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Research Methods in Psychology MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Psychology (General) Social Research Methods

Course type


Course Summary

Why this course?

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 also provides a basis for further postgraduate study such as a PhD and applications for research assistant posts.

In addition to acquiring 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 as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.

What you'll study

This course is designed to maximise your research potential. It provides a thorough grounding in research methods for anyone wanting to apply for a research assistant post or for doctoral study, or enter training for a scientist practitioner-oriented career such as educational or clinical psychology.

You'll devote a signifcant amount of time to a substantial research project and focus on producing a thesis that it is potentially publishable in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. We provide the supoort of one-to-one supervision and access to the advanced research equipment in the School of Psychological Sciences and Health,

In addition, you'll complete training in the philosophy of social research methods, quantitative and qualitative research methods and research design over two semesters. These taught modules will provide the training essential for the completion of the research project and for your subsequent career in research.


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.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



Students will study this module in Semester 1 & 2. Students will undertake a large original research project, under the supervision of one of the academics in the School of Psychological Sciences and Health. Access to the specialist equipment in the school, along with expert tutorage in the use this equipment, will be provided during the dissertation, as required.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

First or upper second-class Honours degree in psychology, or overseas equivalent.

University information

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