Psychology MA

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Psychology MA

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Master

    • Duration:

      2 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    Studying Psychology at the Master’s level means learning how to do scholarly and commercially applicable research into the human mind, human feelings, and how people interact. Graduate research work in this case will include completing an empirical thesis. In addition, you may engage in additional research projects in cooperation with other students, often forming interdisciplinary teams across different focus areas and research labs. Many of these projects see active dissemination, including peer reviewed publication and presentation at international or national conferences.

    Your thesis will be supervised by a committee of three, one of whom will be a primary supervisor. As this department typically has student to faculty ratios as low as 2 to 1, close collaboration and mentorship is virtually guaranteed.

    Brock University’s MA program in Psychology allows you to choose a focus area from among three specialties:

    • Social and Personality Psychology
    • Lifespan Development
    • Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This degree program is typically delivered over at least 2 years of full or part time study.

    This is a heavily research-based program. Brock University’s many existing Psychology research foci include:

    • Behavioural and electrophysiological investigations of dual-task attention
    • Behavioural and electrophysiological investigations of language, especially with respect to sentence processing
    • Consequences of sleep deprivation
    • Developmental and age-related change in cognitive and emotional function
    • Electrophysiological correlates of risk-taking behaviours and individual differences in sensitivity to rewards and punishments
    • Electrophysiological investigation of sleep
    • Electrophysiological investigation of visual information processing
    • Functional neuroimaging of visual short-term memory and perception
    • Role of experience in early life and in adolescence in shaping brain development and later vulnerability for depression, anxiety, and drug abuse using animal models
    • The development of perceptual expertise, with an emphasis on face perception
    • The impact of early experience on perceptual and cognitive development
    • The long-term sequelae of closed head injury
    • The neural correlates of attentional processes
    • The relationship between performance and neuroendocrine function

    Learning And Teaching

    Brock University relies on traditional teaching methods as well as hands on training in the practicalities of academic and commercial research. Your coursework will consist of a single elective which should be chosen to synergise with your thesis topic, two years’ worth of research seminars, a one term course which will align with your specific are of focus and courses on both data analysis and research methods. TA assistantships are also available.

    Career Possibilities

    This degree can prepare you for a wide range of different careers, academic, commercial or industrial, depending on your elective module and specialisation choices. Though over 80% of Brock’s MA graduates go on to do PhD level studies, you’ll have many career options.

    No matter which path you’ve followed you’ll have picked up a wide range of transferrable skills such as teamwork, critical thinking, communication, teaching, data analysis, research design, research implementation, and more.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 2 year MA degree.

    Applicants to Brock’s MA in Psychology should have an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience or Psychology, or the international equivalent. Other degrees can still qualify you, if they included a Bachelor’s thesis on a relevant topic.

    All classes are taught in English, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test.

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