Capuchin monkeys at the Living Links Research Centre, Edinburgh Zoo (Photo courtesy Valerie Dufour)
The Social Immersion laboratory
Research Degrees For each PhD and MPhil student, there is an individualised programme of study including formal courses, seminars and tutorials. For the MRes degree, students attend interdisciplinary courses in the social sciences aswell as courses in core fields of Psychology. All students prepare a thesis at the end of the first year which is examined within the School. Your overall performance will be evaluated at the end of the first year. For the MRes degree, your thesis and coursework must demonstrate expertise in research design and analysis. For the MPhil degree, your thesis and coursework must demonstrate your expertise in both psychological research and theory. For the doctorate, thework must be of a quality that justifies permission to proceed to the final years of the PhD programme. Except in the case of part-time students, PhD students are strongly encouraged to complete theirwork and present their dissertation within a three-year period.
Master of Science (MSc) Taught Programmes
Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology: The Origins of Mind The main aim of this programme is to provide advanced research training in a range of intellectual and practical skills associated with evolutionary and comparative approaches to the study of mind. On completion, students should be equipped with the necessary skills to facilitate research at MPhil or PhD level.
The programme will provide a detailed knowledge of the evolutionary and comparative literature and principal theoretical and methodological issues in this field. The programme will also provide students with the statistical and methodological skills necessary to undertake research in evolutionary psychology. This programme is distinctive because it tackles fundamental issues associated with the origins of human cognition via a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches.
Curriculum core modules: Principal Approaches to the Origins of Mind; Empirical Approaches to the Evolution of Communication; Human Perception, Cognition and Attraction; Methods of Data Analysis in Psychology; Research project in evolutionary / comparative psychology (may involve field- or laboratory-basedwork).
Optional modules: Evolution and Development of Social and Technical Intelligence; Origins and evolution of mind reading (Theory of Mind); Generic Research and Professional Skills in Psychology.
For further information: http://psy.st-andrews.ac.uk/admissions/mscevo
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