Entry requirements

A UK first or 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in either a social sciences or life science subject area. Applicants with social science or non-science degrees should demonstrate some knowledge of scientific research methods - e.g. A-level in a science subject or scientific research in their first degree. Applicants with a 2:1 not in the specified subject area will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants who hold a UK (2:2) Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants are interviewed either in person or by telephone. Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

Months of entry

September

Course content

About the course

  • How can evolutionary theory help us understand human behaviour?
  • Do humans have a species-typical psychological design?
  • What learning mechanisms would have been favoured by natural selection in ancestral environments?

This programme provides an exciting opportunity for advanced study in Evolutionary Psychology - i.e. psychological science informed by explicit consideration of the fact that the human mind, like the human body, is a product of evolutionary processes.

This course is particularly suited to students in the life sciences or social sciences who are interested in finding out how principles from evolutionary biology can provide a framework for the scientific study of human psychology and behaviour.

Aims

The degree programme will provide you with:

  • an understanding of how evolutionary theory can provide a framework for the study of psychology and behaviour in both human and non-human species
  • knowledge of important theoretical issues, research findings and recent advances in evolutionary psychology
  • an overview of concepts, findings and recent advances in evolutionary biology, animal behaviour and behavioural ecology that are critical for research in evolutionary psychology
  • the opportunity to acquire important transferable research skills (e.g. research design, data analysis, report preparation, seminar presentation)
  • the opportunity to acquire knowledge of theoretical issues, research findings and recent advances in a related area of psychology (cognitive neuroscience or cross-cultural psychology)

Course Content

  • This course can be undertaken over one year, full-time, or two and a half years, part-time.

    Modules are subject to variation and students are advised to check with the College on whether a particular module of interest will be running in their year of entry.

Information for international students

International students are welcomed. We require IELTS 6.5 (min 6.0 in all sections) or equivalent. English Language Requirements: IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas); Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores); BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas).

Fees and funding

UK students
£7,300 full-time; £3,650 part-time
International students
£14,100 full-time; £7,050 part-time

Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
30 months
full time
12 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment66
Dissertation34 (15,000 words)

Course contact details

Name
Dr Nicholas Pound
Email
www.admissions@brunel.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1895 265599