Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), this is a specialist conversion course designed for non-Psychology graduates who wish to pursue a career as a psychologist. It confers eligibility for students to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS, which is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
You’ll gain a thorough grounding in core psychological theories and methodologies, as well as their origins, history and development.
You’ll be taught by our highly respected and experienced course team, which includes Chartered Members and Associate Fellows of the BPS on the Register of Qualified Level A Psychometric Practitioners and those who sit on the Board of the Psychology Teaching Review. Please note staff may be subject to change. Their teaching excellence has been recognised as Associate Fellows, Fellows or Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
Why Coventry University?
An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.
The course has been designed to meet the accreditation criteria of the British Psychological Society (BPS) to confer eligibility to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) on successful completion.
You will have the opportunity to build the knowledge and skills necessary to fully appreciate the depth and breadth essential to the study of psychology, encompassing traditional and contemporary psychological models, theories and methodologies. Some of the specialist modules allow us to look at how psychology is applied in specific contexts. For example, the ‘Applied Psychology’ module considers its impact within the modern-day world – in counselling, clinical, forensic, educational, sport, work and health psychology.
We place a significant emphasis on professional research methods, providing you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in planning, carrying out, analysing and writing about research in applied psychology. You should gain a sophisticated awareness of problems, issues and ethics in applied research in psychology, such as evaluating a counselling intervention to target victims of domestic violence or considering whether it is acceptable to trick (deceive) participants. You will also have the chance to conduct a number of practical research exercises and will produce an extensive piece of independent research on a topic of your choice – this could include anything from understanding the variables that influence attribution of blame towards rape victims to the pre- and post-entry barriers to disabled individuals obtaining senior management positions.
Throughout the course you will have the chance to develop transferrable skills, such as IT, group work, communication, report writing, numeracy and presentation skills.
Why choose this course?
Psychology centres on the scientific study of the human mind and all aspects of behaviour in individuals, groups or organisations, as well as the thoughts, feelings and motivations underlying that behaviour. It performs a vital role in society, assisting people or organisations facing all sorts of problems and challenges, working with them to bring about positive change. If you are interested in why people think and behave in certain ways, then this is the course for you.
You’ll be given the chance to gain an insight into behaviour from a variety of perspectives in the core fields of cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, history and philosophy of psychology, individual differences, psychobiology and social psychology.
Aiming to provide a comprehensive understanding and application of psychological theory and research, you’ll explore qualitative and quantitative research methods in order to help you to conduct your own empirical research project, which have previously covered a broad array of topics that have sometimes resulted in publication in peer-reviewed journals. For example, past research projects have ranged from the relationship between body mass and self-esteem in women, to game immersion as an escape from stress, the impact of the home environment on children’s literacy development and child refugees’ experiences of living in the UK.
Our innovative teaching and learning incorporates numerous active learning methods to encourage your participation and deepen your understanding of specific subjects. 100% of students found our Psychology courses intellectually stimulating in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2020. We will explore diverse, often fascinating, subjects, such as the nature of pain or whether non-human animals can acquire language. We also frequently touch on topical issues, for example, the differences between bullying and cyber-bullying or whether hostage and crisis negotiation should be used if the subjects are mentally ill.
You’ll be taught by staff with extensive professional psychological experience, some of whom are committee members of BPS Sections, such as Qualitative Methods and Social Psychology. Recent staff projects have ranged from expectancy and placebo effects in alcohol and other drugs to psychometric test development and validation, from analysing personality traits and coping styles in UK police officers to the varieties of developmental dyslexia in Greek children. Please note staff may be subject to change.
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