Programme Specification: Part II Psychology
This course is taught by the Department of Psychology. There are two options: 1) Part II Psychology (Psychology); 2) Part II Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience).
- to provide teaching to students via lecture courses from several areas of experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience;
- to provide students with considerable freedom of choice to specialise in particular areas;
- to provide students with a training in experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience which would enable them to subsequently pursue advanced education and/or training in psychology.
At the end of the course, students should have:
- developed conceptual tools required for analysis of mind, brain and behaviour;
- extended their knowledge and understanding of selected topics to the frontiers of research;
- gained experience of psychological research and scientific reporting, through the conduct and writing up of a supervised research project;
- learned and exercised techniques of statistical analysis commonly used in experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience;
- had the opportunity to develop the skills of literature research, critical review and extended expository writing through preparing a dissertation.
Teaching and Learning Methods
These include lectures, statistical classes, project supervision and supervisions on lecture material.
Assessment for this course is through:
- four unseen written examinations, based on the content of lecture courses and statistical classes (for aims 1, 2 and 3 and learning outcomes 1, 2 and 4);
- submission of a practical report of experimental work conducted with the guidance of a supervisor (for aim 3 and learning outcomes 3 and 4);
- an optional dissertation (for aims 2 and 3 and learning outcomes 1, 2 and 5).
Courses of Preparation
Essential: None, although see Subject Summary for requirements for British Psychological Society accreditation.
Recommended: NST Part IB Experimental Psychology or Part IB of the Medical and Veterinary Sciences Tripos. (NST 1B Neurobiology is also considered sufficient preparation for the Cognitive Neuroscience Option)