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OU Postgraduate options seminar

21st April 2018, Birkbeck, London - NOTE:

Online booking has now closed, please contact london@oups.org.uk for availability.

We can only offer 60 places at this seminar. If we are over-subscribed we may try to re-run the event later in the year but can't guarantee this at this time.

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The Open University has recently re-launched a number of post-graduate options that are of particular interest to psychology students, and the London region OUPS committee has collaborated with the University to create this one-day seminar in response to many requests from our members for information about these new degrees.

The four degrees in question are:

  • F74 - MSc in Psychology
  • F73 - MSc in Forensic Psychological Studies
  • F55 - MA in Childhood and Youth 
  • F78 - MSc in Mental Health Science

The event will consist of a series of four 75-minute talks in which speakers will present on key topics relating to these degrees, with opportunities for delegates to ask questions about the particular courses and qualifications involved. 

While  OUPS members receive a discounted rate for the event, this seminar is open to everyone including those who are neither OU students nor OUPS members.

This is a full-day event, with registration from 9.30 am, talks starting at 10.00 am and ending at 5.15pm. 


PLEASE NOTE: Tea and coffee will be served in all breaks but lunch is not provided. There are a number of venues nearby, and plenty of space in the building if you would like to bring lunch with you.

Registration/Tea/Coffee 09.30-10.00
Talk 1 Dr. Payam Rezaie: Mental Health Science 10.00-11.15
Tea/coffee 11.15-12.00
Talk 2 Dr Sarah Crafter: 'Evaluating Psychology: Research and Practice' 12.00-13.15
Lunch 13.15-14.00
Talk 3 Dr Jim Turner: Forensic Psychology 14.00-15.15
Tea/coffee 15.15-16.00
Talk 4 Dr Mimi Tatlow-Golden: Childhood and Youth 16.00-17.15


Our confirmed Speakers are:

  • Dr Sarah Crafter: 'Evaluating Psychology: Research and Practice’
    Sarah is a Senior Lecturer in the OU School of Psychology who teaches on "Evaluating Psychology: Research and practice (DD803)" and who also supervises research students with a particular interest in research that takes a cultural and/or critical psychological perspective on everyday practices of children, young people and families. This includes areas such as migration, identities, belonging, transitions and diversity.
  • Dr Jim Turner: Forensic Psychology
    Jim is currently co-chairing production of 'Investigating forensic psychology' (DD802), a new 120-credit postgraduate module exploring a broad range of forensic psychology topics, cases and issues. Previously Jim was the production chair of the wide-ranging applied psychology undergraduate module 'Living psychology: from the everyday to the extraordinary' (DD210) and the specialist postgraduate module 'Forensic psychology: crime, offenders and policing' (D872). Jim also worked on the production of D872's partner module 'Forensic psychology: witnesses, experts and evidence on trial' (D873) and the undergraduate module 'Applying psychology' (DSE232). He has also worked on the undergraduate modules 'Investigating psychology 1' (DE100), 'Discovering psychology' (DSE141), 'Exploring psychology' (DSE212) and 'Exploring psychology on-line project' (DZX222), and the postgraduate modules 'Research methods dissertation in social sciences' (D845) and 'Psychometrics: selection and assessment' (D842) (as an exam board member). Jim has also served as the Qualification Lead for both the undergraduate Psychology degree (Q07) and the inter-disciplinary Psychology and Law degree (Q93).
  • Dr Payam Rezaie: Mental Health Science
    Payam has been with The Open University since 2003, and has held long-standing honorary and visiting academic appointments at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London (2001-2014), where he taught on the MSc Neuroscience programme for nearly two decades (1995-2014). He was appointed to the position of Reader at the OU in 2008, Head of the Brain and Behavioural Sciences Discipline from 2011-2013 (Faculty of Science, LHCS Department), and has been directing the Science Taught Postgraduate Programme since 2013.
  • Dr Mimi Tatlow-Golden: Childhood and Youth
    Dr Mimi Tatlow-Golden is a psychologist at the OU who works at the intersection of developmental psychology and childhood studies. She has a particular interest in the interdisciplinary integration of disciplines that seek to understand children, their lives and their optimal development and as a member of the MA Childhood and Youth production team she has brought this perspective to the development of the module. Her research focuses on multiple areas relating to children’s well-being including children and food, mental health, digital media and their rights.


Our seminar will be held in

Birkbeck, University of London,

Malet St (Torrington Square Entrance),


London WC1E 7HX.


There is easy access to the building and to all rooms from street level.

Travel and directions

Birkbeck is surrounded by Tube and mainline rail stations, the closest are Russell Square, Tottenham Court Road, King's Cross/St Pancras and Euston. 

Many buses pass down nearby Gower Street or go via Russell Square. 

Click here for directions to Birkbeck.



Places for this seminar are limited to 60 attendees and we anticipate that these are likely to sell out !

We strongly recommend booking this event in advance due to its popularity and cannot guarantee that places will be available on the day.

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