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MScAdvanced Psychology

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
Tuition fee £14,950.00 per year
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Explore the real-world applications of psychological research, from memory and children’s use of video games to using websites for the public communication of scientific knowledge. On this course, you gain a deeper understanding of the contemporary issues that researchers are addressing today.

Our MSc Advanced Psychology provides specialist training across a broad range of core areas in the field, such as developmental psychology, neuroscience and neuropsychology, perception and cognition, and social psychology.

Since you study the topics our researchers are currently working on, exact themes are determined by staff interests. Examples of topics studied include:

- Mirror neurons and the representation of touch
- Augmenting human memory with technology
- Aggression and solitary behaviour in children
- Communicating emotions in speech
- Trypophobia and the fear of holes
- Facial recognition

Our research is challenging and ground-breaking, with 90% rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014), placing us in the top 15 in the UK. We are supported by some of the most prestigious funding bodies, including the European Commission and the Leverhulme Trust.

We are a warm and friendly Department, and we wish to welcome both psychology graduates who have recently completed their studies, and mature students who may wish to upgrade their qualifications, refresh their CV, or return to academic study after a period of time away from education.

Programme structure

Year 1

Special Topics in Social Psychology
Research Project (MSc)
Special Topics in Individual Differences and Developmental Psychology
Special Topics in Neuroscience and Neuropsychology
Special Topics in Perception and Cognition
Fundamentals of Neuroscience and Neuropsychology (optional)
Research Management (optional)
Cognitive Neuropsychology of Language (optional)
Critical Literature Review (optional)
Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience (optional)
Psychology at Work and in the Real World (optional)
Visual Attention: From lab to life (Advanced) (optional)
Psycho Analytic Theory (optional)
Psychoanalysis of Groups and Organisations (optional)
Psychosocial Perspectives on Human Rights (optional)
Thinking Psychoanalytically (optional)
Advertising: Commerce and Creativity (optional)
Interviewing and Qualitative Data Analysis (optional)
Formative Debates in Criminology (optional)

Career opportunities

With the skills and knowledge you acquire from studying within our Department of Psychology, you will find yourself in demand from a wide range of employers. Our graduates have been employed in clinical psychology, educational psychology, criminal and forensic psychology.

We also have excellent links with the research community; we are recognised by the ESRC as providing excellent postgraduate training and are an accredited Doctoral Training Centre, offering several studentships.

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Application start
Aug 1, 2018
Dec 1, 2018 23:59
Africa/Abidjan time

This is a pre-deadline and we suggest to apply before this date

Primary deadline
Aug 1, 2018 23:59
Africa/Abidjan time

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States