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Evening Degree Programme (Lifelong and Flexible Learning)

Modern psychology is about the fundamental understanding of perception, thinking, motivation and behaviour at several different levels, including the study of animal and human brains that perform all of these tasks. The word “Psychology” often reminds people of Freudian psychoanalysis and the treatment of psychopathology. In fact do deal with the latter it is necessary to understand how the normal mind and brain work, and the discoveries made by a scientific approach to these issues over the last decades constitute a major part of the psychology taught at St. Andrews.

We have contributed to the Evening degree programme since its introduction at the end of the last century. The School offers modules at levels 1, 2 and 3 which mirror the topics and content of the full-time degree with a range of assessments designed to address the core skills provided by the programme.

You can study psychology here without having done it before. Basic mathematical skills are, of course, an advantage in learning the necessary statistical techniques, but this subject is also taught from the basics. Consequently there are no required subjects for entry onto our programmes.

Across the three modules we will encounter material from the core topics identified by the British Psychological Society who accredit our full-time degree. These include:

  1. Biological psychology
    e.g. biological bases of behaviour, hormones and behaviour, behavioural genetics, neuroimaging, neuropsychology, socio-biology and evolutionary psychology.

  2. Cognitive psychology
    e.g. attention, the study of perception, learning, memory, thinking, language, consciousness and cognitive neuropsychology.

  3. Developmental psychology
    e.g. childhood, adolescence and life-span development, development of attachment, social relations, cognitive and language development and social and cultural contexts of development.

  4. Social psychology
    e.g. social cognition, attribution, attitudes, group processes and intergroup relations, close relationships and social constructionism.

  5. Conceptual and historical issues in psychology
    e.g. the study of psychology as a science; the social and cultural construction of psychology; conceptual and historical paradigms and models – comparisons and critiques; political and ethical issues in psychology; integration across multiple perspectives.

First level

The aims of the Psychology of Everyday Life 1 (PS1901) are:

  • to provide an introduction to the theoretical foundations and modern developments of psychology
  • to provide an introduction to a variety of subjects which make up contemporary psychology
  • to provide a deep introduction to one of the core areas of research
  • to provide a grounding in the empirical basis of psychology

The principal teaching method is lectures. In addition, we will have practical sessions and discussion groups as well as opportunities for you to present your findings to your classmates. The skills necessary for writing research reports will also be taught.  However it will be assumed that entrants have no previous knowledge of Psychology.

Second level

The aims of the Psychology of Everyday Life 2 (PS2901) are:

  • to provide an introduction to the theoretical foundations and modern developments of psychology
  • to provide an introduction to a variety of subjects which make up contemporary psychology
  • to provide a deep introduction to three of the core areas of research
  • to provide a grounding in the empirical basis of psychology through your own research topic

Third level

The aims of the Theoretical Perspectives in Psychology (PS3902) are:

  • to provide a deeper understanding of the theoretical foundations and modern developments of psychology
  • to provide an introduction to a variety of subjects which make up contemporary psychology
  • to provide a deep introduction to two of the core areas of research
  • to provide a grounding in the empirical basis of psychology through your own research topic

You can download the part-time study prospective online.  Lifelong and Flexible Learning Prospectus (PDF, 5,448 KB)