Cognitive Psychology (C8551)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

Cognitive Psychology is the study of the mind: the science of how we think.

This module will provide you with a broad overview of Cognitive Psychology, which may include topics such as:

  • perception
  • attention
  • memory
  • language
  • thinking
  • individual differences in cognition.

Practicals and workshops provide you with experiential learning through participation in experiments, using key experimental techniques. You will also practice the evaluative and creative problem-solving skills needed to carry out cognitive psychological research, and to discuss its theoretical and real-world importance.


73%: Lecture
27%: Practical


30%: Coursework (Essay)
70%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 120 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: