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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

MPsyc, BSc Advanced Psychology

Programme code:MPYS-APSYCUCAS code:6L97
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Amanda Harrison Contact


Total credits: 480

Entry requirements:

Details of our entry requirements can be found at:

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Psychology

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Psychology Board of Examiners

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

The QAA Benchmark Statement for Psychology is applicable to Years 1-3 of this Programme. This benchmark statement can be found at:

Programme specification:

The programme will:
- provide advanced knowledge and skills in a broad programme of psychological science;
- provide understanding of how psychological theory and research can be applied in practice;
- facilitate choice in terms of providing two pathways: 1a Cognitive Development & Disorders with Systematic Research Review; 1b Cognitive Development & Disorders with Research Project; 2a Psychological Approaches to Health with Systematic Research Review; 2b Psychological Approaches to Health with Research Project;
- involve the majority of IPS staff in high level research-led teaching.

The first three years of the degree should:
- aim to produce a scientific understanding of the mind, brain, behaviour and experience, and of the complex interactions between these;
- present multiple perspectives in a way that fosters critical evaluation;
- lead to an understanding of real life applications of theory to the full range of experience and behaviour;
- develop an understanding of the role of empirical evidence in the creation and constraint of theory, and also in how theory guides the collection and interpretation of empirical data;
- include the acquisition and knowledge of a range of research skills and methods for investigating experience and behaviour, culminating in an ability to conduct research independently;
- develop knowledge, leading to an ability to appreciate and critically evaluate theory, research findings, and applications.

At the end of the full four years of the programme students should have an advanced understanding of:
- a variety of research methods, both quantitative and qualitative, which are used in conducting psychological research;
- the range of theories, assessments, and interventions developed and applied within psychological science;
- developmental and neuropsychological science in relation to psychology across the lifespan and neuropsychological disorders (Cognitive Development & Disorders Pathway) OR health and behaviour change in relation to predicting and changing health behaviours and theories and interventions in food and nutrition (Psychological Approaches to Health Pathway).

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following 110 credits of compulsory modules:

PSYC1036Research Skills 120 creditsSemester 1
PSYC1037Research Skills 220 creditsSemester 2
PSYC1603Developmental Psychology10 creditsSemester 1
PSYC1604Social Psychology10 creditsSemester 1
PSYC1605Biological Psychology10 creditsSemester 2
PSYC1607Cognitive Psychology10 creditsSemester 1
PSYC1608Perception10 creditsSemester 2
PSYC1614Psychology at Leeds10 creditsSemester 1
PSYC1617Exploring Animal Behaviour10 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Discovery modules:

Students take one 10-credit semester 2 discovery module (previously known as elective modules) from any department.

Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following 110 credits of compulsory modules:

PSYC2503Psychological Disorders10 creditsSemester 1
PSYC2504Advanced Social Psychology10 creditsSemester 2
PSYC2510Advanced Developmental Psychology10 creditsSemester 2
PSYC2518Cognitive Neuroscience10 creditsSemester 2
PSYC2519Behavioural Neuroscience10 creditsSemester 2
PSYC2521Individual Differences10 creditsSemester 1
PSYC2522Research Skills 315 creditsSemester 1
PSYC2523Research Skills 415 creditsSemester 2
PSYC2553Memory and Language10 creditsSemester 1
PSYC2554Perception, Action and Cognition10 creditsSemester 1

Discovery modules:

Students take one 10 credit Level 2 discovery module (previously known as elective modules) from any department.

The only exception to this rule are language modules. Students in Year 2 may take a language module at any level as these may be particularly useful for students considering changing onto the international version of the programme.

Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory 30 credit project module:

PSYC3520Major Project30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Optional modules at Level 3 are grouped into three bands:
A = Health/Social Psychology
B = Biological Psychology
C = Cognitive Psychology.

Students are required to select 1 x 15 credit module from each of the bands A, B and C. You select a further 3 x 15 credit modules from any of the bands. Your overall selection must not include more than 3 modules from any one band.

You select modules via the online enrolment website on a first-come-first-served basis. If students select too many modules during the online enrolment exercise, their choices will be deleted and they will be required to start the process again. Students should select 3 modules in each semester for an even spread of workload over the two semesters. Places on level 3 modules are capped so you may not be able to enrol on all of your first preferences.

