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Final Year Project

University of Warwick

Department of Psychology 2021/22

Module Code:


Module Name:

Final Year Project

Module Credits (CATS):


Module Convener

James Adelman

Module Teachers

Supervisors: Members of academic staff

Module Aims

  • to develop students' research skills

  • to provide experience in carrying out psychological research with appropriate supervision

  • to develop data analysis skills and key skills such as communication, time management, and working with others

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Understand and critically evaluate relevant existing research

  • Formulate a testable hypothesis or research question and set it in the context of the existing research literature

  • Design, plan, and carry out a piece of empirical research within a defined period

  • Appreciate the ethical context of psychological research

  • Analyse and present data

  • Draw appropriate conclusions from a piece of empirical research

  • Recognise the theoretical, practical, and methodological implications and limitations of their research communicate research findings orally and in a written report

Assessed by:

Oral presentation & research project report.

Module Work Load

Module Length

22 Weeks




No Seminars, but regular Supervisions


Lectures are compulsory

Module Assessment

Assessed work:

Oral Presentation

Research Project Report




Module Programme

  • submission of project outline agreed and signed by the supervisor

  • submission of ethical approval form, approved and signed by the supervisor

  • carrying out project

  • attend PS302 lectures as required

  • meet with supervisor as required

  • oral presentation of project

  • submission of raw data and written report of project

Module Reading List

Your main reading will be primary sources such as refereed journal articles and chapters in edited books. Some initial guidance on papers to read may come from your supervisor or from textbooks, but you are expected to search research databases to find material for yourself, as taught earlier in the course. This independent secondary research is a vital part of your third-year project that should complement and inform the primary research; you should expect to spend a considerable amount of time reviewing material to inform your design and to consider for inclusion in the write-up.

The following offer background information on writing up research in the expected journal article style, which should build on your experience and knowledge from first- and second-year projects and methods classes.

Bem, D. (2002). Writing the empirical journal article. In J. M. Darley, M. P. Zanna, & H. L. Roediger III (Eds.), The Compleat Academic: A Career Guide. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. Sternberg, R. J., & Sternberg, K. (2010). The Psychologist's Companion: A Guide to Scientific Writing for Students and Researchers (5th edition). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Wood, C., Giles, D., & Percy, C. (2009). Your Psychology Project Handbook: Becoming a Researcher. Harlow: Prentice Hall