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Unit information: Advanced Research Project in 2018/19

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Unit name Advanced Research Project
Unit code PSYCM0053
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Benton
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Psychological Science
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences


This unit comprises carrying out and writing up an original research project based on empirical investigations carried out by the student, with guidance from the project supervisor.

The aims of this unit are to build on the Year 1 and Year 2 Units on Psychological Experiments and Statistics, and the Year 3 Research Project, and for students to carry out their own research study in psychology.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, a student will be able to:

  1. Compose an appropriate research question that requires the application of advanced quantitative, qualitative and/or mixed methods as techniques in contemporary psychological science.
  2. Demonstrate initiative in the design, development and enquiry required to address the research question.
  3. Design accurate techniques and demonstrate personal responsibility and self-direction in conducting an empirical investigation in psychology.
  4. Evaluate solutions to a research problem and demonstrate practical insight to the analysis of data.
  5. Justify the interpretation of research findings and arrange a research report appropriate to psychological science.
  6. Appraise research problems and solutions for a non-specialist audience.

Teaching details

Independent (and optional group) work with supervisor.

Assessment Details

Final unit mark based on project (100%).

Reading and References

These will be specific to the project being undertaken.