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Applying Psychology - PSY00014C

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  • Department: Psychology
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Katie Slocombe
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

This module aims to bridge the gap between psychological research and real-world practices and applications and to introduce you to diverse careers that apply psychology in the working world. In-depth discussion of educational, clinical and occupational Psychology will be complemented by personal insights from professionals into a range of careers that a Psychology degree prepares you for. A group challenge will give hands-on experience of implementing psychological findings to a real-world problem and give an opportunity to explore and test personal strengths.

Module learning outcomes

  • Critically evaluate the empirical evidence relevant to specific treatments for mental issues, from drug-centred treatment approaches through to psychologically-based therapies including the psychoanalytic tradition, psychotherapies including mindfulness and interpersonal psychotherapy, and cognitive behavioural therapy.
  • Explain the practicalities and impact of implementing research into real-world educational contexts and educational practice.
  • Critically evaluate different techniques within personnel selection and assessment and explain how occupational psychologists work to improve employee motivation, the performance of workplace teams and to manage organisational development and change
  • Demonstrate understanding of psychological features of behaviour change, advertising and marketing in the design of an advertising campaign for a charity
  • Articulate personal reflection on strengths developed, tested or demonstrated during the group challenge and identify career paths that may be a good match for your personal strengths and career goals.

Module content

This course will cover three key areas of Applied Psychology, Occupational, Educational and Clinical/Counselling Psychology. There will be lectures on the key theories and practices for each area. There will also be material from practitioners from the professional areas who will provide insight into their role and how to access careers within their professions. There will also be content that directly supports students’ employability. This will include a focus on the understanding and development of key employability skills


Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Applying Psychology
1.5 hours 50
Applying Psychology Portfolio
N/A 10
Group Challenge Write Up
N/A 40

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Applying Psychology
1 hours 100

Module feedback

The marks on all assessed work will be provided on e-vision.

Indicative reading

None specified.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.