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PSYC6086 Research Apprenticeship in Psychology

Module Overview

They key objective of this module is to give students hands-on experience in conducting psychological research. Student will become fully immersed in the day-to-day running of a research laboratory in psychology, from design phase to the publication phase of the research cycle. By the end of the module, students will be able to: * Conceive and design research in psychology (any area) * Identify relevant research questions and generate testable hypotheses * Collect data to answer research questions and test hypotheses * Process data to make them amenable to statistical analysis * Carry out statistical analyses to test research hypotheses * Produce a research report for the purpose of communicating the findings to a wider audience. * Work as part of a team. * Provide constructive feedback to facilitate on-going research activity within the laboratory

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Weekly research experience logged in a log-book for all agreed activities.
  • Reflection on the research design, conduct, analysis and/or dissemination presented in a reflective report.


Students will participate actively within active research laboratories within the Psychology academic unit. They will receive formal, close supervision and support from a designated laboratory supervisor. By becoming fully immersed in the day-to-day life of the laboratory, students will also receive support and guidance from other laboratory members.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The aims and learning outcomes will be achieved by allowing students to become fully immersed in the day-to-day activities of research laboratories with the Psychology academic unit. Students will be assigned a primary supervisor within the laboratory but will work as part of a team, becoming active collaborators in both new and on-going research projects.

Independent Study150
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Attendance and engagement 50%
Laboratory Report  (2000 words) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Attendance and engagement 50%
Laboratory Report 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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