Research Experience

The details
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
06 November 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC C80612 Research Methods in Psychology,
MPHDC80048 Psychology,
PHD C80048 Psychology,
MSCIC998 Psychology with Advanced Research Methods,
MSCICB98 Psychology with Advanced Research Methods (Including Placement Year),
MSCICB99 Psychology with Advanced Research Methods (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

This module is an empirical investigation into an area of Psychology, leading to the production of a written report resembling research reviews published in Psychology journals. Student will gain first-hand experience of behavioural methods and/or research techniques chosen in agreement with their placement supervisor(s).

The unique aspect of this module is the focus on obtaining an in-depth understanding of a placement-specific research method (e.g., a psychological paradigm or research technique) through reading, discussion and application. There is no specific requirement for data collection beyond that which may be necessary for comprehensive understanding of the application of a paradigm or technique.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To develop in students the skills and knowledge to design, execute and write up empirical research under the guidance of a supervisor.

  • To make students aware of the ethical issues underlying psychological experimentation.

  • To develop students' skills and knowledge of statistics and psychological methodology.

  • To gain experience of and feedback on oral presentation.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Understand research design in empirical research.

  2. Apply knowledge of statistics and psychological methodology.

  3. Have direct experience of performing psychological research.

  4. Have an awareness of ethical issues underling psychological experimentation.

  5. Provide an oral presentation.

  6. Experience of written reporting of psychology research methods.

  7. Show evidence of the above through professional conduct and commitment to a research project

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • Personal supervision.

Personal supervision will include contribution to research group meetings in the form of contributing to discussion of reading list materials, experimental design, application of techniques and analysis of data.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Oral Presentation    20% 
Coursework   Written Review  03/05/2024  20% 
Coursework   Conduct and Commitment  03/05/2024  20% 
Coursework   Reflection  03/05/2024  20% 
Coursework   Logged Hours  03/05/2024  20% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Alex Sel, email:
Academic staff in the Department of Psychology



External examiner

Dr Alexander Jones
Middlesex University
Senior lecturer
Available via Moodle
Of 4 hours, 4 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


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