Postgraduate taught 

Psychological Studies (conversion) MSc

Cognitive Psychology (PGT Conv) EDUC5838

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course will provide participants with an understanding of the main theoretical and empirical issues within contemporary cognitive psychology.


One hour weekly lectures for 11 weeks of semester and four one hour seminars.

Excluded Courses




1. Exam (70%). Students will sit a one hour final exam.

2. Portfolio (30%). Students will complete an online learning portfolio for online submission (approximately 1,000 words).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:


- provide participants with an overview of the key principles, theories, methods and research in classical and contemporary cognitive psychology

- promote an understanding of the interrelationships between different aspects of cognition
- critically review contemporary research on cognition and its development.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:
- Describe and evaluate the key concepts and main theoretical models relating to perception, attention, memory and thinking and reasoning

- Provide a comparative analysis of competing models of human cognition

- Discuss ways in which theory and research within cognitive psychological theory can inform practice

- Identify ethical issues raised when conducting cognitive research

- Identify and apply appropriate research methods within cogn
itive psychology

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits