In Research Methods in Psychology, you will be introduced to the range of research methods, approaches and tools that are available to you in order to conduct your post graduate project. The unit will cover philosophy and ethics in research, primary and secondary research methods including quantitative, qualitative and visual research methods, and how to analyse, evaluate and disseminate research findings. The unit will consider research in a range of contexts relevant to the cultural and creative industries, and enable you to understand the relationship between theory and practice.
Cognition refers to how we make sense of the world. In the Cognition and Creativity unit you will learn about cognitive psychology is the scientific investigation of mental abilities: perception, learning, remembering, thinking, reasoning, understanding and communication. In short, cognitive psychology is concerned with how we make sense of the world we inhabit; how we acquire and apply knowledge or information. It is frequently demanded in interdisciplinary studies and is influenced by artificial intelligence, computer science, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, biology, physics, and neuroscience. In this unit we will study existing theories and evidence in Cognitive Psychology to understand and predict how people make sense of their world. In this unit, we consider how cognitive processes influence, and are influenced by, creative processes at individual, societal, community and global levels.
The Personality and Individual Differences unit is concerned with the psychological processes and individual differences and similarities that make us who we are. Personality can be defined as a dynamic set of characteristics that influences cognition and behaviour and the consistent patterns of thoughts, feelings, social adjustments, and behaviours that strongly influence expectations, self-perceptions, values and attitudes. We will discuss the psychological theories of personality and individual differences and apply them to human cognition and behaviour within fashion. We will debate the role of personality in aspects of fashion from design to management. In addition, we will consider the value of psychometrics and psychographics.
The objective of Quantitative Research Methods and Data Analysis unit is to develop models, theories and hypotheses about phenomena. Measurement is central because it provides the connection between empirical observation and numerical expression of quantitative relationships. Psychologists applying quantitative methods ask specific research questions and collect numerical data from participants to answer the question. The data are analysed with the help of statistics. For this purpose we will use the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) which is designed specifically for social scientists and is the most used software for statistical data analysis in psychology. Used together, qualitative and quantitative methods (mixed methods) are a powerful means of understanding phenomena. Qualitative methods produce information only on the particular cases studied resulting in hypothetical conclusions, whereas quantitative methods can be used to verify which of such hypotheses are supported.
The Collaborative Unit: Psychology unit is designed to enable you to innovate, to participate in developmental processes, and to engage with collaborative working practices. You will be encouraged to engage in the professional negotiation and networking skills that you will need in order to be successful in the cultural and creative industries. The nature of this collaboration may be within your own course, with students on other courses or with industry. The project that you undertake will depend upon your discipline and the specific requirements of your course.
The Social Cognition and Lifespan Development unit is concerned with understanding how individuals make sense of the world, and the processes that underlie social judgment and behaviour. You will explore how social and cultural influences impact on individual, group, community and organisation desires, goals and subjective experiences, and how these factors affect attitudes, judgments, and actions across the lifespan of the individual, group, community or organisation. Key topics include social perception, motivation, attitudes, embodiment, social judgment and decision making, and cultural influences.
The Masters Project: Psychology major piece of work and the culmination of your Masters study. It provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills acquired through your work on the course. Throughout the Masters Project, you are guided and supported by tutorials and peer and staff evaluation at interim stages. You will be allocated a supervisor for your project and will complete a learning contract outlining how you intend to develop and deliver your project. The Masters Project may take a variety of forms by negotiation, and is assessed by presentation in an agreed format, accompanied by an evaluative commentary/presentation on the development of the project.
Showing your work
All students are advised to set up a profile on portfolio.arts.ac.uk, UAL’s new portfolio platform, which can be done at any point during your time at LCF and will last for up to 12 months after graduation. This platform is often used to source student work for promotional use on the website, social media and for print and can be a great way of getting your work seen. You may also be asked to have a portfolio profile for the selection process when it comes to degree shows.