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M148PY Empirical Dissertation in Health Psychology


The aim of this module is to engage you in supervised but independent work at an advanced level. This will be comprised of an empirical project, based on the proposal you made in the dissertation preparation module.

The module will be assessed by coursework.  You will produce a manuscript reporting your empirical study, in the format required for submission to a relevant peer reviewed journal in health psychology or a related field.

If you successfully complete this module you will be able to

  1. Critically evaluate a specified area of health psychology literature.
  2. Carry out and report a substantial piece of empirical research in the field of health psychology whilst working within appropriate ethical, resource, ability and time boundaries.
  3. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of and critically evaluate the contribution and relevance of health psychological theory and method as applied to a specific applied setting.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Working within ethical guidelines, independently to deadlines and demonstrating initiative and an advanced level of skill in planning, problem-solving, information gathering and investigation.
  5. Structure and present information in a manner appropriate to communicate with other psychology professionals.

There are no scheduled classes. Sessions to support your work on this dissertation module will be provided in M146PY Advancing professional practice in health psychology. Your work on this empirical dissertation module should include meetings with your supervisory team to be arranged at mutually convenient times.

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