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Structure

We want to give you the best chance of applying what you learn with Roehampton Online towards your career. That is why we’ve structured your online learning experience to give you regular opportunities to learn from your peers and receive faculty feedback.

All our online masters programmes consist of seven modules and a dissertation, called the Research Project. Each module is 10 weeks long and composed of five learning units. Your first module will include a comprehensive introduction to our online learning platform. Each learning unit is two weeks long. This means you’ll spend two weeks debating, researching and learning about one subject before moving on to the next.

Module outlines

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Introducing Psychology for Today’s World (10 Weeks)

The first module is an introduction to the main conceptual and methodological issues in psychology. This includes the foundations of psychology, ethical thinking and practice, and analytical approaches. It is designed to prepare you for the demands of the programme and increase your understanding of psychology as a science.

In the first week you will focus on getting to know the online classroom through guided activities designed to help you develop essential study skills that you will need throughout your programme.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Confidently navigate the online classroom and perform a range of tasks including submitting assignments, contributing to discussions and viewing your grades
  • Understand psychology as a science
  • Identify and describe research methods in psychology
  • Relate the effect of historical paradigms and research on modern psychology
  • Evaluate the ethical implications of psychological research
  • Summarise the role of data in experimentation and hypothesis testing
  • Compare experimental and social constructivist approaches

Self, Identity and Culture (10 Weeks)

This module introduces you to the distinction between realist and social constructivist approaches in psychology, in the context of self and identity. It equips you with the tools and arguments needed for a critical analysis of traditional psychological approaches. You’ll be encouraged to develop reflective and critical skills by contrasting different approaches to self and identity throughout the module.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Understand the main theoretical and critical perspectives related to self, identity and culture
  • Evaluate the role of autobiographical memory and social remembering on identity
  • Assess theories of gender development, ethnicity and culture
  • Explore how prejudice and discrimination can be prevented
  • Evaluate the role of verbal and non-verbal communication in identity
  • Design and conduct qualitative research ethically

Making Sense of the World (10 Weeks)

This module aims to give you a comprehensive grasp of the biological, cognitive and social processes that make an individual. By integrating these topics, you’ll gain a holistic understanding of the individual and how individuals make sense of the world.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Understand the structure and function of the human nervous system and its links to psychological functioning
  • Understand interactions between biological systems and behaviour
  • Explore current theories on social cognition and mental-state attribution
  • Apply research methods to statistical tests of difference
  • Evaluate research on cognitive processing in non-typical functioning
  • Apply newly gained understanding to how the individual makes sense of the world

Understanding Relationships (10 Weeks)

In this module, you’ll develop a critical awareness of the factors that influence relationships and social behaviours, and learn to apply psychological theories to the study of everyday social behaviours. You’ll also develop your understanding of the role of empirical evidence in the creation of theory, and how theory guides the collection and interpretation of data.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Understand the main theories, debates and research that have informed contemporary approaches to understanding relationships
  • Compare and evaluate research paradigms, theories and perspectives
  • Apply psychological theories to everyday experiences and behaviours
  • Develop a scientific understanding of mind, brain, action and experience, and the interactions between them
  • Analyse research methods and ethical implications related to studying relationships and social behaviour in children

Understanding Mental Health (10 Weeks)

The module is designed to stimulate critical thinking about current concepts of mental illness, and the legal and ethical issues of mental-health treatment. You will explore the aetiology and maintenance of mental-health disorders, along with diagnostic issues relating to some of the most common disorders.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of different concepts of mental illness
  • Understand methods of diagnosis, assessment and measurement for some of the most common disorders
  • Evaluate psychological and pharmacological theories and treatments in psychopathology
  • Demonstrate an understanding of data collection and research issues relating to the assessment and treatment of behaviour disorders
  • Assess legal and ethical issues surrounding mental disorders

Psychology in the Workplace (10 Weeks)

This module aims to examine some key psychological theories relating to biology, cognition, social psychology and individual differences, in the context of the workplace. It also explores psychometric methods and their application in work environments.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Apply psychological perspectives in a workplace environment
  • Reflect on the role of learning in problem-solving, decision-making, reasoning and creativity in a social context
  • Evaluate psychometric approaches to individual differences in assessment and selection
  • Assess theories of personality, intelligence, emotional intelligence and cognitive style
  • Construct and apply psychometric tools

Psychological Problem-Solving in Everyday Life (10 Weeks)

This module focuses on the knowledge and critical-thinking strategies that are essential to the process of designing and conducting research in psychology. Working in small groups, you’ll design and conduct three small research projects addressing everyday issues. You will also develop your understanding of ethical considerations and practical issues as they pertain to your research projects.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Frame research questions effectively
  • Analyse how research context constrains research questions and methods
  • Evaluate quantitative, qualitative and psychometric designs, including epistemological and ethical considerations
  • Apply quantitative, qualitative and psychometric approaches to your own research projects
  • Communicate and evaluate research findings in writing to different audiences

Research Project (26 Weeks)

The Research Project will provide you with the opportunity to integrate the prior learning from the programme. You’ll apply the analytical and conceptual tools and personal skills gained from the previous modules to an in-depth investigation of a specific problem. The result will be the presentation of a research report.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Refine and finalise a relevant and feasible topic and research question
  • Design and plan an appropriate research strategy to address a relevant research question
  • Undertake systematic search and review of relevant published theoretical and research-based literature
  • Collect, analyse and synthesise relevant data
  • Present research results in a critical fashion
  • Present and justify conclusions, implications and, where appropriate, recommendations

At the end of each module you’ll submit a final project, which is a written piece of work (such as an essay or case study). While your final project for each module will be the primary factor in determining your grade, your contributions to shared activities will also be taken into consideration.

Your research project is the largest – and final – piece of work you’ll undertake during your online masters programme. You’ll undertake an in-depth investigation of a specific problem and present your research topic, methodologies, results and conclusions as a report of 10,000 to 12,000 words.

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