University of Buckingham Psychology
University of Buckingham Psychology
The Psychology single honours degree programme is the most popular Psychology programme at Buckingham. It is designed so that students are first introduced to studying Psychology at degree level and the skills required to do so are fostered and developed. In the middle of the programme students cover the core theoretical areas of psychology: biological psychology; cognitive psychology; developmental psychology; individual differences; social psychology; research methods. Finally, towards the end of the programme students can take courses in the areas of practising psychology:
- Business psychology
- Clinical psychology
- Counselling psychology and psychotherapy
- Educational psychology
- Forensic psychology
- Health psychology
- Sports and exercise psychology
This programme is accredited as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS (British Psychological Society), provided the minimum standard of a Second Class Honours is achieved.
Modules available on this course
- Animal Behaviour
- Biological Psychology
- Business Psychology
- Clinical Psychology
- Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology
- Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology
- Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy
- Creative Performance and Expertise
- Developmental Psychology
- Educational Psychology
- Evolutionary Psychology
- Forensic Psychology
- Health Psychology
- Individual Differences
- Introduction to Psychology 1
- Introduction to Psychology 2
- Multivariate Statistics
- Research Methods and Statistics 1
- Research Methods and Statistics 2
- Social Psychology
- Sport and Exercise Psychology
At present, we offer the opportunity to gain a postgraduate degree by research at MSc, MPhil or DPhil level. Study can be on either a full-time or a part-time basis. The minimum periods of study for achieving these research degrees are as follows:
- MSc – 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
- MPhil – 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time
- DPhil – 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time
The Department is extremely research active, and during 2016 we have consolidated our research projects and interests into four main departmental research hubs. All of these research hubs are currently investigating potential interinstitutional collaborations, including with non-academic partners.
This research is led by Dr Alan Martin and relates mainly to children’s understanding and education. There is one DPhil student (just submitted) looking at children’s understanding of science, with another MSc student joining us in January, and there are potential links in the future with Positive Psychology, an area which the Department is moving into.
The ‘CREATE’ research hub (Centre for Research into Expertise Acquisition, Training and Excellence) was originally launched in May 2015 by Dr Philip Fine and Dr Kathryn Friedlander. The main thrust of the centre is the exploration of the drivers of Excellence in Performance (whether cognitive, creative or practice-based). Work in 2016 has focused upon consolidating research into a number of strategic areas: Insight and Creativity; Puzzle-solving; Hobbies, Motivations and Characteristics of Niche Populations; Divergent Thinking and Medical Diagnosis; Time-perception Expertise; Musical Performance Expertise. A new methodology for studying expert populations (the ‘Grounded Expert Components Approach’) was published in May 2016, and has led to external collaborative opportunities; meanwhile, strong connections have been forged internally with the UB Medical School, and several joint research projects are currently under way. In December 2016, a new externally-facing blog (CREATE ᴪ) and associated Twitter account (@createpsy) were launched to highlight CREATE’s research (and that of invited collaborators and colleagues).
Health, Relationships and Well-Being
This research hub, focusing on Health, Relationships and Well-being, relates primarily to the work of Dr Katherine Finlay and Dr Emily Doe. The main aim of the hub is to study the impact of the interpersonal world and support structures on patient health and well-being. This overarching focus has led to the study of prevalence, impact of and psychosocial differences in spinal cord injury, pain management, adolescent health, type 1 diabetes and HIV/AIDS. Together, these studies represent a body of work which seeks to fight patient isolation and to understand health experiences in the context of a social world. A particular aim of the hub is to design downloadable materials, such as patient information leaflets and newsletters, which will allow for the research findings to be demonstrated to patients and their support networks.
The Relationships hub involves diverse research incorporating exploration into Cyberpsychology, Social Inference and Interpersonal Relationships and is coordinated by Dr Shelly Kemp. Cyberpsychology research includes cyberbullying and gaming (led by Dr Masa Popovac) and investigations into Cyber versus real world behaviour (Dr Shelly Kemp). Social Inference research is led by Dr Alan Martin and his two DPhil students: Kirsty Lowe-Brown works on developmental aspects of emotion regulation, and Hannah Murphy works on adult understanding of cognition and emotion. Interpersonal Relationships research, led by Dr Shelly Kemp, incorporates investigation into the biophysiological markers (cortisol) of relationships in terms of dating, rejection, relationship maintenance and break down. The work also includes mental resilience relating to social support (relates to work by DPhil student, Isabelle Nicolas, and Dr Alan Martin and Dr Shelly Kemp).
Admission to the degree is normally on a provisional basis while the candidate, with the help of the supervisor, refines the proposal for the research, including developing a work plan and identifying the requirements for support and resources and how these will be met. Except in cases where a candidate has already demonstrated an ability to conduct research at an advanced level, students are registered initially for the degree of MPhil (Master of Philosophy). Registration is upgraded to DPhil, normally between 12 and 18 months from first registration, once the student has demonstrated through the submission of draft written work that he or she has the ability to conduct research at the advanced level required for the award of the degree.
The period of study required for the award of a DPhil is three years full-time or six years part-time. At the end of this period (or earlier in exceptional cases), the candidate submits a thesis embodying the results of the research. This thesis must demonstrate familiarity with, and an understanding of the subject, its principal sources and authorities. It should display critical discrimination and a sense of proportion in evaluating evidence and the opinions of others. It must also embody an original contribution to the knowledge of the discipline either by the discovery of new knowledge, or by the exercise of a new and independent critical approach. The subject should be dealt with in a competent and scholarly manner.