Postgraduate taught 

Psychological Studies (conversion) MSc

Current Issues In Psychology_Psych Studies PSYCH3003

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course links psychological theory with application in an exploration of a range of important and current topic areas.



Excluded Courses



Classwork 100% consisting of one 3,000 word essay. Students will select one topic from a set of five, corresponding to classroom presentation topics. 

Course Aims

To acquaint the students with the latest and most significant developments in psychological theory and application. To encourage critical evaluation of psychological theory in the context of important applications in a range of scientific and clinical content areas.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


■ Demonstrate awareness of a range of content areas in which psychological theory has made important contributions in guiding fundamental understanding, and applied principles and practice of diagnosis and treatment.

■ Reflect on the impact of psychological research in key areas of application.

■ Discuss how applied work can inform priorities in research, and how curiosity-driven science can translate to applied advances.

■ Evaluate the empirical effectiveness of psychological applications in key areas.

■ Write a critical essay on applications of psychology in at least one area of current societal and scientific importance.

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.