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PSY8040 : Research Apprenticeship

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Franziska Hartung
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


The aim of the Research Apprenticeship is to provide students with practical experience of working under the supervision of an established researcher in a field related to Clinical or Health Psychology. This may be as part of the supervisors' research team. Students will normally contribute to at least one of the following elements of the research process: the formulation of, and rationale for, the research question; the design of an appropriate methodology; data collection; analysis or the production of a draft paper. This will provide students with the opportunity to work closely with an experienced researcher and their team and to be part of the wider research community in the School.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module is based on a collaborative relationship between the student and their research supervisor/mentor. After an initial orientation session with the module convener, the main teaching and learning method will be weekly meetings between the student and the academic and/or project researchers(s). Students will also be encouraged to attend research group meetings and related seminars where relevant.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion138:0038:00
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading190:0090:00
Guided Independent StudySkills practice120:0020:00Research skills - these may be practical or intellectual
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00Present in person: ML to set out formalities/issues involved in scheme & opportunity for questions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision201:0020:00Includes present in person research & organisational/progress meetings.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module will begin with a present in person session setting out processes and expectations and answering students questions. After this, most of the teaching will be in an individual supervisory context, although the module leader and others will monitor the students' progress at various points outlined above. Supervision will include research and organizational /progress meetings; these will be predominantly present in person and will be agreed in discussions between the student and the supervisor.

This is an innovative module which relies on the student and the research lead and their team working closely together in a mutually beneficial way. It will allow the students to apply and further develop the skills they have previously learned in their undergraduate degrees and skills they have learned in the Research Methods module.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M70Reflective essay/diary focussing on skills obtained during research process. May include draft of any paper produced, 2.5k words max
Poster2M20Poster - online submission
Prof skill assessmnt2M10Supervisor evaluation of student's engagement and professional conduct
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The module follows an apprenticeship model so much of the student’s development will be based on feedback on performance in the sessions with the leader of the research groups. The essay is designed as an aid to critical thinking about their own skills and improvements. It is also intended that it fits with this apprenticeship model by being, a diary of learning and progression.
The poster, which the student will submit online but will not be expected to present in person/verbally, will allow the student to summarise their experience with the research topic and methods and communicate it to the research team/supervisor in a way in which they might be expected to do to in future working environments.
The professional skill assessment is designed to aid the development of professional communication skills and effectiveness of team work.

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