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Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 18:26

Course Overview

The course builds on the material covered in the 1st-year courses expanding on psychology’s concepts and theories. The course covers three core areas of psychology: cognition & language, personality & social psychology, and behavioural neuroscience.  Social Psychology will cover topics such as leadership and group processes.  The third strand within this course is focused on Neuroscience, and will cover topics such as localisation of brain function and the neuroscience of emotion.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Paul Bishop

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • Either PS1009 Introductory Psychology 1: Concepts and Theory (Passed) or PS1012 Introductory Psychology I: Concepts and Theory (Distance) (Passed)
  • One of PS1509 Introductory Psychology II: Concepts and Theory (Passed) or PS1512 Introductory Psychology II: Concepts and Theory (Distance) (Passed) or SF1501 Introductory Psychology II: Concepts and Theory (Foundation) (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • PS2015 Advanced Psychology a - Concepts and Theory (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Topics will include: cognition & language, personality & social psychology, and behavioural neuroscience.

Further Information & Notes

Although this course, Advanced Psychology A: Concepts and Theory, has no co-requisites, it will be a co-requisite for Advanced Psychology A: Methods and Applications.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Animal Behaviour
  • BSc Behavioural Biology
  • BSc Behavioural Studies
  • BSc Exercise and Health Science
  • BSc Neuroscience with Psychology
  • BSc Psychology
  • BSc Psychology with Gaelic
  • BSc Sports Studies (Exercise and Health)
  • Bcs in Neuroscience with Psychology (Biobusiness)
  • MA Behavioural Studies
  • MA Psychology
  • MSci Neuroscience with Psychology & in Pl't
  • MSci in Exercise and Health Science with Ind'l Plac
  • MSci in Sports Studies (Exercise and Health) with Ind'l Plac
  • Master Of Arts In Psychology With Counselling Skills
  • Psychology Joint
  • Psychology Major

Contact Teaching Time

65 hours

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

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (60%); continuous assessment (30%) - essay no more than 2,000 words, workshop (10%).

Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (60%). Continuous assessment marks will remain unchanged.

Formative Assessment

There are formative assessments associated with the lecture programme.


Students will receive written feedback during continuous assessment.

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