Study Patterns: Psychology Postgraduate Diploma (online)

On this page, you will find the study patterns for our Postgraduate Diploma in 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 on +44 (0)1332 594000 or onlineadmissions@derby.ac.uk.

Please note that 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 the Masters Research Project (7PS505) 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, Postgraduate Diploma - standard (2-3 years) with Autumn (September) start

Study PatternAutumnSpringSummer
Year 1 Introduction to Perspectives in Psychology
(7PS543)
20 credits
Investigation and Analysis
(7PS503)
20 credits 
Biological and Cognitive Approaches to Psychology
(7PS544)
20 credits 
Year 2 Individual Differences
(7PS502)
20 credits 
Social and Developmental Psychology
(7PS506)
20 credits 
Research Project
(7PS505)
20 credits studied over two trimesters 
Year 3 Research Project
(7PS505)
20 credits continued 
n/a n/a

 

Psychology, Postgraduate Diploma - accelerated (1.5 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 
Biological and Cognitive Approaches to Psychology
(7PS544)
20 credits

Research Project
(7PS505)
20 credits studied over two trimesters 
Year 2 Individual Differences
(7PS502)
20 credits

Research Project
(7PS505)
20 credits continued
n/a n/a