module specification

PY7018 - Individual Differences (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Individual Differences
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 200
176 hours Guided independent study
24 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Research report
Coursework 50%   Extended essay
Running in 2024/25

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Module summary

This module provides students with systematic understanding of key theories of individual differences in the areas of personality, intelligence, motivation and emotion. It also develops students’ comprehensive understanding of how these topics can be scientifically investigated using appropriate research methodologies and foster students’ skills in the development of academic argument and critical evaluation in these core areas of psychology.


Topics will be drawn from: personality, individual differences, intelligence, emotion, motivation. LO1,LO2,LO3,LO4

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the subject areas and related topics through lectures and directed independent study. Deeper understanding, evaluation and skill development will be promoted through directed study of recommended reading material and online resources.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will:
1. Have in-depth knowledge and understanding of key theories of individual differences and the extent to which they provide a comprehensive account of different aspects of human behaviour;
2. Have a critical understanding of the potential strengths and limitations of methods of psychological assessment and measurement;
3. Be able to critically evaluate key concepts, theories and empirical work and debate the comparative merits of different types of explanation and methodology.
4. Be able to investigate individual differences using appropriate methodologies and present research findings in line with discipline-specific expectations and requirements.


Cooper, C. (2010). Individual differences and personality (3rd Ed.). London: Hodder Education. E Resource.


Maltby, J., Day, L.. & Macaskill, A. (2013). Personality, individual differences and intelligence (3rd Ed). Harlow: Prentice Hall. E Resource.
Pervin, L. A., & Cervone, D. (2010). Personality: Theory and research (11th Ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.