Experimental Issues in Face-Processing Research: A workshop-based unit where you'll be introduced to techniques in image manipulation - including the generation, editing and morphing of 2D and 3D static and moving facial stimuli - and experimental programming. You'll also participate in critical evaluations of dominant experimental paradigms and methodological techniques used in face-processing research, such as eye-tracking, electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).
Forensic Perspectives in Face-Processing Research: This unit focuses on individual differences in face-processing, with an emphasis on the forensic implications of this work. As well as examining cognitive and personality factors that may influence our face recognition ability. You'll consider social biases that affect our ability to process faces. This body of research will be discussed in relation to eye-witness testimony and occupations that require proficient face recognition skills, like passport control and other forensic and security settings. You'll be introduced to the concept of ‘extraordinary’ face recognition, and debate will focus on whether these skills can be taught to typical perceivers.
Clinical Perspectives in Face-Processing: Discuss face-processing disorders, including developmental, acquired and progressive conditions (a non-exhaustive list includes prosopagnosia, autism spectrum disorder, Turner’s syndrome, Williams’ syndrome and dementia). You'll be trained in the cognitive neuropsychological assessment of these conditions, with a focus on interpreting clinical patterns of impairment in theoretical models of face-processing. Existing treatment options will also be evaluated, and you'll discuss the psychosocial consequences of face-processing conditions.
Advanced Research Methods: The unit covers a range of research methods and a tool used for conducting advanced level research, and describes the intricacies of experimental design in such contexts. The unit aims to prepare students for undertaking independent research using advanced research techniques.
Advanced Statistics: You will learn and apply a range of statistical techniques intended for analysing data from psychological research. These are advanced techniques which are not covered at undergraduate level.
Key Transferable Skills - Presentation & Scientific Writing: Key skills for interpreting, presenting and writing research. Topics include writing research and grant proposals, presentation skills and developing advanced writing skills.
Research Project: You'll choose from a set of research projects offered by our teaching staff, and then be responsible for providing an in-depth literature review and designing experiments for addressing your research question. You'll also be expected to collect and analyse data and be asked to provide a submission-ready write up of the project. Supervision for the Project will be provided in weekly meetings.
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Download the programme specification for MSc Forensic & Neuropsychological Perspectives in Face-Processing.
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The optional research placement offers invaluable experience for those wanting to go on to do PhD-level research.
You must complete a minimum of 12 weeks. You will be expected to work for 8 hours per week, keep a placement log and undergo a half-way and end of placement review. You will be supported throughout the duration of you placement through regular meetings with your academic supervisor.
Full entry requirements
The normal requirements for embarking upon this course are:
- Possession of a 2:1 degree or equivalent
- For post-experience and professional qualifications, there may be additional entry requirements set by the association or institute that ultimately administers the qualification in question. The qualification description on the course information pages should tell you what these are but please get in touch with the askBU Enquiry Service if you are in doubt.
If you lack the formal academic qualifications needed to enter a postgraduate or post-experience degree, there are several alternative routes to follow. Some of these are based on experience. Contact the askBU Enquiry Service for more information.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
- IELTS (academic) 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.
View further information about our English language requirements.
A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.
You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our postgraduate entry requirements page.
This course has direct relevance to students seeking research careers or professional positions or training in forensic psychology, clinical neuropsychology or neuropsychology and could serve as the prerequisite MSc needed for further PhD/D.Clin-level study in most of these professions. On a wider basis, the degree's emphasis on core transferable skills will give you extra marketability in a variety of industries in the professional arena, providing you with a route into a successful and rewarding career.
As a Forensic & Neuropsychological Perspectives in Face-Processing graduate, you will be prepared to undertake roles such as:
- Forensic psychologist
- Occupational and health psychologist
- Academic researcher.
Industries worked in
- Police force
- Academic research.
If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Master's, you can look into our range of doctoral programmes.
Meet our staff
Dr Sarah Bate completed a BSc in Psychology at the University of Exeter in 2004, and stayed at Exeter to study a MSc in Psychological Research Methods (awarded in 2005). She also completed my PhD at Exeter in 2009, examining visual scanning patterns in developmental prosopagnosia. After completion of her PhD, Sarah worked as a postdoctoral research fellow for Professor Janice Kay for one year, before moving to Bournemouth in January 2010.
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