Psychology Project - PSYC6002

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 6 45 (22.5) Joachim Stoeber checkmark-circle


All students are required to carry out a piece of psychological research on a specific topic, and to then present it as a report that adheres to the conventions of academic Psychology.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 42.5
Private study hours: 407.5
Total study hours: 450


Core to these programmes :
• Psychology
• Psychology with a Placement Year
• Psychology with Studies in Europe
• Social Psychology

Method of assessment

Main Assessment Methods:
Project (5,000 words) (80%)*
pre-registration assignment (1,800 words) (15%)
Professional Conduct (5%)
*This element is pass compulsory and must be passed to achieve the learning outcomes of the module.

Reassessment methods: Like-for-like.

Indicative reading

The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages (

• Forshaw , M. (2007). Easy statistics in Psychology: a BPS guide. Blackwell.
• Horst, J. (2015). The Psychology Research Companion: from student project to working life. Routledge.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module you will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of relative advantages and disadvantages of alternative research methods and designs. Where relevant, demonstrate acquisition of more advanced skills in research techniques and data collection.
2. Demonstrate an ability to adhere to rigorous procedure when collecting and / or coding data.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues relating to research with human participants.
4. Demonstrate an ability to organise and manipulate complex data or research evidence, match statistical or other analytical techniques to the research question and evidence available, and implement more robust analytical techniques commensurate with the awarded credits.

Generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module you will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an ability to develop literature search and writing skills.
2. Demonstrate the ability to solve problems through independent learning and generate ideas about directions for future research.
3. Demonstrate a development of intellectual and professional skills, such as critical reflection/evaluation, and time-management.
4. Demonstrate transferable skills relating to numeracy, information technology, working with others, communication, problem solving, and independent learning.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 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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