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Professional Skills (PGT Conv) PSYCH5030

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • 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 portfolio consisting of these three exercises will comprise 100% of the course grade. 

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 (written reflection); science communication (online blog writing/poster/infographic/multi-media); open science (evaluation of open science practices); graduate attributes and goal setting (written reflection) [each worth 40%].

■ 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 [worth 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/reflective writing.

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.