Module code: PSYM002

Module provider


Module Leader

CROPLEY M Prof (Psychology)

Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 22

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY 1000 WORDS 25

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Module overview

This module aims to provide students with advanced knowledge and understanding of methods, theory and practice in different types of assessment techniques used in Health Psychology research in accordance with requirements (stage 1) of the British Psychological Society's Division of Health Psychology accreditation criteria. This module addresses the following curriculum areas: research and research methods, contexts and perspectives in health psychology, physiological and psychosomatic disease processes, health-related behavior and cognitions, interventions and measurement issues.  This module will help to prepare students to conduct research in an ethically and technically rigorous and practical manner.

Module aims

Introduce students to a variety of approaches used in health psychology research

Help students to develop a comprehensive understanding of conducting research in an ethically and technically rigorous and practical manner

Introduce students to the methods used to conduct a systematic review of psychological research

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 To discuss and be aware of the differences between the medical model and the  biopsychosocial model KCPT
1 To be able to conduct systematic research review within health psychology KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Thinking about health psychology research
Study design
Critical Thinking
Methods: Conducting systematic reviews Psycho-neuro-endocrinology Methods: psychophysiological
Epidemiology: observational studies &  trials
Health psychology interventions

Getting published as a health psychologist

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

provide students with an understanding of the techniques used in health psychology research.

The learning and teaching methods include:

11 x 2hr lectures including in-class discussion and learning exercises

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the application of research skills in health psychology.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Essay 1000 words 25% (addresses learning outcome: 1) Submission: Week 6
Systematic Review 3500 words 75% (addresses learning outcome: 2) Submission: Week 12

Formative assessment

Student will receive formative assessment based on group exercises and case studies completed in class.


Written feedback is provided by the course convenor on both assignments.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Health Psychology MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Social Psychology MSc 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Research Methods in Psychology MSc 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.