This course will examine laboratory-based research methods, problem-based learning, and working as a psychologist. It introduces different approaches within psychology – personality and individual differences, social, developmental, cognitive and biological – illustrating how they lead to distinct perspectives on key research questions, and to the methods psychologists use to answer these questions. You are also introduced to the methods psychologists use to answer these questions, gaining practical experience. In particular, you develop skills in essay writing, reading journal articles, structuring arguments and using IT within psychology. You will then examine the above approaches in more depth and continue your study of different research methods, exercising greater independence in your practical work. In particular, you further develop your skills in critical thinking and research, reading journal articles and presentations. Also at this level, you begin to identify a topic for your Research Project within the area of child development. After the foundations have been laid earlier in the course, you will move on to more specialised topics, where you choose which topics to study in greater depth. Practical work culminates in an extended research project. Working within the area of research expertise of an academic supervisor, you undertake a year-long research project allowing an engagement with the latest research findings and psychological theories.