To help you feel prepared for your postgraduate studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now.
When you begin your studies you will be introduced to the University Library, and you will have access to many relevant learning materials.
In the meantime, you might consult some of the suggested reading below. Remember, these are suggestions and will not constitute a requirement for the programme but might enhance your background knowledge for a smooth learning experience while on the programme.
Knowledge base in Psychology
- Martin, G. N., & Carlson, N. R. (2019). Psychology (6th ed). Pearson. [ebook available via EHU library catalogue]
Psychology in business
- Anderson, N., Potocnik, K. & Zhou, J. (2014). Innovation and creativity in organizations: A state-of-the-science review, prospective commentary, and guiding framework. Journal of Management 4, 1297-1333.
- Arnold, J., Coyne, I., Randall, R. & Patterson, F.P. (2020). Work Psychology: Understanding Human Behaviour in the Workplace. (7th Edition). Harlow, UK Pearson Education Ltd. chapter 9. The remainder of the book is also useful for the programme, though providing greater detail than required here. Earlier editions are also of value.
- McKenna, E. F. (2020). Business psychology and organizational behaviour (6th ed). Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group.
- Field, A. (2018). Discovering statistics using IBM SPSS Statistics (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- Braun, V., & Clarke, V. (2013). Successful qualitative research: A practical guide for beginners. London: Sage [ebook available via EHU library catalogue]
- Howitt, D. (2010). Introduction to qualitative methods in psychology (1st ed). Essex, UK: Prentice-Hall. [ebook available via EHU library catalogue]
- Willig, C. (2008). Introducing qualitative research in psychology (1st ed). Berkshire, UK: McGraw Hill. [ebook available via EHU library catalogue]
Business research methods
- Bryman, A., & Bell, E. (2015). Business research methods (4th ed.). OUP Oxford.
Highly recommended reading for developing excellent research questions
- Alvesson, M. & Sandberg, J. (2013). Constructing research questions: Doing Interesting Research. London: Sage.
- A key resource for Creativity and Innovation module is Birdi’s ‘CLEAR IDEAS’ training resource
- For your dissertation projects, a good statistical book is Field A. (2013). Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPPS Statistics. 4th ed. London: SAGE Publications. (You will have access via your student account)
You might want to visit the following twitter accounts:
Things to do now
To help you prepare for your studies, you may find it useful to try the following activities:
- Join the Psychology department SONA system to be able to take part and experience different psychological studies currently being run by academics in the department
- Follow the department social media @EdgeHill_Psych on Twitter, @EdgeHillPsychology on Facebook, as well as other Psychology departments across the world.