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Psychological and Behavioural Science Ages 19+

London Summer School for Adults 2020
Also available in Oxford

A two-week summer course providing an overview of the topic areas studied in Psychology.

2 weeks | Available July - August 2020

  • Live, dine and study in Imperial College London
  • Psychology tuition with experts
  • Talks with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - form a global network
  • Inspirational cultural programme

Course Summary

What makes you, 'you'? What governs the way you behave, and the way other people behave towards you? The answers aren’t always as clear cut as you might think, and our Psychological and Behavioural Science course for 19+ year-old students will shed light on the complex workings of the human mind.

This course will introduce you to a range of theories and disciplines within Psychology - including Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Cognitive Psychology and Personality Types - and how they attempt to explain human behaviour. What you learn will help you to better understand the world around you, enabling you to interpret the behaviour of others – as well as getting your head around what motivates you.

What to expect from the Psychological & Behavioural Science Course

This summer course is designed to give students an overview of the topic areas studied in Psychology: Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, The Study of the Brain, and Personality Types in Psychology. A strong focus upon Cognitive (Working Memory) Psychology will be retained throughout the course.

These topics have been designed and chosen specifically to show students the wide range of applications that Psychology can have in the real world, and how these areas could be investigated through experimental and non-experimental investigations. Students will be presented with a series of research scenarios and will be asked to design their own investigations using the knowledge and methods that have been discussed during the course.

A distinction will be made regarding the types of research methods used in Psychology (quantitative and qualitative) and discussions will be had surrounding the appropriate use of each method. Students will use this knowledge to prepare both a written report and presentation which outline and evaluate a psychological investigation.

How will the Psychological & Behavioural Science course help me?

A key aspect of Psychology is following ethical guidelines whilst conducting research, as most studies use human participants. The summer course is designed to highlight the importance of ethical procedures and what can happen if procedures are not followed accordingly. Students will be provided with examples of when ethical considerations need to be made, in both adult and developmental contexts.

It is important too, to consider the historical and contemporary place Psychology holds as discipline. Class field work will provide a critical socio-historical angle to the discipline, allowing students to explore the age-old debate: is Psychology an art or a science? Students will also engage with the practical side of the discipline via project-based empirical work.

A final aim of the course is to present students with details about both educational and employment prospects. They will be able to explore the career opportunities that can develop from studying Psychology, holding discussions with current PhD students on how their career path has started to develop. We aim to show students the wide range of career opportunities a Psychology course can bring, including roles in academic, clinical and research departments.An early distinction will be made regarding the types of research methods used in Psychology (quantitative and qualitative), with each type discussed in significant detail.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have:

  • Explored a variety of relevant theories of psychology
  • Taken part in experiments and research projects
  • Examined different research methods and how best to record their findings
  • Discussed what it means to work in the field of psychology and explored their future options
  • Visited the Bethlem psychiatric hospital as well as the Freud Museum in London
  • A better understanding of the world around them
  • Explored the career opportunities that can develop from studying Psychology
  • Understood the importance of ethical procedures and what can happen if procedures are not followed accordingly
  • Explored the career opportunities that can develop from studying Psychology

Topics Covered

  • Working memory and the brain
  • Statistics in psychology
  • SPSS in psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Theories of attachment
  • Writing up psychological research
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Ethics in psychology
  • Abnormal psychology
  • Designing an experiment
  • Life after a psychology qualification

Take this course if...

Take this course if you are interested in what makes people who they are and would like to explore the subject in more depth.

Welcome to London - your home this summer

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The most bustling of all our centres, London is a cosmopolitan hotspot where students can really experience the melting pot of the United Kingdom. Our London summer school takes place in Imperial College London, situated in the desirable Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Students will stay in accommodation at Prince’s Gardens, located just a stone’s throw from such iconic London landmarks as the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, and the Royal Albert Hall.

Students will live and study in Imperial College London, experiencing student life in one of the world’s most respected and prestigious academic institutions. As well as ranking consistently in the top ten universities worldwide, Imperial has already produced an impressive number of Nobel Laureates – no mean feat considering the university was officially founded as recently as 1907.

Students in London will experience life in the buzzing heart of the UK's capital, while fulfilling their educational ambitions and enjoying the summer experience of their lives. Learn more about all that our London Summer School has to offer.

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Useful information for students & parents


Students at Imperial College London will be accommodated in comfortable en-suite single rooms. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for university undergraduates who study at Imperial College London, so students are able to get a flavour for what being an undergraduate at the university might be like.

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Pastoral care & student welfare

The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss university applications. Each campus has members of residential staff who live in the college throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.

Eligibility & pre-requisites

Students on this course:

  • Must conform to our age policy.
  • Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on [email protected] and they will be able to assist you.
  • Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information.

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