New MSc by Research – Psychology of Creativity and Performance Expertise

We’re proud to offer an MSc by Research in the Psychology of Creativity and Performance Expertise, here at the University of Buckingham, with entry dates in September and January each year. This MSc is ideal for those with a first degree in Psychology who wish to take their knowledge further in this exciting field. Students can be full- or part-time.

Our students are engaged in a wide range of research topics, from quizzing, through to creativity in LEGO, medical creativity, eccentricity and music performance. We offer the following topic areas, but we are always keen to hear from those with passions in other related areas:

  • Creativity
  • Insight and the Aha! moment
  • Imagination and Visual imagery
  • Drivers of performance excellence and expertise development (e.g. in music, theatre, puzzle-solving, board-games, memory challenges and medicine)
  • Hobbies, motivations and characteristics of niche populations
  • Problem-solving and Fluid Intelligence
  • Musical performance
  • Choreography and Dance
  • Stage Fright and Performance Anxiety
  • Time perception and those with ‘natural’ time-keeping abilities

In addition to completing a 25,000 word thesis within a topic area relevant to the hub, you will gain wide knowledge of the broader field through guided self-study topic areas and research skills workshops led by our research team. This will mean that you develop an in-depth knowledge of the psychology of creativity and performance expertise, which is informed by current issues and advanced research.

CREATE is a thriving centre of research activity within the School of Psychology at the University of Buckingham. Our hub members are experts in their field and include Philip Fine, Gillian Hill, Helen Clegg and Kathryn Friedlander. We were recently involved in co-editing a Frontiers in Psychology Research Topic Novel Approaches for Studying Creativity in Problem-Solving and Artistic Performance ; and we are also founder members of the UK Creativity Researchers group. We have a number of contacts within music conservatories and dance schools.

Places are limited, so if you are interested in joining us, do visit our webpage for more information. Application deadlines are 1st Aug for a late September start; and 1st November for a late January start.


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