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1 Welcome to Psychology (C800) at Durham Dr Luna Centifanti, Admissions Tutor (C800 and CV85)

2 Today What’s included in today’s session: The structure of Psychology programmes at Durham Teaching methods and assessment (with examples) Applying to Durham (and getting offers!) Common questions answered.

3 Strong on teaching: The Durham Psychology Department Ranked: 7 th in Complete University Guide 6 th in The Times 6 th in The Sunday Times University Guide 94% of our Psychology students said they found their course intellectually stimulating in the 2013 National Student Survey. (sector-wide average 89%)

4 External assessors recognise: 99% of the department’s research is of International Quality. 77% of the research is Internationally Excellent or World Leading (3* or 4*). [ ↑ from 60% in 2008] We have research strengths in: –Applied, Clinical and Health Psychology –Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience –Developmental Psychology –Social, Emotional and Evolutionary Psychology –Neuroscience of Learning and Memory Strong on research: The Durham Psychology Department

5 Durham Psychology is 5th from 102 departments in UK in latest Graduate Prospects survey (i.e. measure of first destination of graduates into employment). The Durham Psychology Department

6 The department runs two psychology courses: –BSc Psychology (C800) –Psychology(Applied) (C817) at the Queen’s Campus.

7 The Durham Psychology Department Psychology (C800)Psychology(Applied) (C817) How is a person’s behaviour influenced by the number, age or status of people with them? (Social psychology) Should inexperienced drivers be limited in the number of young people they are allowed in the car while driving (Applied social psychology)? How are objects recognised? How is this organised in the brain? (Biological psychology and perception) How can someone with difficulty reading following a stroke be helped? (Clinical psychology) The department runs two psychology courses: –BSc Psychology (C800) –Psychology(Applied) (C817) at the Queen’s Campus Dedicated DClin route.

8 The Durham Psychology Department The department runs two single honours psychology courses: –BSc Psychology (C800) –Psychology(Applied) (C817) at the Queen’s Campus.

9 The department runs two single honours psychology courses: –BSc Psychology (C800) –Psychology(Applied) (C817) at the Queen’s Campus. At the Durham site you can also study psychology in combination with other subjects: –BA Philosophy and Psychology (CV85) –BA Education Studies with Psychology (X1C8) The Durham Psychology Department

10 The department runs two single honours psychology courses: –BSc Psychology (C800) –Psychology(Applied) (C817) at the Queen’s Campus. At the Durham site you can also study psychology in combination with other subjects: –BA Philosophy and Psychology (CV85) –BA Education Studies with Psychology (X1C8) –BSc Natural Sciences (CFG0) –BA Combined Honours in Social Sciences (LMV0) –BA Combined Honours in Arts (QRV0) The Durham Psychology Department

11 Six modules per year: First year covers core subjects: –Cognitive psychology –Biological psychology –Developmental psychology –Social psychology –Abnormal psychology –Research methods (including statistics) Psychology (C800) Lectures Practical classes Tutorials

12 Psychology (C800) Lectures Practical classes Tutorials Six modules per year: First year covers core subjects: –Cognitive psychology –Biological psychology –Developmental psychology –Social psychology –Abnormal psychology –Research methods (including statistics)

13 Psychology (C800) Lectures Practical classes Tutorials Six modules per year: First year covers core subjects: –Cognitive psychology –Biological psychology –Developmental psychology –Social psychology –Abnormal psychology –Research methods (including statistics)

14 Six modules per year: First year covers core subjects: –Cognitive psychology –Biological psychology –Developmental psychology –Social psychology –Abnormal psychology –Research methods (including statistics) Psychology (C800) Lectures Practical classes Tutorials

15 Six modules per year: First year covers core subjects: –Cognitive psychology –Biological psychology –Developmental psychology –Social psychology –Abnormal psychology –Research methods (including statistics) Psychology (C800) Lectures Practical classes Tutorials

16 Six modules per year: First year covers core subjects: –Cognitive psychology –Biological psychology –Developmental psychology –Social psychology –Abnormal psychology –Research methods (including statistics) + electives in the first year: There are a huge range but include modules in: Education Philosophy Anthropology Business School Sociology/Criminology Languages including British Sign Language Lectures Practical classes Tutorials Psychology (C800)

