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Psychology: New postgraduate students

Postgraduate taught students

Postgraduate taught students

We will be updating this page regularly as new details of induction and welcome activities are released. Please ensure you check back here frequently for updates, as well as your personal email account, new University of Exeter email account, and your My Timetable for the most up-to-date information from us. (Please note you need to register with the University and activate your IT account to access My Timetable.) If you have any questions about your induction or starting your studies, please contact your Info Point using the details on this page.

Congratulations on obtaining a place on an MSc programme in Psychology.

If you have not yet accepted the offer of a place on the MSc programme and paid the required deposit, please do so as soon as possible so that full preparations can be made for your arrival in Exeter.

Department online induction

Take a look at our Psychology Induction on FutureLearn, which aims to help prepare you for life and study in Psychology and gives you an opportunity to meet some of your new coursemates.

New students website

This is a good time to have a read through the new students webpages, particularly the Before you arrive section which includes information about essential and advisable tasks for you to start to work through.

Welcome to the Department of Psychology at the University of Exeter!

You are joining one of the top universities in the country, a member of the Russell Group of top research-led universities, with an outstanding record of employability. As a consequence, you can expect our standards to be very high, our teaching to be excellent and your experience to be one of the best available in higher education.

What you will experience here is a step up from what you have experienced before at undergraduate level. You will learn advanced skills, taught by people who are world leaders in their areas of knowledge— researchers who know exactly what it's like to establish a new finding, discover a new effect, or construct a new theory. They will expect you to learn to operate at the same level as them, and eventually to be capable of doing what they do.

I encourage you to make the best of this year by engaging with your tutors, lecturers and other members of staff. Become part of the discipline and attend our seminars and talks and you will feel the full benefit of studying at Exeter.

We look forward to working with you.

Professor Joanne Smith, Head of Psychology

Getting started in Psychology

On Thursday 22 September 2022 from 13:00-16:00 you will have some scheduled induction meetings to get to know the department.

The purpose of academic induction is to introduce you to your academic programme, complete any necessary pre-registration tasks, and meet fellow students and academic staff.

Please note that event times and locations are subject to change - please check your timetable in iExeter for the most up-to-date information and to access online events. 

DayTimeEventLocationWho should attend
Thursday 22 September 13:30-14:00 

Welcome & Introduction to MSc Programmes in Psychology

Hazel Mycroft and Tim Fawcett - Directors of Education

Newman Blue  All students

Introduction to the Student Guild

Guild Representative

Introduction to PGT

Andy Higginson, Aureliu Lavric, Miriam Koschate-Reis, Lamprini Psychogiou, Josephine Hughes

14:00-15:00

Introduction to MSc Animal Behaviour

Andy Higginson (Programme Director)

WSL 234 MSc Animal Behaviour
14:30-15:00 Coffee and cake
14:00-15:00

Introduction to MSc Psychological Research Methods

Aureliu Lavric (Programme Director)

WSL 219 MSc Psychological Research Methods
14:30-15:00 Coffee and cake
15:00-16:00

Introduction to MSc Social and Organisational Psychology

Miriam Koschate-Reis (Programme Director)

WSL 105 MSc Social and Organisational Psychology
15:00-16:30 Coffee and cake
15:00-16:00

Introduction to MSc Psychology (Conversion)

Lamprini Psychogiou (PSY Programme Director), Rebecca Georgis (GSE Programme Director)

WSL 219 MSc Psychology (Conversion)
15:00-16:30 Coffee and cake

Info at Washington Singer: Your Psychology Hub

If you have any Psychology-specific enquires please contact Info at Washington Singer by email psychology@exeter.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)1392 724626.

Psychology is based in the Washington Singer building on Perry Road. You can take virtual tours, complete with 360º panoramas, to see what the campus really looks like. 

For essential information relating to Psychology please go to our ELE (Exeter Learning Environment) page.

General enquiries

For all general and IT enquiries please contact SID (Student Information Desk) online or via the iExeter app: log on to iExeter, click on the ‘SID Helpdesk’ tab and select the link to ‘log a new enquiry’.

There is a huge range of information available about accessing support at Exeter – please see the student services directory

Psychology ELE Hub

For essential information relating to Psychology please go to our ELE (Exeter Learning Environment) page.

Services and support

Access and wellbeing support

If you have declared a disability on your application form pre-arrival or on a medical form, we would advise you to contact AccessAbility and Wellbeing services by logging an enquiry through the SID helpdesk. They will ensure that you get the additional study support you require e.g. extra time in exams, specific software etc.

Wellbeing services offer mental health support and counselling, as well as self-help resources you can access here.

Our AccessAbility team provide information and advice for students with a disability or long-term health condition. This can include specific learning difficulties, long-term health conditions, sensory or mobility impairments, autism spectrum conditions and mental health difficulties.

