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Research Methods in Psychology

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Full time


12 months

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Psychology (General) Social Research Social Sciences Health Studies Sociology

Course type


Course Summary

This course is for those aiming to develop careers in research or enter subsequent training for a scientist-practitioner oriented career such as clinical or educational psychology. It is also designed to provide a basis for further postgraduate study (eg PhDs) and applications for research assistant posts. You'll learn the skills and theory for conducting research. You'll have the opportunity to meet and discuss research with postgraduate students in the School of Psychological Sciences and Health. You'll also play a role in research with members of our academic staff. You may also have the opportunity to be employed within the School of Psychological Sciences and Health as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.


Each taught class has its own set of assessments including essays, reports, class tests, presentations and research proposals. The dissertation will cumulate in a thesis.


The course is primarily designed for graduates in psychology who wish to begin a career in research. It's ideally suited to someone who wishes to apply for a post as a research assistant or wishes to apply for doctoral study.

Previous students have been successful in receiving PhD funding from the University, as well as externally funded studentships from a variety of sources including the Economic and Social Research Council, the Welcome Trust, the Carnegie Trust, and places at other universities.

The course also provides research training to graduates who may wish to enter professional training for jobs which have a ‘scientist-practitioner’ underpinning such as clinical psychology.


This is Semester 1 module. This class aims to provide advanced training in a range of quantitative statistics likely to be required for analyses conducted in the dissertation. The class also aims to equip students with the statistical knowledge that is likely to be needed to aid the interpretation of results from previous empirical research. In addition, students will develop the necessary statistical competences to support transfer to doctoral programmes and careers in academic or commercial research and teaching.

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Entry requirements

Students need first or upper second-class Honours degree in psychology, or overseas equivalent.

University information

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