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Unit information: Apprenticeship in Psychological Research in 2019/20

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Unit name Apprenticeship in Psychological Research
Unit code PSYCM0043
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Jeff Brunstrom
Open unit status Not open




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


This unit provides students with an apprenticeship in psychological research. Taking their research interests into account, you will be assigned to a research group of an academic member of staff within the School of Experimental Psychology, and contribute to the design, implementation, and dissemination of ongoing research carried out in that research group.

The aims of the unit are to learn about and provide critical insight into the process of conducting psychological research in a real-world application.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the types of practical challenges that researchers experience when conducting psychological research.
  2. Explain the process for the recruitment of participants.
  3. Illustrate the ways in which a research project might by improved in the future.
  4. Communicate an overview of findings from a research project in a presentation.

Teaching details

Lectures (including a laboratory induction) and part-time research assistance.

Assessment Details

2000-word research portfolio (100%).

Reading and References


American Psychological Association (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Clark-Carter, D. (1997). Doing quantitative psychological research: From design to report. Hove, UK: Psychology Press.

Recommended and further reading will be made available through Blackboard.