Welcome

The School of Psychology extends a warm welcome to you for the 2021/22 academic year.  This is an exciting year for all of us as we embark on a blended approach to your learning and whether you are studying online or on campus we hope you have an enjoyable and successful year!

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Undergraduate

Induction

Date

Activity

Friday 24 September

 

 

All Students

  • 14:00 – 15:00 School Welcome Event

(this will be held via a Microsoft Teams Live link please click here Join live event )

 

 

Monday 27 September

 

 

UG - Level 2

  • 14.00 - 15:00 Level 2 Induction Lecture

(this will be held online – go to the course page for PS2017 then the Collaborate room)

 

UG – Level 3

  • 11:00 – 12:00 Level 3 Induction Lecture

(this will be held online – go to the course page for PS3011 then the Collaborate room)

 

UG – Level 4

  • 12:00 – 13:30 Level 4 Induction Lecture

(this will be held online – go to the course page for PS4019 then the Collaborate room)

 

UG - Level 1

  • 14:00 – 15:00 Level 1 Induction Lecture

(this will be held online – go to the course page for PS1009 then the Collaborate room)

 

 

Reading Lists

We are working with our colleagues in the library so that our required course reading is available online as much as possible. You will also still be able to borrow books, and library staff have been developing procedures to ensure that this can be done safely. In addition, study spaces for students will be available to use, subject to government guidelines. Reading lists for individual courses will be available through MyAberdeen later in the summer. In the meantime, you can brush up your study skills and learn more about the University at our award-winning Toolkit website

Assessment

Assessment

All psychology courses in the first term will be assessed through coursework and/or an online open-book test – there is no formal exam period. Coursework may include essays, reports, online MCQs, participation in discussion forums, and group projects. This will vary from course to course, and there will be specific details in every course guide at the start of term.  

Thesis Supervision

One of the most pressing matters for final-year students is what will happen with the thesis. BPS regulations require students to demonstrate their methodological skills and knowledge by conducting and writing up an independent piece of research. To ensure you can do this you will get regular and supportive supervision meetings. The format and frequency of these will be decided jointly by you and your supervisor, for example you may decide that you will meet in-person when back on campus, or you may prefer to meet online using Microsoft Teams, or even a mix of the two. Whatever format is used, your supervisor will be there for you and will guide and support you in your research. 

Lab-based studies are a challenge under current guidelines. Given that the situation is very fluid, some supervisors want to wait a little longer before making changes to projects (for example, they may get in touch later in the summer once we have a clearer idea of the situation we will be facing in September). In some cases, it may even be possible to use pre-existing data sets as the basis of your thesis (for example, this may be relevant if you were planning to run ERP or Eye-tracking studies) – if this is possible, your supervisor will discuss this with you and will ensure you fully understand the methodological and ethical considerations of the research project). For those of you who were planning on conducting an online or qualitative study, there should be no disruption.  

No matter what situation we face in September, and even if we have to revise some of our research plans, it is important to remember that this will not stop us. Even with these changes, our new "normal" will still involve lots of interaction between students and staff. All our staff are extremely experienced researchers and supervisors and they will make sure that you will have a research project that you can be proud of and that you will be able to complete your thesis to the high standard we know you can achieve. There is no requirement to get in contact with your supervisor until we return in September, but you are welcome to email them over the summer if you wish. 

 

Practicals, fieldwork and placements

A lot of the teaching we value most is carried out in small groups – labs, tutorials and workshops. Our intention is that we will deliver all Methodology teaching on campus with staff and students present wherever this is possible, with an online option for students unable to return to campus. Tutorials and workshops which are more discussion-based and may be safer and better suited to online delivery (trying to have a group discussion where everyone is 2 metres apart may not be the best learning experience!), however we will deliver these on campus wherever possible. Whatever, the delivery we will ensure that there is plenty of opportunity for peer and staff interaction so that our students feel part of a supportive learning community. 

