Professional Skills (PGT Conv) PSYCH5030

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The course seeks to support students in identifying and reflecting on existing skills to enhance opportunities in line with future career goals.


Weekly two hour lectures over five week period.

Requirements of Entry

Standard University entry requirements for Post-graduate courses apply.


Students will collate an individual portfolio of work demonstrating their acquisition of professional skills and the course ILOs. The composition of this portfolio will include three exercises comprising:

■ Two exercises from a choice of five employability areas: CV and application development; volunteer/intern experience (reflection document); science communication (online blog writing/poster/infographic/multi-media); open science (evaluation of open science practices); graduate attributes and goal setting (reflective exercise) [each worth 40%]. One of these two exercises should be chosen from the following employability areas: CV and application development; science communication (online blog writing/poster/infographic/multi-media), open science (evaluation of open science practices). The other exercise can be chosen from any of the five employability areas.

■ Written exercise reflecting on their rationale for their choice of exercises for the portfolio and a reflection on how the activities developed their professional skills [20%].

Course Aims

To provide the opportunity for students to assess and reflect on their existing skills and experiences, across the programme to date, and to support students in identifying further development needs.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate an understanding of the range of professional skills required for graduate careers.

■ Identify the career options and/or post graduate study opportunities available to psychology graduates.

■ Develop and reflect on graduate attributes and employability.

■ Present their professional skills in appropriate forms such as CV and application/online blog writing/infographic/open science evaluation.

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.