Research Project (PGT) PSYCH5038P

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course is designed to give students the experience of designing and presenting a cutting-edge research

project under close supervision of academic staff in psychological laboratories and writing up the results appropriately for peer-reviewed publication.


Weekly (by designated supervisor)

Requirements of Entry

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



Project Report: 5,000-10,000 word report which describes the research work performed in the

form of a journal paper (90%).

Project Presentation: presentation of project and results followed by discussion (10%)

Main Assessment In: August

Course Aims

To give students the experience of designing, completing, and presenting a cutting-edge research project in psychological laboratories of international standing and writing up the results for peer-reviewed publication.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

- undertake all stages of an original postgraduate level research project in psychology (literature review and critical analysis of theory and research topic, derive original and creative hypotheses, plan and design an empirical study, obtain ethical permission, identify and prepare feasible materials/apparatus, conduct adequate analyses, write up, visualize and disseminate results).

- produce a report upon completion of the project that is equivalent to a research paper submitted to a suitable peer-reviewed journal within the discipline

- disseminate findings in a short presentation and confidently respond to audience questions and discussion in critique of work.

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.