Postgraduate taught 

Psychology (conversion) MSc: Online distance learning

Individual Differences (Conversion) (Online Distance Learning) EDUC5960

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • 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
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop an understanding and critical appreciation of psychological approaches to conceptualising and measuring individual differences.


None - to be developed

Excluded Courses





1. Essay (100%). Students will submit an essay (3000 words) online providing a critical evaluation of an individual difference of their choice

Course Aims

This course aims to:

- Engage students in critical analysis of key concepts in individual differences, including topics such as personality, motivation and emotion, mental health issues (e.g., personality disorders), and intelligence

- Provide opportunities to evaluate the methodological approaches to measuring individual differences

- Critically examine different psychological approaches (e.g., behavioural psychology, positive psychology) that are used to explain how individual differences develop

- Promote an understanding about the complex role of biological, cognitive, and social factors in the psychology of individual differences

- Provide opportunities to engage with and critique empirical studies in individual differences

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

- Demonstrate detailed knowledge of key concepts in the psychology of individual differences 

- Critically examine different psychological approaches to the study of individual differences

- Explain the complex role of biological, cognitive, and social factors in individual differences

- Understand and critique different approaches to the measurement of individual differences

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.