Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


The module provides a comprehensive overview of the main theories in personality and differential psychology and introduces a number of key topics in research on personality and individual differences. We will consider what personality is, why it differs between people, and what the impact is of personality on life outcomes. The module introduces students to the basic principles of the scientific study of personality and the major dimensions of personality variation. We examine personality change and stability, the biological bases, and genetic and environmental influences. We will also focus on other important individual differences such as mental abilities (intelligence), political attitudes, religious beliefs and sexuality.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 25
Private study hours: 125
Total study hours: 150


Not available as an elective module. Not available to short-term credit students.

Method of assessment

Research Proposal 2,000 words 40%
Examination 2 hours 60%

Reassessment methods
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Indicative reading

Ashton, M. C. (2013). Individual Differences and Personality (2nd ed.). London: Academic Press
Ashton, M. C. (2017). Individual Differences and Personality (3rd ed.). London: Academic Press

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Demonstrate knowledge of personality theories
8.2 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the research methods used in the measurement of personality and in the prediction of behaviour from personality
8.3 Demonstrate an Integrative understanding of personality theories.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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