Hello and welcome to Psychology Honours! We’re particularly excited this year, because, after over three years of planning, our new Honours programme is running for the first time. You’ll know of course that the option courses have changed, and are now all 20-credit courses, with a mid-way assessment and early feedback on how you’re doing built in. This letter is to let you know about a couple of other changes which go hand-in-hand with these. We think that taken together, the changes will make the degree more modern, more focused on doing Psychology, and more flexible. We hope you agree.
The Induction lecture slides can be found here
A New PT
Once you’re in Honours things change quite a lot: You spend a lot of time actually in Psychology; you’re expected to do much more self-directed work (for example, on the mini-dissertation); and the types of things you’re likely to want to discuss with your PT (options in Psychology, dissertation work, career planning) are quite different from what you might have discussed in the past. For that reason, you’ll be allocated a new, Honours, PT. This allows us to group students so that PTs can specialise in particular Honours or Joint Honours programmes, and it allows you to get to know another member of staff well (so that, for example, you should have access to at least two referees when you leave University).
Psychology in Action
This is a new core course for Psychology Single Honours students which will give you an opportunity to find out how research happens in academia, place science in a real-world context, and learn skills of science communication. In lectures, online self-study modules, and practical workshops you will study the ecosystem of a project from ethics to outcomes, assess and debate the replication ‘crisis’ and reproducibility, and learn how to engage people in science. In small groups, you will also interview active researchers at the University and report on their work in a short piece meant for non-academic audiences.
Feed back to us!
We said above that we’re excited about the new programme but as it is new we are especially keen to hear your views. There might be teething troubles, or something that looked brilliant on paper might not be so good in practice, or you might have other ideas for improvement. So please feed back to your class reps, or to any of us (see below for who we are and what we do!). If you’re feeling shy, there’s an anonymous feedback box just outside the Head of Department’s office (room G8).
We all hope you have a fantastic Y3, and we’re looking forward to introducing you to the new Y4 programme in 2019.
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