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.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 32 hours of contact time and about 118 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.


This module is offered on the following courses: