MPsych Advanced Psychology Stage 5 Induction 2017

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Before you arrive

Please review the list of projects and research interests offered by staff on our online MSc Project Allocation system. You should have been sent (via email) details of this system, along with a personalised link to access details of these projects, during the summer. Here is the link in case you cannot find the email

Before attending the induction days please:

- Review the list of projects

- Identify 3 members of staff with interests which align with your own, and where relevant read references mentioned in the project descriptions. Here is the link for Staff Research Interests

During the induction sessions we will explore your interests and identify how to approach staff and negotiate the design of your research.

Tuesday 19 September

Please note today all sessions below will take place in Scott Building, Room 101 unless otherwise stated

9.00-9.30 Arrival with refreshments

9.30-10.00 Welcome from Professor Tim Hollins, Head of School

10.00-11.00 Introduction to MPsych Advanced Psychology with Dr Ben Whalley and Professor Chris Harris, Programme Leader Venue: Smeaton  Building, room 107b

11.00-11.15 Break

11.15-12.15 Library Introduction and Literature searching with Joanna Triplett, Information Specialist (return to Scott 101)

12.15-13.00 Careers with Claire Guy, Employability Service

13.00-14.00 Lunch Break

14.00-14.30 meet the Psychology Student Advocate, Dr Patric Bach

14.30-15.30 Tour of Psychology Labs and Campus (optional)

Wednesday 20th September

Please note today all sessions below will take place in Babbage Building, Room 106/107 unless otherwise stated

9.00-9.20 Arrival with refreshments


  • module overviews from Term 1 Module Leaders
  • orient students to preparatory materials
  • module choices
  • homework to prepare for following week

11.00-11.15 Break

11.15-12.15 Introduction to MPsych Project

12.15-13.15 Lunch Break

13.15-14.15 Introduction to assessment and feedback (return to Babbage 106/107)

14.15-15.30 Break and an opportunity to speak with your Programme leader if you have any queries.

15.30-17.00 Academic writing workshop delivered by Joe Allison, Learning Development: a refresher for those returning or practice for others

Thursday 21st September

Free day.

Friday 22nd September

Please note today all sessions below will take place in Babbage Building, Room 106/107 unless otherwise stated

9.00-9.30 Arrival with refreshments

9.30-10.00 Technical Facilities and Services, MSc Ethics/Running Your Project, an overview of the facilities and services Psychology Technicians can provide during your MSc with Lynne James, Senior Psychology Technician

10.00-12.00 'How do we know things' with Professor Chris Harris, MPsych Programme Leader Venue: Smeaton 312 (access via the west end)

12.00-13.30 Postgraduate Lunch, a Networking lunch for all PG Students and Academic Staff, meet postgraduate students undertaking other Psychology programmes Venue: Babbage Building, Room 410

13.30-15.30 Answering questions with data.

15.30 Walk down to the Barbican for coffee

A Postgrad Welcome Party will be arranged at the beginning of Semester 1, for Psychology Postgraduate and Research Students and Teaching Staff. You will be informed when and where it is to be held.

Please note week commencing 25th September is University week 9.

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