Psychology as a science (C8511)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

This is the first in a series of four core research method modules.

This module primarily focuses 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 your skills for summarising and visualising data. Ethical issues for conducting experimental research will also be discussed.


50%: Lecture
50%: Practical


50%: Coursework (Computer-based examination, Portfolio, Report)
50%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 44 hours of contact time and about 106 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 2024/25. 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: