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Psychology Research Project (PGT) (SOCIAL) PSYCH5098P

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • 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 intended for students registered on the four year training programme 'PhD with Integrated Study in Computing Science and Psychology' as part of an early exit award only.


The aim of the project is 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.


Regular supervisory meetings to be arranged.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





This course is assessed 100% by dissertation.

Course Aims

The aim of the project is to enable students to carry out a substantial, independent project at PGT level; to give the 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, data collection and conduct adequate analyses, write up, visualise 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

Regular attendance at supervisory meetings, demonstration of research results, submission of a dissertation.