module specification

PC6P01 - Psychology Project (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Psychology Project
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 300
30 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
270 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Individual Presentation 15%   Poster Presentation
Project 85%   Research report
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Wednesday Afternoon

Module summary

This module will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to design, conduct, and present a psychology research project. It will develop your understanding of the scientific method and your ability to collect valid and reliable research data through an ethically sound process. It will provide opportunities for you to apply the knowledge and skills you have developed throughout the course to address a research question of your choice. It will develop your ability to conduct statistical and/or qualitative data analysis using appropriate software and platforms (where appropriate); write a complete research report in line with professional publication standards; and present your research in different ways to different audiences. In doing so, the module will equip you with a range of transferable skills necessary for postgraduate study and employment in different professions.

Prior learning requirements

PC5058 Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology
PC5061 Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology


There is no taught syllabus for this module as you will study material relevant to your own independent research project and attend supervision meetings throughout the year. Workshops will be held approximately every three teaching weeks during the year and will be aligned to the stage of project progression.

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

You will have a project supervisor whose role is to advise and monitor progress and to intervene in the case of problems. You are required to commit to a research topic, carry out a literature search on the topic and write a research proposal on which you will receive constructive feedback. This feedback will help to develop your understanding of how to design research that is interesting, relevant, valid, replicable, and ethical. The research proposal enables modifications to be made at this stage to ensure that you do not pursue a project that is fundamentally flawed and that the necessary materials and resources to carry out the research are in place. All project proposals undergo initial ethical scrutiny by the project supervisor then by the Psychology Research Ethics Community panel. Once proposals are approved, you will carry out the data collection and analyse the data independently. You will receive feedback on an initial version of the research report to ensure that their interpretation and discussion is based on meaningful treatment of the data.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

1. Critically evaluate theory and research to derive meaningful research questions and/or hypotheses.
2. Designing a valid, replicable, and ethical research study.
3. Collect data and conduct appropriate analyses.
4. Interpret results appropriately in terms of the research questions/hypotheses and be able to relate them to the wider theoretical context.
5. Present the research study in a report in line with professional publication standards.
6. Present your research findings to different audiences via a poster and a press release.