Key Contacts

Role

Contact

Email Address

Director of Education

Dr Jason Bohan

jason.bohan@abdn.ac.uk

Level 1

 

 

Level 1 Theory Coordinator

Dr Jacqui Hutchison

jacqui.hutchison@abdn.ac.uk

Level 1 Methods Coordinator

Dr Mirjam Brady-Van den Bos

mirjam.brady@abdn.ac.uk

Level 1 School Office Contact

Miss Catherine Shanks

psy-level1@abdn.ac.uk

Level 2

 

 

Level 2 Theory Coordinator

Dr Heather Branigan

Heather.branigan@abdn.ac.uk

Level 2 Methods Coordinator

Dr David Sutherland

d.sutherland@abdn.ac.uk

Level 2 School Office Contact

Miss Catherine Shanks

psy-level2@abdn.ac.uk

Level 3

 

 

Level 3 Convener

Dr Clare Kirtley

clare.kirtley1@abdn.ac.uk

Level 3 School Office Contact

Mrs Catherine Sutherland

psy-level3@abdn.ac.uk

Level 4

 

 

Level 4 Convener

Dr Agnieszka Konopka

agnieszka.konopka@abdn.ac.uk

Level 4 School Office Contact

Miss Karen Forrest

psy-level4@abdn.ac.uk

Postgraduate Taught

Induction
Date Activity

Friday 24 September

All Students

  • 14:00 – 15:00 School Welcome Event

(this will be held via a Microsoft Teams Live Event, please click here to join the live event).

Friday 1 October

MSc Psychological Studies

  • 14:00 – 15:00 MSc Induction Lecture

Arts Lecture Theatre

(Please note that this will be recorded for students attending online).

 

Reading Lists

We are working with our colleagues in the library so that our required course reading is available online as much as possible. You will also still be able to borrow books, and library staff have been developing procedures to ensure that this can be done safely. In addition, study spaces for students will be available to use, subject to government guidelines. Reading lists for individual courses will be available through MyAberdeen later in the summer.

In the meantime, you can brush up your study skills and learn more about the University at our award-winning Toolkit website

Assessment

Assessment

All psychology courses in the first term will be assessed through coursework and/or an online open-book test – there is no formal exam period. Coursework may include essays, reports, online MCQs, participation in discussion forums, and group projects. This will vary from course to course, and there will be specific details in every course guide at the start of term.  

Thesis Supervision

All our students are required to undertake a research thesis as part of their studies. To ensure you can do this you will get regular and supportive supervision meetings. The format and frequency of these will be decided jointly by you and your supervisor, for example you may decide that you will meet in-person when back on campus, or you may prefer to meet online using Microsoft Teams, or even a mix of the two. Whatever format is used, your supervisor will be there for you and will guide and support you in your research. 

There are a wide range of research opportunities, lab-based behavioural studies will be offered if governmental guidance permits, alongside online and qualitative research projects on a wide variety of topics related to staff expertise.  

No matter what situation we face at the start of term, and even if we have to revise some of our research plans, it is important to remember that this will not stop us. Even with these changes, our new "normal" will still involve lots of interaction between students and staff. All our staff are extremely experienced researchers and supervisors and they will make sure that you will have a research project that you can be proud of and that you will be able to complete your thesis to the high standard we know you can achieve.

Practicals, fieldwork and placements

A lot of the teaching we value most is carried out in small groups – labs, tutorials and workshops. Our intention is that we will deliver all Methodology teaching on campus with staff and students present wherever this is possible, with an online option for students unable to return to campus. Tutorials and workshops which are more discussion-based may be safer and better suited to online delivery (trying to have a group discussion where everyone is 2 metres apart may not be the best learning experience!), however we will deliver these on campus wherever possible. Whatever, the delivery we will ensure that there is plenty of opportunity for peer and staff interaction so that our students feel part of a supportive learning community. 

Postgraduate Research

As well as being a Postgraduate Research Student in the School of Psychology you are also part of a wider PGR community through the Postgraduate Research School.

Orientation

Student Orientation - kick start your uni journey

We are looking forward to welcoming you to campus to start your research journey with us. As a Postgraduate Research student you will have the opportunity to attend a University wide induction in addition to your school induction.

The University of Aberdeen Orientation programme has been designed to take you through all of the essential information you will need for your student life. You can get started now by working through the interactive modules.

There are a series of modules that you can work through before you arrive. Once you have registered you can access the remaining modules and complete your mandatory training programme through your bespoke PGR training platform on our virtual learning environment.

There will be a school welcome event for Postgraduate Research students. This will provide an opportunity to meet Postgraduate coordinators and PhD supervisors. There will also be time to answer any questions you may have. Further details regarding the welcome event will follow in due course.

Audit Master‘s Courses

As a PGR student you may have the opportunity to audit Master‘s courses to augment your research training. Please discuss this with your supervisor and check out the postgraduate taught pages above.

The PGR School also offers a comprehensive training programme to support your research journey.

Timelines and Milestones

The PGR School training and development programme offers academic, professional, and personal development through a number of training workshops, resources and opportunities, all intended to support the PGR community at the University of Aberdeen.

Find out more here.