Research Principles and Methods
This unit will introduce students to the principles and practice of research and evaluation will allow them to develop a critical overview of various methodologies. The content will allow students to make comparisons between different quantitative and qualitative modes of investigation and review the ethical, legal and political issues in the research process. Reflection and reflexivity in the research process will be encouraged. Students will be introduced to computing and information technology and how to undertake a literature searching strategy. They will develop a research question and write a research proposal/protocol. Additionally, they will review descriptive and inferential statistics and hypothesis testing. Lastly, students will review methods of qualitative and quantitative data analysis and experience interpreting the results of data analysis.
Service Evaluation and Development Research Dissertation
This unit will develop and apply independent clinically relevant research skills. It is related to applied psychology, social and personal change and to best practice in services.
Students will identify research questions, prepare an evaluation proposal and submit these to the Department of Psychology Postgraduate Ethics Committee for approval along with risk assessment appraisals and letters of authorisation from external bodies, prior to commencing the work. Students will design and carry out their evaluation study under the supervision of a member of staff in collaboration with a suitable service. All projects will involve collection of empirical data. Research may utilise whatever method or methods most suitable to address the identified evaluation aims. Depending upon the design of the project, qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods approaches could be used. Collaborations with external agencies are likely to be required. Teaching is mainly via one to one supervision or group supervision (where appropriate). This enables students to develop research skills and use supervision sessions appropriately at the different stages of research.
Illness, Disability and Long-Term Conditions
How can we best understand illness, disabilities and long-term health conditions and use health psychology to promote wellness within illness? In this unit we will explore the experience and impacts of illness for individuals and those around them, before turning to health psychology’s role in developing and evaluating interventions to help improve people’s experience and management of conditions.
Biological Mechanisms and Neuropsychological Health
How do psychosocial factors get ‘under the skin’ to influence our health? This unit will focus on the associations between physiological and psychological processes, building a critical understanding of the multifaceted, bidirectional relationships and processes involved, with a particular focus on neuropsychology.
Understanding and Changing Health Behaviour
Which psychological factors best predict our health-related decisions and actions and what kind of interventions can change these, for individuals, groups or societies? In this unit we will critically appraise theories and models of health behaviour and learn key approaches to behaviour change intervention design, testing and evaluation particularly for use in promoting health.
Healthcare and Communities
When it comes to health behaviours and health outcomes, why does where you live, your income or gender matter? In this unit, we look at the big picture, including the social determinants of health and health inequalities and health psychology’s historical and current role in the changing face of healthcare in the 21st century.
Health Psychology Practice
Health psychology may be the fastest growing branch of psychology, but what does a health psychologist working in applied research or practice do and what skills are needed? This unit will focus on your reflective development as a trainee health psychology professional and knowledge and skills to help you progress to further training and professional roles in health psychology.