17 Six modules per year: First year covers core subjects: –Cognitive psychology –Biological psychology –Developmental psychology –Social psychology –Abnormal psychology –Research methods (including statistics) + electives in the first year: There are a huge range but include modules in: Education Philosophy Anthropology Business School Languages including British Sign Language Lectures Practical classes Tutorials Psychology (C800)

18 Six modules per year: Second year consolidates core subjects: –Cognitive psychology –Biological psychology –Developmental psychology –Social psychology –Abnormal psychology –Research methods (including statistics) Lectures (six hours per week) Tutorials (one per week, groups of about 8-10 students) Practical classes (one 3 hour practical per week) Psychology (C800)

19 Six modules per year: Second year consolidates core subjects: –Cognitive psychology –Biological psychology –Developmental psychology –Social psychology –Abnormal psychology –Research methods (including statistics) Lectures (six hours per week) Tutorials (one per week, groups of about 8-10 students) Practical classes (one 3 hour practical per week) Psychology (C800)

20 Same genetic predisposition Age Developmental origins of antisocial behaviour

21 Conduct Problems Cruel to Others, Stealing, Running Away from Home, Truancy, Breaking and Entering, Assault Lies, Physical Fights, Bullies, Cruel to Animals, Breaks Rules Stubborn, Defies Adults, Non- Compliant, Temper Tantrums, Argumentative, Annoys Others

22 With or Without Low Prosocial Emotions –Is unconcerned about the feelings of others –Does not feel bad or guilty –Is unconcerned about schoolwork –Does not show emotions –Fails to keep promises

23 Self-reported Delinquency Trajectories Number of Self-Reported Total Delinquent Offenses Frick, Stickle, Dandreaux, Farell, & Kimonis, 2005

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27 A Case for Fear

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32 My time as a research assistant in Dr. L. Centifanti’s lab was, without a doubt, the most valuable learning experience during my time at Durham University. The scheme helped me develop numerous skills and prepared me extremely well for my dissertation the following year. The experience has also led onto future research assistant opportunities within the university (both paid) and is undoubtedly one of the reasons I am employed by the NHS just three months after graduation. Take full advantage of the research assistant scheme Durham offers, you will not regret it!

33 Six modules per year: Second year consolidates core subjects: –Cognitive psychology –Biological psychology –Developmental psychology –Social psychology –Abnormal psychology –Research methods (including statistics) Lectures (six hours per week) Tutorials (one per week, groups of about 8-10 students) Practical classes (one 3 hour practical per week) Psychology (C800)

34 Six modules per year: Third year: dissertation Psychology (C800)

35 Six modules per year: Third year: dissertation + 4 modules chosen from: C800 Psychology Child Health Psychology Cognitive Psychology Developmental Psychology Emotion & Social Cognition Learning and Animal Cognition Neuropsychology of Memory Social Psychology The Evolution of Human Behaviour The Visual Brain Psychology into Schools Psychology in the Workplace Psychology (C800)

36 Six modules per year: Third year: dissertation + 4 modules chosen from: C800 Psychology Child Health Psychology Cognitive Psychology Developmental Psychology Emotion & Social Cognition Learning and Animal Cognition Neuropsychology of Memory Social Psychology The Evolution of Human Behaviour The Visual Brain Psychology into Schools Psychology in the Workplace C817 Psychology (Applied) Advanced Research Methods Applied Developmental Psychology Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience Educational Psychology Forensic Psychology Health Psychology Sex and Gender Psychology Sports Psychology The Science of Consciousness Psychology into Schools Psychology in the Workplace Psychology (C800)

37 Support: You will be allocated an academic advisor in the department in your first year. This advisor will stay with you throughout your studies. The college system also provides support to students throughout your studies. Psychology (C800)

38 Non-Single Honours Routes You can also study psychology in combination with other subjects: BA Philosophy and Psychology (CV85) BA Education Studies with Psychology (X1C8) Require 3 modules each year from each discipline. Are BPS recognised degrees. Includes a smaller research project in 3 rd year.

