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PS201 - Individual Differences

  • Module code: PS201
  • Module name: Individual Differences
  • Department: Psychology
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module examines research and theory in personality, intelligence, and the methods used in studying individual differences. The module extends the work begun in PS111 without repeating it, and satisfies the requirements for the British Psychological Society’s Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR). The aim is to give students an insight into the ways in which theory and research on intelligence and personality theory have developed, sometimes in competition and sometimes in cooperation.

Principal learning outcomes

"At the end of the module students should be able to: understand the basic units of personality as set out in psychodynamic, biological, cognitive, humanistic-existential-interpersonal, and social-constructionist theories; understand the basic units of intelligence; critically evaluate the main research programmes in each of these areas; have an understanding of the goals of multiple regression, factor analysis, and Q-sort procedures; understand parallels in the development of research and theory into individual differences in personality and intelligence; articulate and comment upon the nature of the main controversies in each of these areas of research; be familiar with some of the applications of personality and intelligence theories. "

Timetabled teaching activities

"Length of module: 12 weeks. One lecture per week; one seminar per fortnight. Attendance at lectures and seminars is compulsory. "

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: PS201-15)
D1 (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 33%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 67%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Undergraduate Psychology (C800) - Year 2
Optional Core


  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (VL78) - Year 2
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (VL78) - Year 3
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (with Intercalated year) (VL79) - Year 4