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Advanced Modules

Complete listings of advanced modules, with associated course details are available via the table below.

Year 3

Advanced Modules

2019-20Advanced Modules 2019-20
2020-21Advanced Modules 2020-21

Literature Surveys

Everything you need to know about Literature Surveys, from initial planning through to final submission can be found on the Literature Surveys - Key Information page.

A list of potential literature survey supervisors is provided in the table below:


Year 3

Potential Literature Survey Supervisors

2019-20Literature Survey Supervisors 2019-20
2020-21Literature Survey Supervisors 2020-21

Timetables

Year 3

Advanced Modules

Literature Surveys

2019-20

Deadline: Advanced Module selection open

via online app throughout Week 8 of the

Spring Term.

Allocations announced: Week 10

Literature Survey Schedule 2019-20
2020-21

Deadline: Advanced Module selection open

via online app throughout Week 8 of the

Spring Term.

Allocations announced: Week 10

Literature Survey Schedule 2020-21

Allocation procedures for Year 3 courses

How are students allocated to Literature Survey supervisors?

All Literature Survey supervisors have a quota allocation for Literature Surveys they can supervise. Students are allocated Literature Survey supervisors using the ranked list described above, assigning to each student their most preferred supervisor who still has places within their quota.

How are students selected for the two clinical Advanced Modules?

Two Advanced Modules in clinical psychology run each year - one in the Autumn term and one in the Spring term. Because of the particular teaching demands of these modules, numbers of students have to be capped at 30 for each module, with the same students taking both modules. There is a separate application procedure, and decisions on which students to accept are taken by the clinical course team based on a combination of Year 1 marks and the applicant's relevant experience and understanding of clinical psychology. The demand for places can vary from year to year, so it is difficult to give definite guidance on the level of Year 1 marks required. In 2014, 60 students applied for the 30 available places and the mean Year 1 mark for students accepted on the clinical modules was 70, with SD 4 and range 65-79.

Students who are successful in their application to take the two clinical modules are automatically assigned to these modules as their first choices for Advanced Modules in the Autumn and Spring Terms. MSci students take one advanced module per term in their third year and so no further steps may be necessary if they are successful in their application to take the two clinical modules. BSc students take two advanced modules per term however, and so their second Advanced Module for each term is allocated using the procedure common to all BSc students, as described below.

An important point to bear in mind is that although the places on the clinical modules are limited, lack of success in gaining a place on these modules does not preclude a career in clinical psychology. Students who do not take the clinical Advanced Modules can still apply for assistant psychologist and comparable posts following graduation, and advice on potential ways to become a clinical psychologist will be given to all Year 3 students by members of the clinical course team.

How are students allocated to other Advanced Modules?

The Department uses an automatic module selection/allocation system developed by IT services, called Optional Modules App (OMA) which has been used widely across the University. Students first submit their module preferences online. Using a mathematical algorithm (Gurobi Optimizer algorithm), OMA will allocate students to each module based on their preferences in a way so that it will maximize the overall happiness of students (i.e., allocate as many students as possible to their first choice, while avoiding allocating them to less preferred module whenever possible).

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