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C84ARP Applied Research Project
(Last Updated:06 September 2017)

Year  16/17

Total Credits: 60

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Postgraduate students in the Divisions of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology and Rehabilitation and Ageing. There is a limited number of places on this module. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice.  Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Taught Semesters:

Full Year Assessed by end of Summer Vacation 

Prerequisites: degree in psychology, or other relevant subject with permission from Head of Division.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  Empirical research project in applied psychology.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 2 weeks1 per week1 hour

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Further Activity Details:
Group-based and individual supervision as determined by supervisors (maximum 10 hours supervision). Total contact time: 10 hours supervision (maximum); self study: about 440 hours.

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Project 1 100 8,000 word Research portfolio 

Professor S Leka

Education Aims:  The project is designed to provide students with the opportunity to engage in, and learn from, supervised project work in applied psychology. The emphasis is on applied research and associated methods in an organisational context.


On completion of this module, students should be able to:

design, manage, analyse and report on an empirical study in applied psychology

understand the social psychological and management skills necessary for the successful completion of such a study

Learning Outcomes:  Knowledge and Understanding of:

How to design a research study

How to secure ethical approval for a research study

How to analyse data

How to write up the study as if for publication in a scientific journal

How to report finding for an external audience

Practical and Professional Skills: written communication, project design, project management, professional/ethical conduct, data analysis, client-focused reporting, the ability to reflect on what the research means to practice.

Transferable skills:retrieve information from databases and the Internet.

Offering School:  Medicine

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