Study Patterns: Psychology MSc (online)

On this page, you will find the study patterns for our MSc Psychology (online) programme.

This study patterns highlight the module(s) that you will need to study and select for the upcoming academic year. The scheduled modules for the remainder of your programme, outlined below, are based on the current plan, however, please note that the order of these may be subject to change. Should any changes be made, we will communicate this to you as soon as possible. Should you have any concerns regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact us.

You will need to select one specialised optional module (subject to availability). The availability of optional modules depends on your course start date (Autumn, Spring or Summer) and pace of study (standard or accelerated). This is because you will need to complete certain core modules before your optional module and because the modules run in specific trimesters.

Please note that any optional modules are subject to viable group sizes. Should you choose a module that is deemed to be non-viable, you will be notified of the alternative available options. Please contact us on +44 (0)1332 594000 or onlineadmissions@derby.ac.uk to discuss your options.

The first module on this course will be Introduction to Perspectives in Psychology (7PS543). Investigation and Analysis (7PS503) is a pre-requisite module for Social and Developmental Psychology (7PS506), Biological and Cognitive Approaches to Psychology (7PS544), Individual Differences (7PS502) and Masters Research Project (7PS999) and so this module will need to be taken before the others.

The running order for new students must therefore be 7PS543 as your first module, followed by 7PS503 as your second module.

As a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited programme, group work is required as part of the BPS standards. Therefore when you are studying Investigation and Analysis (7PS503) and Biological and Cognitive Approaches to Psychology (7PS544), these modules require students to be working with other students in groups from the start of the trimester (week 1) with work to be submitted by week 4 of teaching. Please note that students not engaging with their groups by the end of week 3 will be dropped from the module due to non-engagement and will be subject to a cancellation charge.

For our students completing the programme at the standard rate of study, we recommend that you study 20 hours per week. For our students completing the programme at the accelerated rate of study, we recommend that you study 40 hours per week.

Psychology, MSc - standard (3 years) with Autumn (September) start

Study PatternAutumnSpringSummer
Year 1 Introduction to Perspectives in Psychology
(7PS543)
20 credits
Investigation and Analysis
(7PS503)
20 credits 

Option C Module*
20 credits

Year 2 Individual Differences
(7PS502)
20 credits
Social and Developmental Psychology
(7PS506)
20 credits
Biological and Cognitive Approaches to Psychology
(7PS544)
20 credits  
Year 3 Masters Research Project
(7PS999)
60 credits 
Masters Research Project
(7PS999)
60 credits continued 
Masters Research Project
(7PS999)
60 credits continued 

*Option C Modules: Autism, Asperger's and ADHD (6PS523); The Psychology of Pain (6PS532); Applied Performance Psychology (6PS545); Contemporary Issues in Psychology (6PS546)

Psychology, MSc - accelerated (2 years) with autumn (September) start

Study PatternAutumnSpringSummer
Year 1

Introduction to Perspectives in Psychology
(7PS543)
20 credits

Investigation and Analysis
(7PS503)
20 credits

Social and Developmental Psychology
(7PS506)
20 credits

Option B Module*
20 credits 
Biological and Cognitive Approaches to Psychology
(7PS544)
20 credits

Masters Research Project
(7PS999)
60 credits 
Year 2

Individual Differences
(7PS502)
20 credits

Masters Research Project
(7PS999)
60 credits continued

Masters Research Project
(7PS999)
60 credits continued
 

*Option B Modules: Clinical Applications of Psychology (6PS525); Neuropsychology (6PS530); Languages and Literacy Development (6PS547); Positive Psychology (6PS548)