University of Essex

University of Essex

Advanced Psychology

The course provides advanced and specialist training across a broad range of core psychology areas, such as developmental psychology, neuroscience and neuropsychology perception and cognition and social psychology. There is a substantial independent research project and the option to take a series of team-based mini-projects that focus on increasing work-related skills and confidence, by applying graduate psychology research skills to real world and work-related problems. There is also a wide range of optional modules in psychology and across the university that provide training in a diverse array of subjects in or related to psychology.

Entry requirements

Our applicants should have a 1st, 2.1 or high 2.2 degree, or equivalent, in psychology, linguistics or a related discipline. If English is not your 1st language, then we require IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules: Research project; special topics in individual differences and developmental psychology; special topics in neuroscience and neuropsychology; special topics in perception and cognition; special topics in social psychology. Optional modules include: Advanced cognitive development; advanced reading development and dyslexia; advertising (commerce and creativity); cognitive neuropsychology of language; critical literature review; formative debates in criminology; fundamentals of neuroscience and neuropsychology; interviewing and qualitative data analysis; methods in cognitive neuroscience; natural resources; neuropsychology of perception and attention; psychoanalysis of groups and organisations; psychoanalytic theory; psychology at work and in the real world; psychosocial perspectives on human rights; research management; sustainability; thinking psychoanalytically.

Assessment methods

The exact format of an exam varies from module to module. However, full-year modules are most often examined using a 3-hour examination and half-year modules by a 2-hour examination. Furthermore, half-modules will either be assessed by an essay-based examination, in which you must answer 3 from 6 questions, or by a multiple choice paper. Half-modules are often assessed by requiring you to write 2 essays from a choice of 5 (or 6). For some modules, there may be restrictions, for example a paper may be split into sections and you may be required to answer at least one question from each section. There is also a 10,000-word research project.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,950 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,950 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Wivenhoe Park Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

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Graduate Administrator
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