First Class Meeting: There was an introductory meeting on Thursday, 14 September, at 4pm in F21 (7 George Square). This was followed by a welcome reception in the basement concourse.
Well, you made it to Year 4 - well done and good luck wrapping up your degree! (And if you're an intercalated medic, welcome - we're happy to have you with us for a year!)
The general aim of courses offered in Final Year Psychology is to provide students with an opportunity to acquire specialist knowledge and high level academic skills in a research-rich environment across a range of areas within psychology. You should be able to tailor this teaching in relation to your individual interests, academic backgrounds, and preferred ways of working.
The lecture course consists of 19 options from which final honours candidates select those they wish to study, the number selected being dependent on the degree taken (single or combined honours, etc). These options are specialist courses which are closely related to staff members’ current research interests and vary in method of presentation, breadth vs. depth of coverage and in their detailed aims and objectives. Details of these courses can be found in the "Optional Courses" section of this handbook. In many courses, there are student presentations and seminars, and it is the expectation that if you have selected a course, you are willing to provide this input as a course requirement.
The tutorial course involves group tutorials, with different members of teaching staff, across two blocks of teaching. While the course is likely to be helpful in writing the general paper, providing such help is not its focus. The aim of these tutorials is to get students to think critically about psychology in general, to provide practice in presentation, discussion and essay-writing skills, and to provide opportunities for students to explore in depth important issues that arise both from the staff member’s fourth year option and other areas of psychology (e.g. questions that might be set on a general or essay paper). Further information about this course can be found later in the handbook.
The Honours dissertation is based on an original research project, normally undertaken as a member of a pair but written up as individual separate theses. The aim of the research project and thesis is to give students experience of the challenges and practicalities of undertaking a significant piece of research; to give them the opportunity to apply, combine and extend the research skills learned in earlier years; and to provide practice in the verbal and written presentation of research material, particularly relevant for those intending to continue in psychology.