menu icon
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Latest news
Psychology Research Methods Academic Credits

Psychology Research Methods Academic Credits

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Credits

Subject areas

Psychology (General) Social Research Methods

Course type


Course Summary

In this module training will be provided in the main research methodologies employed by psychologists, with a focus upon methods frequently employed within health research.

Module overview

The module will examine the philosophical underpinnings of research approaches and the difficulties of conducting research and practice under experimental and non-experimental conditions, including ethical issues in psychology, and will examine how measures are created and used. It will introduce issues of reliability and validity, particularly of questionnaires and psychometric instruments. Students will also develop skills in efficient searching of electronic information retrieval systems, data extraction for systematic review purposes and their synthesis through meta-analysis. Training in analysis delivered in this module will go beyond treating statistical significance as the sole arbiter of research outcome.

The emphasis will be upon psychological research which can be analysed by multivariate and qualitative techniques. A range of qualitative techniques will be covered, including discourse analysis, IPA and grounded theory. The use of 'industry standard' statistical software such as Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) and NVIVO will be introduced. Consideration will be given to research management skills. Remedial training will be provided for those lacking in confidence about their basic competence, particularly in statistics and use of software.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


9 months

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You will usually need to have a good undergraduate degree in Psychology (Upper Second Class or above). If you have a 2:2 degree in psychology and/or relevant work experience in a health care setting you may be accepted onto the module following interview.

University information

Based in the West Midlands, Staffordshire University has decades of experience providing first-rate postgraduate education across a broad range of disciplines. The award-winning institution offers courses designed in collaboration with learning industry experts in a bid to provide solutions to the challenges of tomorrow. The main city campus is based in Stoke-on-Trent with the University’s dedicated Centres of Excellence in Healthcare...more

Similar courses at this uni