Psychology (conversion award & distance learning)
See the world differently without any prior psychology experience with this qualification accredited by the British Psychological Society.
About the Psychology (conversion award & distance learning) Postgraduate course
Better understand people and the world around you on this flexible course.
Whether you are already working in psychology, looking to forge a new career in the scientific study of people, the mind and behaviour or want to boost your prospects in any number of industries, a qualification accredited by the British Psychological Society can open up countless doors.
Requiring no prior knowledge of psychology, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of this challenging but stimulating discipline. You will explore theoretical and methodological approaches and analyse cognitive, educational, forensic, clinical and health psychology. You will learn established practical research techniques so you can observe the real world and collect and collate data effectively.
A distance learning course allows you to study from wherever you are in the world, and the flexible nature of this course means you will be able to fit your studies around your other commitments.
Rest assured, you will not be studying alone - you will take part in a week-long residential where you will work alongside your peers in workshops and experiments.
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MODULES & LEARNING
Develop an understanding of major theoretical and methodological approaches within developmental, social and individual differences psychology.
Gain an overview of research designs and their advantages and disadvantages. Learn how to identify research aims, select a sample and ensure your research is ethical.
Build upon the knowledge developed in the Psychological Research & Statistics module and develop expertise in research design, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis methods.
Demonstrate research, project management and problem-solving skills and illustrate an ability to think independently.
Critically examine and debate some of the major areas of current research interests centred on social, developmental and related individual differences psychology.
Investigate the cognitive and biological basis of memory, thinking, learning, emotion and consciousness in humans and, where there is evidence, examine some of these processes in animals.
Understand the different routes to chartered psychologist status and develop a personal portfolio and career plan.
Critically examine some of the major areas of current research interests and debate in the area of social, developmental and related individual differences psychology.
Although this is a distance learning course, you will be able to use our dedicated lab facilities should you need to when working on your dissertation. This course offers the opportunity to study for an accredited qualification that might otherwise not be possible because of your location, work or family commitments.
While other distance learning courses might require you to be on campus once a week, this course only requires your attendance for a one-week residential, where you will develop your support networks, share knowledge with your peers and demonstrate your communication skills. The flexible nature of this course means you can also slow the pace of your learning to fit with your other commitments, although you will have to complete the course within six years.
Because this is a distance learning course, you will not be charged our standard international student fees if you are from outside the EU.
NB: In order to gain accreditation from The British Psychological Society (BPS), you must attend a short summer school on campus. For further information, please contact the Course Leader.
Dr Lydia Windisch Dr Lydia WindischCourse DirectorLydia is a cross-cultural psychologist, with particular research interests in acculturation processes, the effects of discrimination, and family functioning. While completing her PhD in Psychology at Monash University, Australia, Lydia worked as a Researcher and Lecturer in marketing departments. Amongst researching more traditional areas of marketing such as brands and product placement, Lydia also looked at materialism, corporate reputation, health marketing, and corporate social responsibility.
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