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Undergraduate modules

Year 3:
Third year options offered may change depending on academic staff availability. Below are examples of modules that have run, The full module outlines (link at the bottom of the page) give more detail and information for a specific academic year.
Clinical Related Options
Perspectives in Clinical and Counselling Psychology

This module is designed to introduce students to the field of adult mental health. It will illustrate how psychological models can be applied to psychological problems in clinical settings. Material will be presented in terms of diagnostic categories, as well as aetiology, therapeutic techniques and outcomes according to various current and historic theoretical paradigms. The module will take a predominantly applied approach, linking psychological theory to clinical practice for a number of psychological disorders/clinical issues.

Developmental Psychopathology

Why are some infants difficult? Why do some children develop problems such as depression and others not? This module is an advanced course focusing on the development of problems or disorders that have their onset in infancy, childhood or adolescence. In Developmental Psychopathology the diagnostic features are described, explore the antecedents of these disorders and try to understanding the processes involved in their development. Furthermore we will look at the long term consequences of childhood problems in adult life.

Sleep and Health

Sleep is essential for survival, and yet the importance of sleep is often overlooked in modern societies where sleep deprivation is a common phenomenon. This course will take you on a little journey through the science of sleep, learning about what sleep is and how it works. We will look at the effect of sleep on performance and the association of sleep with mental and physical health. We will also look at the application of psychological theories to the understanding and treatment of chronic insomnia. As the study of sleep cuts across scientific disciplines, you will be encouraged to examine sleep and insomnia as a public health issue, through the lens of psychology, medicine and epidemiology.

Issues in Families and Development

Children can face many circumstances which may challenge their development. For example, how do children cope with the symptoms of ADHD? Are their social skills affected by being raised by same-sex parents? Issues in families and development examines children growing up in unusual situations, either because of their family type (adoption, single parents, lesbian or gay families), or because of a disorder within the child (autism, ADHD, language impairment or hearing loss). We explore the short-term and long-term impact of these factors on child development, and consider ways in which support can reduce potential problems.

Other Options
Psychology of Ageing

With the proportion of older people in the population steadily increasing, there is growing interest among researchers, medical practitioners, and policy makers in the capabilities and psychological functioning of older people. This module provides the opportunity to study cognition in this important, but often neglected, section of society. We scrutinise some of the methods and theories that have been used to study human ageing, we discuss results of studies examining age-related effects from sensory processes to intellectual functioning, and we consider the consequences (for both patient and carer) of dementia.

Body Perception: Neurons to Experience

How do we perceive our body – its internal state, its condition, its movement, posture, and its orientation with respect to the environment? This module aims to develop understanding of how we sense, perceive and experience the body and its relationship to the environment. The module will introduce behavioural phenomena, illusory percepts, subjective experiences and neural mechanisms associated with proprioception (perception of body posture, movement and exertion of physical effort), interoception (perceiving and sensing the body’s internal state), and spatial orientation perception (perception of the body’s orientation and motion relative to the environment). The neurophysiological basis of bodily perception will be described in detail, what illusory percepts can tell us about body perception will be discussed, and the multimodal nature of body perception will be explicated. Practical applications of body perception and sensation in sport, health and wellbeing, and vehicular control (particularly aviation and space flight) are emphasized.

Theory and Research on Emotion

It is easy to see why emotions are an important part of human behaviour- in fact, it is difficult to imagine our existence without these ‘irrational’ aspects of everyday life. This module provides an introduction into the theories and research around emotions, looking at them mainly from a psychological perspective (i.e. where they are seen as mental processes). It compares emotion to other similar constructs such as mood, well-being, stress, and emotional intelligence, evaluating their importance on our understanding of the concepts involved. Lastly, we will explore other areas where emotions play a strong applied role, such as in mental health, psychotherapy, the workplace, or simple, everyday facets of our lives. Specific topics could include the roles of individual emotions (e.g., happiness, shame, aggression, compassion), or areas where emotions have important applied function (i.e., sport, culture, leadership, mobbing).

Behaviour Change

How do advertisers control your thoughts? How do cult leaders influence their flocks? The module aims to develop our scientific understanding of the principles of persuasion and influence, as applied to marketing, everyday behaviour, psychotherapy, interpersonal communication and negotiation. In addition, this module aims to help provide students with a means to identify and evaluate persuasive content, to protect themselves from malign persuasive communication, and to create persuasive messages of their own.

To see some exciting work undertaken by our third year students follow the link below:

Some work by our third year students

Nonverbal Behaviour

Gesturing is an important part of the way we communicate. In Theoretical Issues in Nonverbal Behaviour, you will learn how different theories provides answers to questions such as the following. Why do people gesture while talking on the phone? Why do people from different cultures gesture differently? Can we use babies' gestural behaviours to predict how their language will develop in the future? How do chimpanzee gestures and human gestures differ from each other? You will learn the contents not only through lectures but also through discussion groups and video-analysis practicals.

Final Year Project

An opportunity to carry out a piece of research in partnership with a member of academic staff. You spend the year developing a research question, designing a study to investigate it, gathering and analysing the data, and writing a report to a professional standard. You have access to department laboratories and are supported at all stages of the project. Topics investigated range widely across the discipline of psychology, and examples of recent titles can be found here [link here please to project presentations file]].You will be encouraged to work with a specialist in your chosen area, but you can also choose to work on a theme of your own and receive full support.

The Third Year Project exercises the full range of intellectual and practical skills you develop throughout the degree, and is a wonderful way to demonstrate your accomplishment. It is the most challenging, the largest single piece of work, but also the most satisfying and exciting part of the course.


(Please note: Modules shown above are not guaranteed to run in a particular academic year and academic staff availability will determine module teaching)

Read the full module outlines