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University of Plymouth

Advanced Psychology

UCAS Code: C801

Master of Psychology - MPsych

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

Any subjects are considered. General Studies is not accepted.

Considered in combination with other qualifications.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15,P:0

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma with 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 Level 3 credits at Merit or above. Any subjects are considered.

Considered in combination with other qualifications.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Any subjects are considered. English and Maths accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H2,H2,H2,H3,H3

Any subjects are considered. English and Maths accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Considered in combination with other qualifications.

Considered in combination with other qualifications.

Considered in combination with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

Any subjects are considered.

Considered in combination with other qualifications.

128 UCAS Tariff points including 2 Advanced Highers with Grades AB. Any subjects are considered. English and Maths accepted as GCSE equivalent.

Considered in combination with Advanced Highers.

UCAS Tariff

128

Any subjects are considered. General Studies is not accepted.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

B

Considered alongside 2 A Levels at Grades AB.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

5 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Psychology

The MPsych Advanced Psychology is a four-year integrated masters programme, providing a fast-track for ambitious students to get advanced training to begin their academic or professional career.
Hands-on learning is at core of this newly designed course. We embedded practical activities into all elements of your learning, so you can put new knowledge into practice and build the practical skills a modern psychologist needs. In our new Psychology Experiential Learning lab – Psyc:EL – you’ll explore the breadth of psychology at first hand. Working alongside fellow students you will experience psychological phenomena, design experiments and collect data to test theories, and learn to use psychological tools and equipment. Working through a series short projects designed to tackle specific problems you’ll get the rapid feedback you need to hone your skills and knowledge so you can achieve your best potential. Case studies, data visualisation, and interview techniques show how our knowledge of psychology connects and informs other disciplines, and give you the confidence and experience to step into a career of your choice.
As you progress through your studies, you’ll be able to explore the areas of psychology that interest and benefit you the most. You have the chance to spend a year studying at a partner university abroad, or working on a professional placement to apply your new knowledge and experience in a variety of real-world contexts. By your third year, you’ll have complete freedom of choice across over 20 topic choices, each taught by a world expert in their field, and will be working on a research project of your own choosing. These options and opportunities allow you to shape the psychologist that you want to become.
On completing the third year you can either graduate with the (BPS accredited) BSc in Psychology, or continue-on for specialist training in the science and practice of psychology. Your final, masters-level, year balances advanced methods for psychological research with extensive taught content in three primary ares: cognitive and brain science, motivation and behaviour change, or clinical psychology. Core modules extend and secure understanding of the theory, application, and challenges of applying psychological methods to real-world data. Quantitative and qualitative or interpretative methods both given extensive coverage, with cross-cutting modules designed to integrate multiple research and professional perspectives.
These advanced masters-level studies are designed to provide a greater depth of experience to that offered in a standard three-year degree, providing you with an advantage in knowledge, skills and experience that can put you on the ladder to your chosen career in professional or research psychology.

Modules

In your first year, you’ll lay the foundations for your studies in psychology, getting to grips with the core theories and developing important intellectual and practical skills. Whether it’s social, developmental, clinical, cognitive or physiological psychology, your work will stretch across the psychology spectrum. You’ll develop your skills in the methods of psychological research, information technology, communication and critical thinking.

In your second year, you'll build on your growing knowledge of psychology, developing your understanding of how it is applied in practical, real life settings, as well as in a research environment. As part of your second year, you'll also develop your critical understanding of psychology and put more sophisticated research methods into practice.

If you choose, you can take an optional work placement after your second year, expanding and applying your knowledge of psychology in a real world context.

In your final year you'll take part in academic debates, gaining an advanced understanding of the central areas of psychology. You’ll select advanced topics that reflect your own specialist interests and undertake a comprehensive piece of research as your final year project with the support of your academic supervisor.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Assessment methods

23% of assessment is by exam, and 77% by coursework.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Psychology

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

82%
med
Psychology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Psychology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
70%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

88%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
83%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
21%
Male students
79%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Psychology (non-specific)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,108
med
Average annual salary
94%
low
Employed or in further education
88%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Caring personal services
9%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
9%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

20 years ago, this was a specialist degree for would-be psychologists but now it is the model of a modern, flexible degree subject. One of the UK's fastest-growing subject at degree level, and the second most popular subject overall (it recently overtook business studies), one in 23 of all graduates last year had psychology degrees. As you'd expect with figures like that, jobs in psychology itself are incredibly competitive, so to stand a chance of securing one, you need to get a postgraduate qualification (probably a doctorate in most fields, especially clinical psychology) and some relevant work experience. But even though there are so many psychology graduates — far more than there are jobs in psychology, and over 13,800 in total last year — this degree has a lower unemployment rate than average because its grads are so flexible and well-regarded by business and other industries across the economy. Everywhere there are good jobs in the UK economy, you'll find psychology graduates - and it's hardly surprising as the course helps you gain a mix of good people skills and excellent number and data handling skills. A psychology degree ticks most employers' boxes — but we'd suggest you don't drop your maths modules.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Psychology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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