brain and Behaviour
  2. Social Psychology
  3. Data Analysis for Psychology
  4. Personality, Individual Differences and Intelligence
  5. Cross-Cultural Issues in Lifespan Development
  6. The Psychology of Learning
  7. Cognitive Psychology, the science of how we think.
  8. Psychobiology

Objective

To develop scientific knowledge on the way mind, brain, and experience, interact in a complex way to influence behaviour.

Description:

In this introductory module to the programme, you will explore the biological, psychological and social factors that influence health and behaviour, and evaluate the role of neuroscience in understanding consciousness. Focusing specifically on the biopsychosocial model of health, you will analyse contemporary cross-cultural health issues and policies, evaluate the role of cognition and motivation in changing behaviour, and analyse how individual factors contribute to mental and physical health-related behaviours and the manifestation of disease.

Duration

12 weeks

Objective

To investigate how people’s thoughts, feelings and behaviours are influenced by the actual, imagined or implied presence of others.

Description:

Individual human behaviour is often influenced by the presence of other people, whether consciously or sub-consciously. This module looks at how social psychological theories can help explain individual and group behaviour in various settings. Working both independently and collaboratively, you will develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of social psychological theories and research methods, and explore their cross-cultural implications. You will also evaluate contemporary problems and issues from the perspective of social psychology.

Duration

8 weeks

Objective

To acquire core knowledge and skills for understanding and designing quantitative research and conducting statistical analyses.

Description:

Focusing on a quantitative approach to reasoning and analysis, this module is designed to develop your understanding of data analysis, classical quantitative research designs, and the principles of ethical research. You will learn to apply theoretical knowledge to psychology through research and the application of research into practice – skills that you will then use to plan and execute your dissertation.

Duration

8 weeks

Objective

To understand why people are psychologically different from one another and how those differences may be measured.

Description:

As individuals, we are all psychologically different, with unique personalities and character traits. In this module, you will develop a critical understanding of why people differ psychologically from one another and evaluate different ways of measuring these differences. You will learn to apply key criteria to the development of psychometric tests and to understand the principles and application of Factor Analysis. You will also look at theories of emotional intelligence and explain their influence on our performance in occupational, educational, health or clinical psychology.

Duration

8 weeks

Objective

To develop an understanding of human developmental milestones and their biological, social, and psychological implications.

Description:

As student on this module, you will explore the major human developmental milestones from a variety of theoretical perspectives, including cognitive, social, biological, and emotional, assessing their impact on human behaviour and how they can be used to explain behaviour from a cross-cultural perspective. This will include analysing and evaluating the nature vs. nurture debate and how it impacts our understanding of human development.

Duration

8 weeks

Objective

To understand the psychological and behavioural processes that lie behind lasting change resulting from experience.

Description:

In this module, you will explore the major learning theories and discuss how they contribute to our understanding of how humans learn, process and remember information. You will analyse historical and cultural influences on the development of theories of psychopathology, assess the components of mental health interventions and assess the relevance of the therapeutic alliance in psychotherapy. You will also consider how practitioners and researchers can use these theories to explain behaviour in cross-cultural contexts.

Duration

8 weeks

Objective

  • To support and guide students in their individual construction of knowledge and skills in the field of Cognitive Psychology.
  • To enable students to research or intervene in a variety of manners on areas as basic to the human experience as memory, language or thought.

Description:

This module presents and critically discusses the forefront evidence-based knowledge on basic cognitive processes—perception, attention, and memory—, as well as higher order processes like thought and language comprehension and production. Its contents cover the core area of Cognitive Psychology.

Duration

8 weeks

Objective

To enable students to individually construct a comprehensive understanding of how the nervous system and other physical characteristics influence psychological functioning, and to facilitate the acquisition of practical skills to design, undertake, analyse and interpret significant research studies in the area.

Description:

This module introduces and critically examines major theories and concepts in the area of biological psychology, or the mutual influences between our body and our psychological functioning. Focusing on basic neuroscience and neuropsychology, it discusses highly relevant health issues such as the effect of brain damage on cognition, or the impact of sleep disorders on an individual’s wellbeing. Its contents cover the core area of Biological Psychology, and contribute to the core area of Research Methods, as specified in The British Psychological Society’s curriculum. Learning in this module is achieved through the critical reading of, and reflection upon, the weekly learning resources presented, as well as through the completion of biweekly peer discussions, and two individual hand-in assignments where students are required to conduct a systematic review, and to critically analyse the use of psychopharmacology in a given area of mental health.

Duration

8 weeks


Dissertation

Students refine their dissertation topic in conjunction with their personal Dissertation Advisor, an academic supervisor who will provide support throughout the study and writing process.


Note on licensure

The MSc in Psychology is not a licensure programme and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology or counselling professional without additional education. The University of Liverpool Online Programmes does not offer programmes that lead to professional licensure. Please review the career map for further details. Career options may require additional experience, training or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree programme.