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Stephen Gibson - Postgraduate Applicants

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10th July 2013

What we're looking for in applicants is ideally a 2:1 or above in Psychology or a related discipline. That's a sort of headline entry criteria. Within that, there's a certain amount of flexibility, so if you have a 2:2 in your undergraduate degree, then we'd certainly consider you if you've got either relevant work experience; if you have any particular mitigating circumstances which maybe stops you doing as well as you might have done otherwise on your undergraduate degree; or if you've done well on your final year dissertation project, if you can show that evidence of excelling in a more independent and autonomous context, which the dissertation typically provides.

In terms of the related disciplines, again, we wouldn't want to rule out anybody, simply on the basis, of having studied something that isn't Psychology. It can be obviously helpful to have a sense of what you're letting yourself in for. So, if you've never studied any Psychology before at all, then it's probably worth doing a little bit of research beforehand, just to make sure that this is going to be the right thing for you. One of the things with Psychology as an academic discipline is the emphasis on research methods, and quite often, on statistical techniques for the analysis of data. Certainly, undergraduate-level students can find a little bit of a shock coming from A-level into Psychology. So, it's something to bear in mind if you're completely unused to Psychology. What we do try and do is, during that research methods module, try and put in place a system of statistical training, where we can bring you up to speed, if that's something you've not come across previously.

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