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Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology


The online Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology programme has four modules. The first module takes 12 weeks. Each subsequent module lasts eight weeks.

Core modules

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Mind, Brain and Behaviour (12 weeks)


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


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.

Social Psychology (8 weeks)


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


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.

Data Analysis for Psychology (8 weeks)


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


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.

Personality, Individual Differences and Intelligence (8 weeks)


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


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.

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