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The award
MRes

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
GBP 4665

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 10335

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About Psychology MRes at Brunel University London

This degree is for anyone with a psychology, social sciences or other relevant first degree who is interested in expanding their knowledge of psychology. It is an ESRC recognised research training foundation course and a required training for an ESRC funded PhD. As an accredited research training in Psychology, it can enhance the career prospects of those wishing to enter psychology-related employment, and contribute to the professional development of those already working in psychology-related roles.Entry RequirementsApplicants should normally have a first degree in psychology or in a related discipline with a substantial element of psychology at Honours level from a UK institution; an equivalent overseas qualification; or an equivalent professional qualification. Course AimsThe MRes in Psychology is highly flexible option which offers the opportunity to select optional modules from a range of exciting and rapidly-developing areas in psychology, each with wide applicability: cross-cultural psychology, psychoanalysis, neurosciences (including functional brain imaging) and evolutionary psychology. Additionally there is a strong foundation in research methods and professional skills, and this can provide an excellent preparation for a PhD. An important component of the degree is an original psychological research project in an area of the student’s choice. Dissertation supervision can be provided in many fields of psychology in addition to those covered in the taught modules. The MRes Psychology is an ESRC-recognised research training foundation course and required training for an ESRC-funded PhD. As accredited research training in psychology, the programme can enhance the career prospects of those wishing to enter psychology-related employment, and contribute to the professional development of those already working in psychology-related roles.Who is this degree for?This degree will suit anyone with a psychology, social sciences or other relevant first degree who is interested in expanding and updating their knowledge of psychology. The course is also for professional practitioners who wish to develop or enhance their research skills. You might be: a qualified practitioner working in an applied field (eg,psychotherapy, health, human resources, the prison service, education), and would like to enhance your career by doing research relevant to your field; a recent graduate from psychology or a psychology-related discipline who is thinking about a career in research; a research psychologist or social scientist who would like to gain a formal relevant qualification; anyone who wishes to pursue a PhD in psychology, following the 1+3 year scheme recommended by the Research Councils.Course ContentTypical ModulesCompulsory ModulesGraduate Research Skills and Professional Development Main topics of study: reviewing research aims and objectives; choosing research methods; study design, sampling, and analytical issues in the use of such methods; appropriate resources for such studies; using information technologies; managing a research project, presenting research information.DissertationThe specific topics and/or research problems to be addressed in the dissertation are based on the student’s particular research focus and interest in Psychology, and the student’s own mode of data collection and analysis.Elective ModulesOne of the following:Applied Research Methods (compulsory for ESRC-funded students)Main topics of study: the development of appropriate research strategies; sampling techniques; questionnaire and interview design and construction; piloting; content analytic techniques; diary methods; projective techniques; quantitative data analysis; data standardisation; ethical considerations; writing-up reports.Research Methods in PsychoanalysisMain topics of study: psychoanalytic epistemologies; knowledge and truth in psychoanalysis; induction, deduction and abduction; the logic of psychoanalytic discovery; the validation of psychoanalytic theory and practice; how to set up a psychoanalytic research project; logical reasoning and the anticipation of certainty; the object and the subject in psychoanalysis; how to access psychoanalytic resources; how to develop a psychoanalytic argument; the interface between theory and practice in psychoanalysis.Optional Modules(Choose two)CROSS CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGYCross-Cultural Variations in Psychological Finding 1Main topics of study: controversies in defining culture; assessing culture; the development of cross-cultural dimensions (individualism/collectivism, the work of the Chinese Culture Connection, Trompenaars model, Inglehart's work, Schwartz's value circumplex) and a critique of cultural dimensions; the self across culture, emotion and appraisal across cultures.Cross Cultural Variations in Psychological Findings 2Main topics of study: cultural variations in inter-group relations; national stereotypes; perception; bi-lingualism; theory of mind; concept of self; well-being; personal relationships; acculturation; culture; health and social change.EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGYEvolutionary PsychologyMain topics of study: cognitive adaptationism and domain specificity; environments of evolutionary adaptedness; cross-cultural human universals; selective