If you are eligible, we can help you to set up an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) to recommend reasonable adjustments to help you to minimise the impact any disability, long-term health condition or specific learning difficulty may have on your studies. Reasonable adjustments for examinations (such as extra time, laptop usage, specific rooming provision) can be put in place with our support and appropriate supporting evidence.

It is important to note that previous exam adjustments you may have had before registering at the university will not automatically transfer to your study at Exeter.

If you feel you would benefit from any of the Wellbeing support detailed, please do contact our teams as soon as possible so that any support can be arranged for you to start the term confidently.

Here in Psychology we work closely with the Students’ Guild to ensure you get the most out of your time at Exeter.

Student Societies

The Guild oversees nearly 300 different societies, and we strongly encourage you to explore all the taster events during your induction to find groups and activities that match your interests. There really is something to suit everyone (yes, even the introverts amongst you!) and connecting with other students is the key to beginning to feel at home here.

Here are a few societies that could be of particular interest to you as Psychology students:

Freshers’ Week 2022

Your Students’ Guild is planning Freshers’ Week 2022 with events from 19 – 25 September. There are plans for a similar event at the start of January 2023.

More about the Guild

But there’s more to the Guild than socialising and sport: they also offer brilliant food outlets, a shop, and an Advice Unit where you can get free, confidential guidance on areas as diverse as your finances, accommodation, welfare, and academic issues such as appeals, mitigation and misconduct.

The Guild also offers specific support to students who are parents, carers, care leavers, asylum seekers, refugees, or are estranged from their families, so if this is you please don’t hesitate to get in touch to find out more.

All of these amazing services and resources are supported by elected Guild Officers, who are your representatives and work hard with the University to get your voices heard.

Your detailed personal timetable will be available to view and download in iExeter from Monday 19 September. Teaching commences on Monday 26 September 2022. How to understand your timetable guide (Word doc).

All timetabling is organised centrally by the Timetable Team. Staff are available to answer any queries that you may have via student.timetable.peterchalk@exeter.ac.uk.

For further information about your timetable, please see the timetabling webpages.

The Academic Peer Mentorship is a programme designed to help students settle into University life and their degree and meet fellow students. If you are a Postgraduate student, you can either become a mentor for a Year 3 BSc student or take part in the scheme to buddy-up with other PGT students.

What kind of help can mentors offer?

Mentors can help students get acquainted with the University- that can include sharing your experience on general university life (e.g., University systems and services) or more specific things that helped you with your studies (e.g., note-taking, revision strategies). Mentors are not expected to act as counsellors or personal tutors.

Who can participate?

Anyone can participate! If you are interested in participating either as a mentor or as a buddy, please contact i.kapantai@exeter.ac.uk to express your interest. Please make clear whether you’d be interested to participate as a mentor or buddy.

How can I sign up?

Email Dr Ioanna Kapantai on i.kapantai@exeter.ac.uk.

Additional information

It is very important for this programme that you are ready to start your studies on Monday 26 September as the content progresses quickly, particularly in statistics and biological psychology, making it difficult to catch up on, and any students starting late will miss out on some of the support sessions. If you have any concerns about this, please contact us by email: psychology@exeter.ac.uk or telephone: +44 (0)1392 724626.

On this programme you will also take some modules in the Graduate School of Education, part of the College of Social Sciences and International Studies - please also familiarise yourself with the College's induction webpages.

You have a choice whether to take PSYM227 or ERPM009 as your 15 credit optional module (see descriptions at 2022/23 | Psychology | University of Exeter). Both modules have been added to your record so that when timetables are released on Monday 19th September you can make an informed choice about which module is a better fit for you – both academically and in terms of timetabling.

Please ensure that you contact us by Friday 7th October by emailing psychology@ex.ac.uk and let us know which module you would like us to remove from your 2022/23 student record. If you can do so before Friday 7th October that would be preferable so we can ensure that your timetable/student record and ELE access are all up to date.

We have added 120 credits of both PSYM and ERPM modules to your Stage 1 record. We have assumed that you will be taking PSYM222 and PSYM220 in Stage 2 of your studies next year (see descriptions at 2022/23 | Psychology | University of Exeter). Modules have been added to your record so that when timetables are released on Monday 19th September you can make an informed choice about which modules you would like to study in Stage 1. You should speak to your Programme Director(s) when you meet them on Thursday 22nd September to discuss your modules across Stage 1 and Stage 2 to ensure what works best for you – both academically and in terms of timetabling. Ideally you should aim to take 90 credits in each Stage of your studies.

Please ensure that you contact us by Friday 7th October by emailing psychology@ex.ac.uk and let us know which modules you would like us to remove from your 2022/23 student record. If you can do so before Friday 7th October that would be preferable so we can ensure that your timetable/student record and ELE access is up to date.