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 Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 5,665 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 13,950 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months

Campus details

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

Key information

Graduate Administrator
Telephone number: 
01206 872719