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Course Overview

This course aims to provide students with (a) an opportunity to complete a thorough and comprehensive review of the existing literature on a clearly defined topic in an area of interest to Health Psychology, and (b) the academic skills to search, synthesise and clearly present in writing a large amount of research evidence.

Working largely independently with the support of an academic supervisor, students on this course will produce a substantial literature review of a publishable standard. Reviews may be either narrative or systematic depending on the topic area.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Julia Allan

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)
  • MSc Health Psychology (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Topics covered:

·Principles of literature reviewing

·Literature searching

·Critical writing

·Building an argument

·Editing and revising drafts

·Applying APA standards to a written assignment

·Review topics vary but will be relevant to Health Psychology and reflect student interests

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MSc Health Psychology

Contact Teaching Time

6 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


A 6,000-9,000 word research review summarising and critically appraising the research evidence in an agreed area and culminating in a concrete question for future research.

Formative Assessment




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