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Meet Your Psychology MSc Academics

Meet some of the experienced and knowledgeable team of academic staff behind our distance learning Psychology MSc.


Dr Daniel Jolley - Psychology MSc programme lead

Dr Daniel Jolley

Dr Daniel Jolley is the course lead on our Psychology MSc. A social psychologist, Daniel is particularly passionate about the lessons that psychology can teach us about the human mind, and is especially interested in the social psychological consequences of conspiracy theories. He blogs about his research findings and also gives public talks on the subject, alongside appearing on radio, podcasts and TV. 

Alongside his research and teaching commitments, Daniel serves on two national committees: the British Psychological Society(BPS)’s Social Psychology Section as the Hon. Secretary and the BPS Research Board as the Early Career Representative. Find out more about Daniel and watch him explain more about what you can expect to learn on our Psychology MSc.


Mark Moss

Dr Mark Moss

Dr Mark Moss is head of our Department of Psychology. A Chartered Psychologist and fellow of the BPS, he is passionate about all areas of psychology, having initially studied at Northumbria before joining the teaching team almost three decades ago. He now heads up a team of over 50 staff, delivering undergraduate and postgraduate education to over 1,000 students. Alongside his role as department head, he has a strong research interest in improving mental performance and mood through natural interventions, such as essential oils and plant extracts.

Discover more about Mark’s career and what he likes about teaching on this course. 


Mel Hope

Dr Melanie Hope

Dr Melanie Hope is a senior lecturer within the department and teaches on our distance learning Psychology MSc’s Individual Differences module, which aims to explore the psychological approaches to intelligence and personality.

Melanie is a specialist in personality and clinical pathology, with her particular areas of interest including the constructs of mindfulness, emotional intelligence and the assessment of clinical models of disordered personality. She has received multiple research grants on the studies of emotional intelligence. Learn more about Melanie’s career here.


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Dr Tamsin Saxton

Dr Tamsin Saxton is deputy head of the Department of Psychology at Northumbria and oversees our students’ thesis projects in the final stages of this programme. Her expert knowledge will help you to develop advanced research skills and critical understanding. A behavioural scientist, Tamsin takes an evolutionary approach to understanding human behaviour, and is particularly interested in the development of human mate choice judgments, the significance of biological traits in interpersonal perceptions, and the role of chemosignals in interpersonal interactions. Discover more about her academic career here


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