impairments; social status and reputation; cognitive sexual dimorphism in mate preferences and jealousy; attractiveness and symmetry; gustatory adaptations, social exchange and cooperation; coalitional psychology; interpersonal and coalitional aggression; violence and homicide; spoken language; face recognition and prosopagnosia; functions of the emotions; kinship psychology (recognition, altruism, and inbreeding avoidance); gene-culture co-evolution.Animal Behaviour and Behavioural EcologyMain topics of study: levels of analysis, animals as "strategists"; sexual selection: competition for mates; sexual selection: post-copulatory competition; sexual selection: mate choice; parental care and parent-offspring conflict; foraging and predation; comparative reproductive strategies; life history strategy; cooperation and conflict; animal models of psychopathology; sexual differentiation; hormonal regulation of behaviour.PSYCHOANALYTIC STUDIESFoundations of Psychoanalytic StudiesMain topics of study: the origin and development of psychoanalysis; sexuality and the unconscious; neurosis, perversion, psychosis; the foundations of psychoanalytic technique; Freud's case-studies; the second topography; the work of Melanie Klein, Donald W. Winnicott, Jacques Lacan; psychoanalytic theories of psychosis; psychoanalytic views on addiction; the so-called ‘new symptoms' in contemporary society.Symptom and SocietyMain topics of study: Freud's cardinal works on culture and society; the Lacanian concept of the object; recent psychoanalytic developments on the issues of groups, social identity and community life; the relationship between contemporary symptoms and the so-called ‘decline of the paternal function' within Western society; sadism; murder; the representation of violence and the question of ethics; psychoanalytic interpretations of representations of violence (Pasolini's ‘Saló; Lars von Trier's ‘Dogville'; Michael Powell's ‘Peeping Tom').Clinical Interventions in PsychoanalysisMain topics of study: the case-study of the Rat Man; the case-study of the Wolf Man; paradigmatic cases in the psychoanalytic literature; differential diagnosis; the direction of the psychoanalytic treatment; interpretation, transference and countertransference; the position of the analyst; psychoanalysis and suggestion; professional case presentations and their clinical difficulties; a case of auto-erotic asphyxia; psychoanalytic theory development and clinical practice.NEUROIMAGING AND NEUROSCIENCECognitive NeuroscienceMain topics of study: learning and memory; language and the brain; cerebral lateralization and specialization; the control of action; executive functions and frontal lobes; emotional mechanisms; aging, development and plasticity. Practical NeuroimagingMain topics of study: experimental design, with particular reference to EEG, PET and fMRI; operating an MRI scanner, using Siemens SYNGO software; using EEG equipment; data preprocessing; statistical analysis of functional neuroimaging datasets; analysis of structural MRI data; statistical inference; data presentation; project planning and management; safety in neuroimaging practice; ethical issues in neuroimaging.Principles of NeuroimagingMain topics of study: overview of functional neuroimaging techniques (including MRI, EEG, MEG, PET TMS); the course will focus on individual imaging modalities and cover topics such as: historical perspectives, principles of operation, and safety; signal generation and image formation; neuroimaging signals and brain activity; spatial and temporal properties of signals, and noise; comparisons between neuroimaging techniques; combined used of neuroimaging techniques (eg simultaneous fMRI and EEG). Visual NeuroscienceMain topics of study: visual pathways; visual motion and the dorsal stream; biological motion; object recognition and the ventral stream; face recognition; disorders of vision; visual development; visual imagery; visual awareness; synaesthesia; visual attention; neuroaesthetics. These modules may be supplemented by a Guided Study Module. Apart from the compulsory modules, the range of options for the other modules available will vary with staff teaching/research interests. Further details available from the School of Social Sciences websitehttp://www.brunel.ac.uk/about/acad/sss/depts/psychology/postgraduate.Teaching and LearningTeaching methods typically include lectures, seminars and tutorials.AssessmentA variety of assessment methods in used. Most modules are assessed by coursework (usually a term paper), some by examination. Other assignments include oral and poster presentations. A dissertation of up to 15,000 words is also required.CareersThe course provides a training in research skills which can be used for a wide variety of careers, including further study, i.e. PhD. It will also be useful for those who wish to pursue a career in research in an applied area, or for those who are already trained professionals in applied areas who wish to develop their careers eg mental health, prison, human resources, charitable foundations, education. Previous graduates from similar courses include a nurse who went to pursue a PhD, and a teacher who wanted to diversify her skills, practising therapists who wanted to add a new dimension to their careers.

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  • The awardMResHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 4665International course feesGBP 10335
  • The awardMResHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 2330International course feesGBP 5165

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