MSc Psychology Induction Information 2019 (New Students)

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Welcome to the School of Psychology at the University of Plymouth, and if you are new to the city, welcome to Plymouth. You are starting on a fascinating intellectual and academic journey with us, as well as an exciting new stage of your life. I hope that you enjoy the journey, and make the most of all the opportunities that the University has to offer.

Your first week here is called Induction Week, during which there will lots of timetabled events. These are aimed at providing you with important information, helping you to become familiar with the University, and giving you the chance to meet some of your fellow students and tutors. There is a full timetable of events listed below. Please read it carefully, and ensure you attend the sessions.

On behalf all the staff in the School of Psychology, I welcome you to the University of Plymouth, and look forward to meeting you.

Tim Hollins, Head of School of Psychology.

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.

Before attending the induction days please:

- Review the list of projects

- Identify three 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 17 September

Venue all day Babbage Building, room 406

10.00-11.00 Welcome and Introduction to MSc Psychology with Prof Tim Hollins, Head of School and Dr Alison Bacon, Programme Leader

11.00-11.30 Break with refreshments provided.

11.30-13.00 Introduction to MSc Psychology continued

13.00-14.00 Break.  University card collection in Rolle Building room 114. You must complete online enrolment and photo upload prior to collecting your University card, also remember to bring ID either valid passport and/or driving licence. Cards are only issued to new students, so if you are a returning student please bring your existing student card with you.

14.00-14.30 Study and Wellbeing with Nicola Ayer from Student Services, return to Babbage 406

14.30-15.00 Careers with Paul Gillard

15.00 Tea and cake

15.30 Campus Tour (Optional) Events Team will meet you at Roland Levinsky Building Reception

Wednesday 18 September

Venue all day: Smeaton Building, room 100

10.00-10.30 Introduction to the Digital Learning Environment (DLE)

  • What is the DLE?
  • How to access it?
  • Why is it important?
  • How to access your timetable?

10.30-11.00 MSc Psychology timetable in more detail with Alison Bacon

11.00-12.00 Q & A and an opportunity to speak with Alison Bacon, Programme Leader

12.00-13.00 Break

Go to new venue Cookworthy Building room 513-515 (10 minutes walk) link for campus map.

13.00-15.00 Introduction to research methods and statistics 1 with Julie Griffin and Ryan Statton (Please bring your own tablet or laptop if you have one) Venue: Cookworthy Building room 513-515 (5th floor)

Thursday 19 September

Free day

Friday 20 September

10.00–12.00 Introduction to research methods and statistics 2 with Julie Griffin and Ryan Statton. Venue: Babbage Building room 106-107 (1st floor)

12.00–13.30 Networking lunch. An opportunity to meet returning students and academic staff including potential project supervisors. Venue Link Building room 301 (3rd floor)

No more sessions to attend after lunch.

It is important that you enrol online and upload a photo prior to attending Induction, because this will enable us to create your computing account and student card in good time.

Please use the links below to enrol and upload your photo. If you have any problems enrolling please contact

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 via email.

Please note the week beginning 23 September is University week nine.

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Meet the Programme Manager - Dr Alison Bacon

Alison is the Programme Manager for MSc Psychology. She is a member of the School of Psychology and the Centre for Research in Brain, Cognition and Behaviour.

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