Psychology as a science (C8511)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

This module is the first in our series of four research methods (core) modules. This module primarily focusses on the scientific method: why the scientific method is important, how psychologists conduct sound scientific studies, how we create measurable research questions. You will also be given opportunities to refine their skills for summarising and visualising data. Ethical issues for conducting experimental research will also be discussed.


38%: Lecture
63%: Practical


50%: Coursework (Computer-based examination, Professional log, Report)
50%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 32 hours of contact time and 118 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.