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12 months

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Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Psychology (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Course Overview

The MRes Psychology will give dedicated students a practical education in psychological research training, informed by a wealth of exceptional staff research and experience.

Our staff here at Northumbria University are actively engaged in a wide range of research. With almost three-quarters of Northumbria’s psychology research being judged to have outstanding reach and significance for its impact (REF 2014).

You will work in a professional, research environment and develop advanced research skills that will enable you to plan, execute, analyse and disseminate high-quality psychological research. This includes access to state of the art laboratories, equipped with industry standard equipment, meaning that you graduate with all of the familiarity of working in a research lab. This is a major advantage when it comes to seeking employment.

You will learn in a professional research environment with access to state-of-the-art laboratories, equipped with industry standard equipment. You will learn from those at the forefront of their fields. In fact, our strength in psychology research has significantly increased. This places us second in the Alliance group of universities for world-leading research (REF 2014).

With the opportunity to work both individually and collaboratively on research projects you will gain valuable critical and transferable skills and an understanding of the professional and ethical issues relating to producing research. You will graduate with your Psychology master's ready for employment in a research context, or doctoral level training in psychological research or applied psychology.

Your Future

This distinctive and specialist postgraduate course incorporates professional training and advanced study in psychological research and is designed to make you as employable as possible.

We provide you with an authentic learning experience, enabling you to work in a professional research environment. You will have the invaluable opportunity to work on a research placement with an academic researcher from the Department of Psychology, collaborating with this member of staff, their research partners and research groups to design, develop and implement a research project based on shared interests and enabling you to gain the applied research and team working skills that are desired by employers in the sector.

The MRes Psychology provides you with the advanced research experience, critical knowledge and transferable skills to enable you to plan, execute, analyse and disseminate high-quality psychological research.

You will graduate as a trained psychological researcher fit for employment in professional research settings, enterprising and entrepreneurial activity or further study. Many of our previous graduates have continued to build on their research interests by going on to PhDs in psychological research or applied psychology, whilst others have worked as assistant psychologists or followed careers in the NHS.


This module will enable you to design and develop a piece of psychological research whilst embedded within an established research group. You will gain knowledge of the skills, techniques and theories relevant to the research group and you will critically evaluate relevant literature in order to develop your own research project. You will reflect on the necessary time-management skills required in order to plan a feasible project and you will understand the ethical issues relevant to the domain area and apply these to the submission of your own ethics application.

Tuition fees

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Course fees for EU and international students

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Entry requirements

A first or upper second class degree in Psychology (or equivalent).

University information

Northumbria is an innovative and pioneering university with a mission to ‘Take on Tomorrow’. Through cultivating the next generation of visionaries and innovators, Northumbria empowers students to challenge the status quo and tackle tomorrow’s challenges head on. Northumbria is a research-rich, business-focused university with a keen focus on professional practice and a global reputation for academic excellence. It is also renowned for its...more

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