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MSc Psychological Research Methods

MSc Psychological Research Methods

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Full time | University of Stirling | 12 months | 27-SEP-21

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Full time


12 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Psychology (General) Research Methods (Science)

Course type


Course Summary


Our Psychological Research Methods course combines training in psychological theory with practical skills development - a modern approach to studying mind and behaviour preparing you for a future career in psychology. You’ll gain a thorough introduction to quantitative and qualitative research, the analysis and interpretation of data, and a critical, sceptical approach to psychological science.

The unique feature of this course is flexibility - you’re free to investigate a wide range of topics across the discipline while maintaining a high standard of training. This encourages an understanding of different methods and perspectives within the field of Psychology helping you make choices which will benefit your future career.

There are a number of degree pathways available:

  • Child Development
  • Cognition and Neuropsychology
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Perception and Action
  • Psychology of Faces

Opportunities for practical hands-on skills development are built in, ranging from low-tech observational assessment to high-tech eye-tracking. You’ll carry out a work placement, typically in an external company, charity or third sector organisation. This provides you with a fantastic opportunity to develop relevant work-based employment skills, and to develop a network of contacts relevant to your future career goals. Students benefit hugely from this experience, combining skills and experience with personal and professional development. Students can also exit with PGCert and PGDip awards.

Course objectives

The course will develop your theoretical understanding, and give you the practical and interpersonal skills required for carrying out research. Our aim is to encourage you to make the complex transition to become a fully independent research scientist.


The PRMP136 Cognition and Neuropsychology module consists of a mixture of lectures, seminars and independent study and delivers an insight into the methods used in Cognitive and Neuropsychological research. The module provides students with the opportunity to develop one method into an abstract assignent. The module will outline several methods used in the area, providing students with insight into how the methods are employed in practice, and how the data generated by the different methods can be used to develop psychological theory.
Qualitative Analysis Methods in Psychological Research (20 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

A minimum of a second class honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.