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Psychological Research Methods MSc

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Psychology (General) Social Research Methods

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

This Master's degree provides in-depth training in both the quantitative and qualitative methods employed in contemporary psychological research. It covers:

  • critical appreciation of existing research and research methods
  • philosophical foundations of approaches to research within cognitive and social psychology
  • formulation of hypotheses
  • designing and reporting experiments using a range of research methodologies
  • subject-specific IT skills.

The programme combines Birkbeck’s strengths in qualitative and quantitative psychological research methods. It provides you with the opportunity to conduct supervised research in a wide range of areas within contemporary psychology, such as psychosocial studies, brain and cognitive development, and computational cognitive neuroscience.

This programme is accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as recognised postgraduate training programmes, and suitably qualified applicants who wish to take this course in preparation for a PhD can apply for funding on the ESRC's 1+3 scheme.

TEACHING

Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading. Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

Graduates can pursue careers in psychology, education, human resources, market research, or management. Possible professions include research psychologist, further education lecturer, or market researcher. This degree may also be useful in becoming a human resources officer or educational psychologist.

Different course options

Full time | Birkbeck, Central London WC1 | 1 year | OCT-20

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

OCT-20

Modules

This module will introduce some of the main qualitative approaches now used within psychology, provide practical guidance on conducting qualitative research and give you opportunities to engage in practical work with qualitative methods.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£10,260

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£16,740

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree in psychology or a relevant discipline.

University information

With a history that dates back 200 years, Birkbeck, University of London is unique in that it delivers its near-300 postgraduate courses in the evenings, enabling students to work or focus on other commitments during the day. Courses can be studied full-time or part-time and some can be studied through distance learning. Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research universities and provides its 700 postgraduate research student with a...more

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