Please Note: the following two pairings of modules are mutually exclusive ie. within the pairing you can take one or the other, NOT both of these modules.

PSYC3517 Nutrition and Behaviour and PSYC3502 The Biopsychology of Human Appetite
PSYC3532 Eating Disorders and PSYC3533 Clinical Psychology

Band A: Health/Social Psychology

PSYC3501Health Psychology15 creditsSemester 1
PSYC3507Applied Psychology: Critical Issues15 creditsSemester 1
PSYC3514Occupational Health Psychology15 creditsSemester 1
PSYC3517Approaches to Nutrition and Behaviour15 creditsSemester 1
PSYC3532Eating Disorders15 creditsSemester 2
PSYC3533Clinical Psychology: Cognitive Behavioural Formulation for Disorders15 creditsSemester 2
PSYC3540Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Psychology15 creditsSemester 2
PSYC3544Applied Social Psychology15 creditsSemester 1
PSYC3545Work Psychology: Applying Theory to Practice in the Workplace15 creditsSemester 2

Band B: Biological Psychology

PSYC3502The Biopsychology of Human Appetite15 creditsSemester 2
PSYC3505The Spatial World15 creditsSemester 2
PSYC3508Drugs, Hormones and Behaviour15 creditsSemester 1
PSYC3511Drug Addiction15 creditsSemester 2
PSYC3516Evolutionary Psychology15 creditsSemester 1
PSYC3527Techniques in Human Neuropsychology15 creditsSemester 2
PSYC3536Applications of Learning Theory to Psychological Disorders15 creditsSemester 1

Band C: Cognitive Psychology

PSYC3510Reasoning and Decision Making15 creditsSemester 2
PSYC3519The Psychology of Eyewitness Testimony15 creditsSemester 2
PSYC3528One Brain, Two Hemispheres15 creditsSemester 2
PSYC3538Development of Language and Literacy15 creditsSemester 1
PSYC3539Cognition and Emotion15 creditsSemester 1
PSYC3541Face Perception15 creditsSemester 1
PSYC3542New Perspectives on Human Memory15 creditsSemester 1
PSYC3543Biopsychosocial Issues in Ageing15 creditsSemester 2

Year4 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Students can follow one of two pathways on the Masters year of the programme. Both pathways contain one compulsory module, Advanced Research Methods. In addition, each pathway comprises a set of three taught modules. Students on both pathways also have a choice of:


The Systematic Research Review and Advanced Research Issues in Psychology


MPsyc Advanced Research Project.

Compulsory modules:

Students on both pathways of the programme are required to study the following compulsory module:

PSYC5901MAdvanced Research Methods20 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Students following the Cognitive Development & Disorders (CDAD) pathway take the following modules:

PSYC5905MCurrent Themes in Neuropsychology and Neuroscience
Co-requisite for: Pathway 1: CDAD
20 creditsSemester 2
PSYC5910MThe Psychology of Ageing and Dementia
Co-requisite for: Pathway 1: CDAD
20 creditsSemester 1
PSYC5911MTypical and Disordered Development
Co-requisite for: Pathway 1: CDAD
20 creditsSemester 2

NB: The list of available modules may change annually.

Students following the Psychological Approaches to Health (PATH) pathway take the following modules:

PSYC5906MHealth Behaviour Change: Theories, Methods and Interventions
Co-requisite for: Pathway 2: PATH
20 creditsSemester 1
PSYC5907MTheory and Intervention in Food and Nutrition
Co-requisite for: Pathway 2: PATH
20 creditsSemester 2
PSYC5912MPsychology of Patient Safety
Co-requisite for: Pathway 2: PATH
20 creditsSemester 2

NB: The list of available modules may change annually.

Students on both pathways who choose the Systematic Research Review route take the following modules:

PSYC5900MAdvanced Research Issues in Psychology15 creditsSemester 2
PSYC5902MSystematic Review25 creditsSemester 1

Students on both pathways who choose the MPsyc Advanced Psychology Research project route take the following module:

PSYC5908MMPsyc Advanced Psychology Research Project40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Discovery modules:

Last updated: 07/05/2019


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