Psychology Research Participation (Stage 1) - PSYC3130

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn Spring Summer 4 4 (2) Ruben Andre Teixeira Azevedo checkmark-circle


The Research Participation Scheme (RPS) enables students commencing their training in Psychology to gain experience with academic research through participation in studies conducted by staff and other students who are more advanced in their studies (i.e., Final Year, MSc, PhD). Students enrolled in the RPS accumulate credits that correspond to the time spent participating in studies. All studies offered via the RPS have received independent ethical approval and comply with the BPS Code of Human Research Ethics.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 40
Private study hours: 0
Total study hours: 40


Compulsory to all Psychology Undergraduate provision. Non-contributory credits. PASS / FAIL only. Required for progression / award

Method of assessment

Pass/Fail RPS credit collection – Block I Autumn Term 40%
Pass/Fail RPS credit collection – Block II Spring Term 40%
Pass/Fail RPS credit collection – Block III Summer Term 20%

Students who do not wish to participate in studies (due to, but not limited to, personal or ethical reasons) are permitted to complete the RPS requirement by submitting one or more written assignments instead. Each block of the RPS is treated separately and can be completed through an essay.

Reassessment methods: This module will be reassessed by 100% coursework.

Indicative reading

This is a practical participation module, and therefore no reading is required.

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

8.1. Experience and participate in a wide range of practical research studies.

8.2. Reflect upon an understanding of data collection under controlled conditions.

8.3. Use gained experience in future research data collection.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

9.1. Be sensitive to contextual and interpersonal factors

9.2. Use effective personal planning and time keeping skills to attend and undertake studies.

9.3. Use of Information Technology to participate in research data collection.


PASS / FAIL only. Required for progression / award


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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