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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Psychology (General)

Course type


Course Summary


Are you interested in a career in psychology research? Or are there questions about current theory or practice you are keen to investigate? Through this MRes you’ll develop knowledge and skills in research methods, plan and lead your own research project, and have an opportunity to further develop your research career for a range of different sectors.

Research skills and psychological knowledge is a wonderful combination with which to answer some of society’s most pressing questions. This course will provide you with a solid grounding in research methods in psychology and experience of planning and managing unique projects, with real world answers.

Through a taught module covering research methods, one-to-supervision, and engagement with our Solent’s Researcher Development Programme, you’ll gain the necessary skills to conduct independent research in the future.

At Solent, staff are skilled in both qualitative and quantitative research methods and assessments are based on real world tasks, such as preparing funding applications, presenting research, and writing journal articles. This creates a portfolio of work for you to take forward.

Whether you’re a practitioner who would like to expand your understanding of how research is conducted to create evidence, or would like to contribute to the evidence base, then this course can provide a fantastic foundation for you to carry out and implement research as part of your professional role.

If you’re interested in pursuing a research career in the public or voluntary sector, then this MRes will provide you with a solid foundation of research skills as well as experience of leading your own research project. This is also a great start to future PhD or Professional Doctorate study.

What does this course lead to?

On successful completion of this course, you’ll be able to apply your research skills in a variety of different sectors and can be a great preparation for PhD or Professional Doctorate study.

Who is this course for?

This course will be of interest to anyone who wishes to learn more about the research process and how evidence is generated. You may be a practitioner wishing to conduct research in your area of practice now and in the future, or you may be considering a career in academic research. You’ll also have an opportunity to carry out research relevant for your workplace or professional area as a part of your studies. The skills acquired on this course are an asset for a range of sectors where research and evidence generation are critical.

Part time option is also available.


This module will support the development of students in the supplementary skills needed for a career in research, whether in academia, statutory service, third sector or private sector. This will involve learning about the role of researchers in HE as well as other contexts, identifying funding opportunities, and developing career pathways.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

2:1 or 2:2 in Psychology or a related discipline in the social sciences.

University information

Solent University (SU) is a long-established and highly regarded educational institution in Southampton with over 160 years of teaching heritage to its name. With postgraduate courses available in a huge number of subject areas, SU offers a range of MA, MSc and MBA programs, as well as industry-accredited professional and part-time courses. SU is located in the coastal city of Southampton, a city with a population of around 250,000 which...more