Psychology And Learning Disability MSc – Your course starts here
Whether you're starting your Master's degree with us or returning after your first year, we're pleased to welcome you to the University. We hope you enjoyed the summer and are excited to get started.
Message from Professor Sherria Hoskins, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Health
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Faculty of Science. Many things about our world are very different at the moment, but one thing that hasn't changed is our commitment to giving you a fantastic experience at University.
You'll soon get to know the other students on your course. Many of the friendships you make now will last a lifetime. And our staff are here to guide and support you to reach your potential.
This year, approximately 1,500 students graduated from one of our programmes. I feel immensely proud that we have made such a significant contribution to the pool of scientists and health practitioners.
Science and health studies represent an adventure of the mind, seeking truth that can make a difference to the world, as we have seen more than ever in recent times. I hope we give you an understanding of how to use your knowledge and an understanding of its intrinsic value to yourselves and others.
I also hope that we inspire you with confidence and curiosity throughout your studies so that you can go on to realise your own vision; to know the world as it is and be able to imagine it as it might be, to glimpse the possibilities of change, of improvement and of your contribution.
Staying safe on campus
We’ll have all appropriate safety measures and a few restrictions in place. And every building will be open in line with Government guidance – including teaching spaces, communal spaces, toilets, cafes and the library. For more information about how we're ensuring your safety on campus, head to the 'Campus and city life 2020/21' page.
Due to coronavirus, we've made some changes to teaching to keep you safe. You'll take part in most large teaching sessions online. And any face-to-face teaching will be in small groups with social distancing measures in place. We've set up sanitisation stations across campus, one-way systems in busy areas and protective screens at certain locations.
Due to changing circumstances as a result of the pandemic, we may need to make further changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these changes.
International and EU students
If you're joining us from overseas, find out about our International Orientation events and what you need to do during your first week.
If you can't travel to the UK, or you don't feel safe to travel, your course's first teaching block will be delivered completely online. The majority of Orientation events will also be online, so you'll still be able to get involved in welcome talks and social activities, as well as meet other new students.
Meeting and working with other students
Current students have used What'sApp to build a student-only community and support each other outside of our official course platforms:
- What'sApp group for new students only (Year 1)
- What'sApp group for continuing students only (Year 2)
- What'sApp group for whole course cohort (Year 1 and Year 2)
Although we don't monitor this platform our best practices for communicating digitally still apply.
Meet your lecturers
We're looking forward to meeting you and welcoming you to your first lecture. Below you'll find information of key lecturers who'll teach you during your first teaching block.
Welcome from Dr Lucy Akehurst, Head of the Department of Psychology
It was a long time ago since I sat where you are sitting now, but I can remember it very well. I felt excited and eager to learn but also nervous and unsure of what was to come. I can assure you that we will do our best to help you develop your skills and knowledge throughout your course of study, and to share with you our enthusiasm for psychology – there is no doubt that it is a great subject.
We will be offering blended learning opportunities with a welcome process involving online and on campus activities this year. Your first week will allow you to familiarise yourselves with the technology platforms we will be using. All our teaching, learning and assessment activities are driven through one main portal - our Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle - which is accessible at any time and in any place. Each week you'll have tutor-led, on campus sessions enabling communication and collaboration with your tutor and other members of your tutor group (around 7 - 8 students per group).
2020 has brought some challenges but also opportunities. Our aim is to help you to develop as a result of the academic content of your degree and by encouraging a supportive, sociable and friendly psychology community that will become your home. We will endeavour to share with you our knowledge of, and expertise in, psychology and to prepare you for life after your course. I wish you all the best and cannot wait to meet you!
Your week 1 timetable
You'll need your student account details to access many of your online induction activities. If you haven't already activated your student account, please activate it now. Your username will consist of 'UP' followed by your student ID number (for example, UP123456).
During the first week of the term, you will be offered a range of activities and tasks to complete. Many of those activities are asynchronous and can be done to fit with your personal commitments. However, a few of those activities are online synchronous meetings. Therefore, please save those dates in your diary:
Monday 5 October - Year 1 and Year 2 Students
7.00pm-8.00pm - Introduction to the online meeting platform
Tuesday 6 October - Year 1 and Year 2 Students
6.00pm-7.30pm - Meet the course team (Head of Department, course administrator, course leader, lecturers, and supervisors) and your fellow students (both Yr1 and Yr2 cohorts)
Wednesday 7 October - Year 1 and Year 2 Students
6.00pm-7.00pm - UoP Library introduction with the librarians
Thursday 8 October - Year 1 Students
7.00pm-8.00pm - Time management skills
Friday 9 October - Year 2 Students
6.00pm-7.30pm - Q&A meeting
Keep in mind that event times and locations might change at short notice.
We recommend you bookmark, favourite or save a link to this webpage so you can revisit it before you arrive and when you're on campus.