Professional Skills (PGT) PSYCH5017

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course is designed to introduce students to a range of professional skills necessary for a

career in psychological research


2 hours per week.

Requirements of Entry

Typically a 2:1 honours degree in psychology or related discipline.


Students will amass a portfolio of work collating their acquisition of professional skills. The composition of this portfolio to be agreed with the course organiser but will include four items such as: a written CV, a conference poster, a written scientific paper, a spoken research presentation (required), a Web-based home page, a draft grant application, an academic book review.

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

(a) to introduce students to a range of professional skills necessary for a career in psychological research

(b) to familiarise students with the range of opportunities for psychological research careers in universities in the UK and elsewhere, in industry and the sources of available funding for research in psychology.

(c) to provide training in a number of different professional skills such as spoken presentations, written academic papers and conference presentations, CV and Web Home Page preparation, grant proposal writing, book reviews

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course student will be able to :

■ demonstrate an understanding of the range of professional skills required by psychological researchers.

■ demonstrate the necessary skills in spoken presentations of research, writing for scientific publications.

■ identify the career options and funding opportunities available to psychological researchers.

■ present their professional skills in appropriate forms such as CVs and Web home pages

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.