39 Non-Single Honours Routes You can also study psychology in combination with other subjects: BA Philosophy and Psychology (CV85) BA Education Studies with Psychology (X1C8) Require 3 modules each year from each discipline. Are BPS recognised degrees. Includes a smaller research project in 3 rd year. BSc Natural Sciences (CFG0) BA Combined Honours in Social Sciences (LMV0) BA Combined Honours in Arts (QRV0) Combine psychology flexibly with other subjects May be BPS recognised or not depending on choices made. May include a research project in 3 rd year if desired.

40 Getting an offer for Psychology at Durham

41 Psychology is a broad discipline including biological, social and developmental aspects of psychology, statistics and research methods. –In line with requirements of our accrediting body (the British Psychological Society) We accept people with a variety of backgrounds We do not assume any prior knowledge of psychology (or any other specific knowledge). Getting an offer for Psychology at Durham

42 Psychology is a broad discipline including biological, social and developmental aspects of psychology, statistics and research methods. –In line with requirements of our accrediting body (the British Psychological Society) We accept people with a variety of backgrounds We do not assume any prior knowledge of psychology (or any other specific knowledge). BUT Psychology is an experimental scientific discipline. AND Psychology requires arguments based on evaluation of a range of sources of evidence. So … students need strengths in science/maths and analytical thinking and essay writing skills.

43 Admissions tutors are looking for: 1.Predictions (or achieved grades) of –BSc Psychology (AAA or equivalent) –BSc Psychology (Applied) (AAB or equivalent) Getting an offer for Psychology at Durham

44 Admissions tutors are looking for: 1.Predictions (or achieved grades) of –BSc Psychology (AAA or equivalent) –BSc Psychology (Applied) (AAB or equivalent) 2.Evidence of strengths across a range of subjects (e.g. at GCSE or equivalent) including at least B at GCSE Maths. Getting an offer for Psychology at Durham

45 Admissions tutors are looking for: 1.Predictions (or achieved grades) of –BSc Psychology (AAA or equivalent) –BSc Psychology (Applied) (AAB or equivalent) 2.Evidence of strengths across a range of subjects (e.g. at GCSE or equivalent) including at least B at GCSE Maths. 3.A personal statement which tells us about why psychology at Durham is right for you. Getting an offer for Psychology at Durham

46 Admissions tutors are looking for: 1.Predictions (or achieved grades) of –BSc Psychology (AAA or equivalent) –BSc Psychology (Applied) (AAB or equivalent) 2.Evidence of strengths across a range of subjects (e.g. at GCSE or equivalent); including at least B at GCSE Maths. 3.A personal statement which tells us about why psychology (at Durham) is right for you. 4.Well-rounded individuals who will contribute to university life (e.g. sports, music, art, drama, social outreach, charity or other work experience etc.). Getting an offer for Psychology at Durham

47 Any questions?

48 FAQs Can I do a year abroad?

49 FAQs Am I disadvantaged if I don’t have a Psychology A- level? –No. We take students from a variety of backgrounds. –About half of our first year intake will have Psychology A level (or equivalent) but half will not. –In the first year we bring all students up to the same level. – Even those who have done Psychology A-level do not find the first year easy or boring!

50 FAQs Why do I have to do statistics? Maths is not my strongest subject, is this a problem? –Psychology is a science that requires statistical techniques. –The study of statistics is a requirement of BPS accreditation. – We do ask for at least a grade B at GCSE maths (or equivalent) –But we teach statistics in an applied manner so even those who don’t think they are “good at maths” often find this is completely different.

51 What is the assessment like? –First year does not count towards final degree classification. Assessed by multiple choice, practical reports and essay exams. –Second year counts 40% towards final degree classification. Assessed by practical reports, coursework essays and exams. –Third year counts 60% towards final degree classification. Assessed by dissertation, coursework essays and essay exams. FAQs

52 What is the assessment like? FAQs

53 Durham and Queen’s Campus: what’s the difference? Durham - BSc Psychology Queen’s Campus – BSc Psychology (Applied) The Psychology (Applied) course is more… applied! Not completely separate - several 3 rd Year options can be taken by students based at either site. Both degree courses cover all the material required for BPS accreditation FAQs


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