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Level 3 modules 2019-20 

Semester One Half Modules

PSY3110:  Applied Animal Psychology

The module will introduce students to the area of animal psychology, focusing in particular on the applied aspect of this field. Lectures will cover topics of animal welfare, environmental enrichment, pet behaviour therapy and companion animals and human health. A three-hour trip to Belfast Zoo will help to translate lecture-based theory into application.

Assessment: 100% Coursework


PSY3115:  Sport and Exercise Psychology

The module will introduce students to a variety of topics examining human behaviour in sport and exercise contexts. The content will begin with understanding the major developments in the history of sport and exercise psychology before progressing to exploring specific aspects such as motivation, team and group dynamics, improving performance through the use of imagery, the relationship between exercise and psychological well-being, concluding with the social construction of sport and exercise as seen through the lens of disability, gender, age, sexual orientation and ethnicity.

Assessment: 100% Coursework


Semester One Full-Modules

PSY3096:  Typical and Atypical Literacy Development

This module will examine current and historical perspectives of typical and atypical literacy development. The development of reading ability from early language perception to proficient text processing will be examined. We will discuss approaches to the acquisition of literacy, and the theoretical underpinnings of developmental dyslexia and specific language impairment (SLI).

This module will be of interest to a wide range of psychology students, but will be of particular relevance to those intending to pursue a career related to education or to postgraduate research and study.

Assessment: 100% coursework


PSY3100:  Psychologists at Work: Insights Into Graduate Employment

Students taking this module will spend 15/20 days in a workplace where they will complete graduate level work under supervision. They will be required to keep a reflective diary of their experiences in the work place and to complete a portfolio describing the organisation for which they have worked, how they have been able to apply the skills they acquired on their degree, what skills they have developed or acquired as part of the placement, the skillset required to obtain a job in the organisation, and what they have learned from the feedback they received from their employer. At the end of the semester students will present a poster to staff, employers and prospective students. This module is only available to students on the BSc Psychology degree programme and entry to the module is by application only. The deadline for applications is 31st July 2019.

Assessment: 100% Coursework


PSY3118:  Using Nudges to Change Behaviour

This module will introduce students to recent theory and practice relating to behaviour change. Specifically, it will consider the psychology of “nudges”, small changes to choice architectures which encourage certain desirable behaviours without making those behaviours mandatory. Having addressed important theoretical background, the module will consider nudges in a variety of contexts including health, finance and pro-social behaviour. The module will conclude with a consideration of implications of nudge theory for policy and the very recent debate about the ethics of nudges. The module will be assessed via group reports proposing, analysing and justifying novel nudges for particular applied contexts.

Assessment: 100% coursework


PSY3124:  Introduction to Political Psychology

This course aims to introduce you to the field of political psychology. The module will cover different core areas of political psychology such as race and racism, social movements, political extremism, polarization and youth and political violence. Throughout the course, you are expected to develop an understanding of the basic psychological processes underlying our political thoughts and behaviours and apply this information to real life situations.

Assessment: 100% Coursework


Semester Two Full-Modules

PSY3098:  Aging: Mind, Brain and Behaviour

This module covers the way key psychological processes change over the lifespan. We will discuss questions including: Can we live forever? Is ageing a disease, and can it be treated like a disease? Are older people wiser? Is the lifespan genetically determined? In a series of lectures, we will cover how healthy ageing affects brain structure and function, memory, executive function, emotion and mobility. We will also cover the key pathologies that come with age including dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Finally, we will talk about the extent to which genetic factors affect ageing.

Assessment: 60% Exam; 40% coursework


PSY3117:  Psychology of Gender

This course introduces students to the psychological literature on gender. Course topics include the causes of sex differences and similarities, the influence of gender roles on life experiences including those related to workplace/leadership, parenting, sexuality, violence and aggression, as well as the relationship between gender and health and well-being.

Assessment: 100% Coursework


PSY3121:  The Psychology of Intergroup Relations: Theory and Applications

The aim of this module is to provide students with an insight into the role of psychology in explaining intergroup relations from both a theoretical and applied perspective. During the course of the module students will get a thorough grounding in the theories underlying prejudice and discrimination and how this can be ameliorated. The module occurs in two parts. In the first, students will critically examine theories of prejudice and prejudice reduction. In the second, students will have an opportunity to explore how these theories have been adapted and applied to create interventions focusing on children and young people within divided societies.

Assessment: 100% Coursework


PSY3122:  An Introduction to Clinical Health Psychology

This module is an introduction to Clinical Health Psychology. The module will comprise four broad topics which will be divided across the Spring Semester:

1. Introduction to Clinical Health theories and research methods

2. Coping with long-term illness

3. Art-based approaches to enhancing wellbeing

4. Public health and health promoting strategies

Assessment: 50% Coursework 50% Exam


PSY3123:  Evolutionary Psychology and Comparative Cognition

The aim of this module is to provide students with an insight into comparative psychology by looking at similarities and differences between human and animal cognitive abilities across a range of domains and how evolutionary theory can be used to explain behaviour in humans and animals. The domains covered in this module will be:

1. Evolution and Comparative Psychology

2. Social behaviour

3. Domestication

4. Sexual selection and human mate choice

5. Parental Investment

6. Introduction to animal cognition

7. Language

8. Numerosity

9. Self-awareness and theory of mind

10. Using tools

Assessment: 40% Coursework 60% Exam


PSY3114:  Psychology Thesis

Thesis work allows each student to perform real research including: origination of idea, literature review, research design, data collection and analysis and report writing. It involves a substantive piece of research conducted by the student (working in pairs or small groups to collect data) which is presented in the form of an individually written thesis. Students work under the supervision of an individual member of academic staff.

Another element of this module is to assess the breadth and depth of the student’s knowledge of psychology in general, and their capacity to reflect and integrate across theoretical perspectives via a general paper. It also helps students to focus on careers planning, their individual achievements and skills portfolio.

Thesis supervisor preferences are submitted towards the end of the summer. You will receive an email shortly with full details of the range of supervision areas available for 2019-20 and the process for making your preferences.

Assessment: 80% Coursework (Thesis); 20% Exam (General Paper)


Module Code

Module Title




Applied Animal Psychology (must also take PSY3115)




Sport and Exercise Psychology (must also take PSY3110)




Typical and Atypical Literacy Development




Psychologists at work: Insights Into Graduate Employment




Using Nudges to Change Behaviour




Introduction to Political Psychology




Aging: Mind, Brain and Behaviour

Coursework & Exam



Psychology of Gender




The Psychology of Intergroup Relations: Theory and Applications




An Introduction to Clinical Health Psychology

Coursework & Exam



Evolutionary psychology and Comparative Cognition

Coursework & Exam



Psychology Thesis