We expect our campuses to be open in September. There will be opportunities for you to meet or e-meet other students and key staff, such as your lecturers and your personal tutor.  

With that in mind, my colleagues in the School of Psychology are working hard to be ready for September so we can teach you the subject we love. We hope to welcome as many of you as possible in person but also appreciate that some students may not be able to join us, for example due to shielding, and we want to reassure those of you who may be in this position that teaching will be available online in September, so there will minimal Covid19 disruption to your educational experience. 

We will have to do some things differently in response to government guidelines and to ensure the safety of all our staff and students; however, we are still confident that no matter what situation we face, we will still provide you with a high quality educational experience. We also expect that throughout the year, as Scottish Government restrictions ease, more campus services and student activities will resume. 

You will find details here of your School orientation, reading lists and information on the blended learning method to help you settle into University life. 

Undergraduate

Orientation

We expect our campuses to be open in September, and we will work hard to keep everyone safe. There will be opportunities for you to meet or e-meet other students and key staff, such as your personal tutor. As Scottish Government restrictions ease, more campus services and student activities will resume.

There will be activities for incoming students in Welcome Week: 21-25 September and in the early weeks of term.

  • In the meantime both new and returning students need to complete the University's Orientation programme.

    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. We have broken it down into 2 parts.  You should get started on Part 1 now by working through the interactive modules.

    Student Orientation - You could win £200 Amazon Vouchers

Blended Learning

The academic year begins with welcome week starting 21st September where we will hold an online induction event, and teaching starting on 28th September. 

We are working on a “Blended Learning” model for our teaching which means that some aspects of teaching will be online and others on campus (see also our FAQs for students).

This has been an exciting opportunity for us to review our teaching and think about new and creative ways that will enhance our teaching. Even if some teaching is online, we feel it is important that there are opportunities for students and staff to interact in person as much as possible whilst maintaining appropriate safety standards. 

We also appreciate that some students may not be able to join us on campus in September, for example due to shielding, and we want to reassure those of you who may be in this position that teaching will be available online in September, so Covid19 disruption to your educational goals will be minimalised.  

All lectures will be delivered online in a flexible way allowing you to engage with the material when it works for you. Lecture recordings will be made available on our VLE, MyAberdeen, on a weekly basis. Instead of posting a long, 50 mins lecture, lecturers are tailoring their talks so that they are best suited to this teaching format, for example editing them into ‘chunks’ so that they are focussed and better for students to learn from online. We feel it is important that there is still an interactive component to these courses and that you get the opportunity to ask questions. We will facilitate this in a number of ways, including setting up online discussion forums and live Q&A sessions on MyAberdeen where lecturers will answer your questions and review lecture material if requested by the class. 

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. We do not know if data collection in labs will be allowed or not. 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). Others may have been in touch already to suggest online versions of the original studies you discussed in February/March. 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. 

Postgraduate Taught

Orientation

We expect our campuses to be open in September, and we will work hard to keep everyone safe. There will be opportunities for you to meet or e-meet other students and key staff, such as your personal tutor. As Scottish Government restrictions ease, more campus services and student activities will resume.

There will be activities for incoming students in Welcome Week: 21-25 September and in the early weeks of term.

  • In the meantime both new and returning students need to complete the University's Orientation programme.

    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. We have broken it down into 2 parts.  You should get started on Part 1 now by working through the interactive modules.

    Student Orientation - You could win £200 Amazon Vouchers

Blended Learning

The academic year begins with welcome week starting 21st September where we will hold an online induction event, and teaching starting on 28th September.

We are working on a “Blended Learning” model for our teaching which means that some aspects of teaching will be online and others on campus (see also our FAQs for students). This has been an exciting opportunity for us to review our teaching and think about new and creative ways that will enhance our teaching. Even if some teaching is online, we feel it is important that there are opportunities for students and staff to interact in person as much as possible whilst maintaining appropriate safety standards. 

We also appreciate that some students may not be able to join us on campus in September, for example due to shielding, and we want to reassure those of you who may be in this position that teaching will be available online in September, so Covid19 disruption to your educational goals will be minimalised.  

All lectures will be delivered online in a flexible way allowing you to engage with the material when it works for you. Lecture recordings will be made available on our VLE, MyAberdeen, on a weekly basis. Instead of posting a long, 50 mins lecture, lecturers are tailoring their talks so that they are best suited to this teaching format, for example editing them into ‘chunks’ so that they are focussed and better for students to learn from online. We feel it is important that there is still an interactive component to these courses and that you get the opportunity to ask questions. We will facilitate this in a number of ways, including setting up online discussion forums and live Q&A sessions on MyAberdeen where lecturers will answer your questions and review lecture material if requested by the class. 

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 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 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

Orientation

As a PGR student you have the opportunity to attend a University wide orientation in addition to your School specific event.

Check back soon for information on your school induction programme.

Blended learning

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.