PSY40310 Psychology Writing Group

Academic Year 2024/2025

This is a skills based module designed to facilitate and support graduate research students in the development of their academic writing skills. The focus of the module is on writing an article for a peer reviewed publication. Students identify their own writing projects and a suitable journal. Each written project is peer reviewed within the group and all students are required to submit at least one completed draft article over the course of the academic year and to review in writing all articles submitted to the group. The group meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 2.00 to 4.00 with the first meeting on Wednesday October 2nd 2024 in the Newman Building. Because of the specific focus on the skills required to write a journal article this module is not suitable for first year graduate students. Students are strongly advised to contact Eilis Hennessy ( to discuss whether or not the module would suit their current area of research before they register for the module. They should also speak to their research supervisor about identifying a suitable writing project. This module needs a minimum of 5 registered students to run.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to: Identify an academic writing task appropriate to the current stage of their graduate career; Write an article for publication grounded within their area of graduate research; Make an informed choice about where to submit their writing for publication; Use peer review to adapt and rewrite a journal article; Critically review journal articles in the area of psychological science; Provide constructive feedback on journal articles in the area of psychological science.

Indicative Module Content:

This is a skills based module and therefore the specific content varies depending on the topics of the journal articles submitted for review, however, the articles reviewed will be in the subject area of psychology and cognate disciplines.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module's primary approach to learning is peer discussion and feedback both in class and in the form of written reviews.
Each meeting is structured around an article written by a student registered to the module.
Every student must submit one article for review over the course of the module.
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Participation in Learning Activities: Reading articles drafted by a member of the group and contributing to discussion within the group based on the article at each meeting. Week 5 Autumn, Week 9 Autumn, Week 14 Autumn, Week 3 Spring, Week 7 Spring, Week 11 Spring Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Individual Project: Drafting one journal article, identifying a suitable peer-reviewed publication for the article and presenting the article to the group - student selects which week. Week 5 Autumn, Week 9 Autumn, Week 14 Autumn, Week 3 Spring, Week 7 Spring, Week 11 Spring Pass/Fail Grade Scale No



Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Peer review activities are delivered in person during discussion of each students' journal article and are also provided in writing. This is in keeping with the learning outcome of the module, which is to prepare for the peer review process of submitting a journal article for publication.