Psychology Research Internship

Module titlePsychology Research Internship
Module codePSY3906
Academic year2014/5
Module staff

Dr Chris Dodds (Lecturer)

Dr Chris Dodds (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

The Psychology Research Internship Module provides promising 1st, 2nd and 3rd year psychology students with the opportunity to become involved in cutting-edge research in close collaboration with a member of staff in an area of interest. Over the course of the internship, you will take responsibility for one or more aspects of a research project. The tasks that you work on vary from project to project, but may initially include participant recruitment, data entry and general research administration. As you gain experience you may have the opportunity to progress to more advanced tasks such as participant assessment, data collection, data analysis, literature searches, and so on. This module is especially recommended if you are considering a career in research (industry or academic) or as a psychologist. Acceptance into this module is competitive and you are expected to meet a high academic standard (typically, on track for a high 2:1 or 1st degree) as well as demonstrate a strong enthusiasm for the area of research. This module does not contribute towards degree progression or award.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aim of the module is to improve your research skills (such as research design, data collection, data processing or project management), your knowledge of a cutting-edge area of psychological research and your employability (a clearer sense of the nature of a career in research; the development of skills and knowledge relevant to a career in research or psychology and evidence of these achievements).

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Design / conduct at an advanced level an empirical study and analyse / interpret findings in line with your project responsibilities
  • 2. Describe theories, research and experimental techniques in the area of your project
  • 3. Explain in depth how your specific project is associated with a career in research / psychology and illustrate the pathway to pursuing this career

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Acquire a critical understanding of knowledge at the forefront of an area of the discipline
  • 5. Think critically about the limits of knowledge and methodologies for obtaining this knowledge
  • 6. Evaluate critically and analyse empirical evidence

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. Take responsibility for an important part of a research project and demonstrate professionalism in your delivery on your tasks
  • 8. Act autonomously with minimal supervision or direction, within agreed guidelines
  • 9. Manage time effectively to meet deadlines

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

The module follows an apprenticeship model of research training. Regular meetings are held with the supervisor throughout the module. Each member of staff contributing to the module offers a set of research project topics. As far as possible, students will be matched with staff who are conducting research within their area of interest. The supervisor will ensure that any necessary training is delivered in a timely fashion and that the intern receives an induction on their first day. Supervisors will meet regularly with the interns throughout the internship to ensure that they are adequately supported and that they have the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experiences. Supervisors will schedule a review session that will coincide with the midway point of the internship to discuss the progress of the internship.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching45Internship activities
Guided Independent Study5Internship diary


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Weekly supervisor discussion30 minutes4-9Oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Reflective diary501000 words1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6Written
Internship participation50Competent completion of internship tasks 7, 8, 9Written


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Reflective diaryReflective diary1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6August ref/def
Internship participationInternship participation (20 additional internship hours)7, 8, 9August ref/def

Re-assessment notes

Two assessments are required for this module. Where you have been referred/deferred in the reflective diary you will have the opportunity to resubmit it in the August/September re-assessment period. Where you have been referred/deferred in the Internship Participation, you will have the opportunity to complete an additional 20 internship hours on which your re-assessment will be based.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Sternberg, R.J. (1993) The Psychologists's Companion: A guide to scientific

writing for students and researchers (3rd edition). Chapters 1,3 (especially), 4,

5. Cambridge University Press.

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

The Career Zone:

CVs and Making Applications

click on ‘Jobs and Work’then ‘Applications and Interviews’ – useful power word list


Work Experience


Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Employability, careers, job application, work experience, internship

Credit value5
Module ECTS


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