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Different course options

Study mode

Online

Duration

16 months

Start date

SEP-22

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Psychology (General)

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Overview

Convert your fascination with the human mind into a professional career with this 100% online short psychology qualification. This employability-focused course will allow you to expand your knowledge across key areas within psychology and help you gain skills beneficial in a wide range of related careers.

Throughout your studies you will gain an insight into the theory and practices of psychology while developing essential research and evaluation skills that are indispensable within the field. By studying online you can continue in your current career while nurturing your interest in topics such as:

  • the history and philosophy of psychological inquiry
  • critical milestones in human development through infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and late adulthood
  • fundamental research principles in psychobiology and neuropsychology
  • the main qualitative and quantitative research methods used for data collection and analysis

Once you have completed your course, you have the opportunity to advance onto our MSc Psychology.

Teaching methods

Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else you have internet access.

Our courses are delivered through a virtual learning environment (VLE) instead of a traditional campus. This means you will have access to your study materials 24/7, including:

  • multimedia lecturecasts made up of written content, short videos, animation, audio recordings, infographics, short tests and mini-assignments
  • discussion forums for you to chat about the course content with fellow students
  • live skills workshops with your tutors
  • a comprehensive eLibrary of textbooks and academic journals
  • support from academic staff and your dedicated Student Support team

To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, we cap our class sizes at 20 students.

Assessment methods

Rather than fretting about exams, you will be assessed exclusively through assignments. This can be by engaging in discussion forums throughout your modules, completing reflective journal entries, or by submitting longer written pieces.

We are committed to providing frequent and transparent feedback through the following ways:

  • Our assessment criteria are designed to be simple and transparent.
  • You will always be aware of your current provisional grade, right from the start of the programme.
  • You will be able to view your marks clearly in your gradebook whenever you log onto the learning platform.
  • There is a 7-day turnaround for marking and feedback of assessed work.
  • You will have regular contact with your Student Support team, with whom you can discuss any concerns as soon as they arise.

Career prospects

An education in psychology can be useful in a wide array of fields, including counselling, marketing, the civil service, healthcare and the legal system.

You can also pursue further education in psychology in order to enter one of the many career paths within the field, such as investigative and forensic psychology, neuroscience, healthcare, clinical roles, child development and education, sports, exercise and occupational psychology. This degree will also be beneficial within academia, research or training.

Modules

Human Development over the Lifespan (20 Credits) - Core
Critical Social Psychology (20 Credits) - Core
Advanced Research Methods (20 Credits) - Core
Psychobiology and Neuroscience (20 Credits) - Core
Research Methods (10 Credits)
Psychology Skills and Employability (20 Credits)
Core Principles of Psychological Enquiry (10 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (overall cost)

7,891

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (overall cost)

7,891

Entry requirements

At University of Essex Online, we believe that everyone should be able to access education. That is why we offer two different entry routes onto our PG Dip Psychology, which considers academic or work-based experience. Academic entry route - You must have the following qualifications as a minimum: an undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree, or a relevant professional qualification. Work experience entry route - You must meet the following criteria: at least 3 years’ experience (voluntary or paid) within a relevant field, supported by 2 appropriate references.

Department profile

University of Essex Online provides 100% online part-time Masters degrees and short courses in business, computing, education, health, law, criminology and psychology. You can study with us from anywhere with an internet connection and at a time that suits your schedule best. Your course will be delivered through a state-of-the-art virtual learning environment (VLE), which provides you with 24/7 access to high-quality resources, including...more

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