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Research 1

When you'll study it
Whole Academic Year
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 7
Module lead
Katy Sivyer
Academic year

Module overview

This module has been designed to prepare trainees to undertake the subsequent Research focused module (Research 2) on the DClinPsych Programme. As part of a series of research modules, it provides trainees with knowledge and skills to develop proficiency in the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency 12 and 13.

In the current module, trainees will undertake a small scale research project (SSRP; this project, assessed in Research 2, will comprise an academic research paper) and iteratively prepare a research proposal for the empirical project of their research thesis (the final thesis, assessed in Research 3, will ultimately comprise a bridging chapter, empirical project, and a systematic literature review).

During the first term, trainees will identify a suitable small-scale research project, and explore potential research topics for their thesis and identify possible supervisors (one of whom must be a member of staff at the University, most commonly from within the School of Psychology), all with support from the DClinPsych Research Team.

In the second term, trainees will undertake their SSRP, and will further develop their ideas for their thesis proposal. Later in the term trainees will submit a formative assignment – a bullet point outline of the rationale for their empirical project. Trainees will be given written formative feedback on this outline proposal, to use in their preparation of their summative assignment.

The summative assignment will be submitted in the third term, and will be the full rationale for their empirical project, with detailed description of their study design, methods, data management plan and project timeline (typically in the form of a Gantt chart) .

This will prepare trainees to undertake their doctoral level research projects in years two and three of their DClinPsych studies (within modules Research 2 and Research 3).