Professional Doctorate in MSc Psychology (Research)

    Course Description

    Researchers use behavioural and neuroimaging techniques to understand the relationship between perception and environment among clinical and healthy individuals. Research is grouped around three themes which are:

    • Cognition – the exploration of attention, language and memory
    • Perception and Attention – the physical parameters of the environment in healthy and clinical populations
    • Social Cognition – investigates social interactions using neuroimaging techniques

    The School offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Psychology degrees are accredited by the British Psychological Society. Within these themes there are specialist groups who conduct research, funded by research councils, governments and charitable groups. Psychology has been taught at The University of Aberdeen since 1896 when the Anderson Lectureship in Comparative Psychology was founded. The lectureship resulted from a bequest from Reverend William Anderson to then continue research.

    In addition to the three themes, the Applied Psychology and Human Factors Group researches human factors, clinical psychology and pedagogical research in a multidisciplinary environment and via groups in other School such as Aberdeen Neuroscience network. There are numerous facilities to support research and these include:

    • The Psychophysiology Centre – EEG equipment and high-resolution CRT displays
    • Colour Psychophysics Lab – two dark rooms with testing machines
    • Grasp Lab – tracking technology (Optotrak 3020, TrakStar, EOG Eyelink)
    • Language and Number Lab – Eprime software, Marantz solid state recorders
    • Emotion Lab – E-Prime, E-DataAid, Excell SPSS, touch screen experiments
    • Eye Tracking Facilities – Eyelink 1000
    • Behavioural Testing
    • Industrial Psychology Research Centre

    Why study at Aberdeen? 

    • You study at an ancient Scottish University dating back to 1495 with a wide range of international students and international academics with impressive research and consultancy portfolios
    • As a research student you are welcome to attend seminars and events in the School and across the wider university.
    • The University was founded on the principle of “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.” Bishop Elphinstone, 1495. You study in an international environment with international academics who are able to offer you specific expertise in their discipline areas.

    Where you study

    • University of Aberdeen
    • Full time or part time
    • Start month is flexible

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    20% Discount


    A 20% discount for Aberdeen graduates who want to study a postgraduate degree. It applies to the full cost of taught postgraduate programmes and one year of a full time research programme.

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