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Psychological Research Methods MSc

Psychological Research Methods MSc

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Psychology (General) Social Research Methods

Course type


Course Summary

The central objective of this programme is to equip you with an array of methodological skills to function as an effective PhD student or as a professional researcher in psychology, with a particular emphasis on cognitive, clinical, and clinical neuroscience research. You will acquire the skills necessary to generate good research questions, establish plausible theoretical answers, and carry out high-quality empirical research in order to test your hypotheses. At the end of your training you will have completed a research project that makes a contribution to the discipline and you will have the necessary skills and confidence to be able to operate independently in the future. This MSc can be applied for as a stand-alone degree or form the first year of a PhD. It is delivered as part of the Economic and Social Research Council South West Doctoral Training Centre – a hub of world-class social science research. This programme consists of compulsory taught modules and a substantial research project. It will acquaint you with a wide range of data analysis techniques and research methods in the areas of clinical neuroscience, and both clinical and cognitive psychology, while enabling you to develop particular specialist skills and knowledge in selected areas. On completion of your postgraduate degree you will have the scientific skills to enable progression into research or professional psychology, the communication skills required for marketing and business roles, and the interpersonal skills needed for progression into personnel or caring professions. Exeter’s reputation amongst graduate employers has helped postgraduates into successful careers in research, high technology industries, management, personnel, legal and advertising services amongst others.

Different course options

Full time | Streatham Campus | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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In this module, you will learn important skills that will enable you to study and research psychology successfully. In particular, this module will provide invaluable training that will support the other modules you will undertake during your Masters. The initial six sessions are core for all students. In these sessions you will gain a deeper understanding of the ethical issues that surround research in psychology, and learn how best to communicate your research ideas using a range of methods (oral presentations, posters, written research proposals and on TV, radio or in the press). In addition, the flexible nature of this module permits you to choose at least five from a wide range of optional sessions in order to make up the requisite number of eleven sessions. These choices are made dependent upon your MSc programme, self-assessment skills audit, interests and future aspirations. Indicative sessions might include writing up research for publication, learning how to use software such as e-Prime and Matlab, survey design, qualitative methods, observational techniques, use of statistical graphics and library skills training.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Students need to have a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in Psychology or a related discipline.

University information

The University of Exeter is a public research university that is a member of the leading research- oriented UK universities, the Russell Group, The European University Association and the AMBA. As demonstrated in the REF 2014, 98% of the University of Exeter’s postgraduate research has been rated to be of international quality. Out of their 23,613 students, 4,681 of these are postgraduates. There are three main campuses to study at, with most...more

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