Psychological Research Methods MSc

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Develop advanced research skills that will be valuable in any sector. Progress towards becoming a chartered psychologist. Take on two unique research placements on live projects.

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Overview

This course develops advanced research skills that will be valuable whether you aspire to be a chartered psychologist or intend to work in any sector that puts a premium on evidence-based decision-making, including health, human resources and general management.

For those who would like to progress towards becoming a chartered psychologist, this course provides a rigorous preparation for the additional postgraduate research and professional training that are necessary for chartered status.

Why us?

  • 95.8% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2015/16 (based on UK postgraduate students)

Course structure

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, workshops and one-to-one research supervisions. Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working.

Your modules will be assessed through a variety of assessments which include problem-based research scenarios, individual and group presentations, data exercises, written project reports, project logs and reflective commentaries.

Modules on this course include:

  • Professional Research Skills for Psychologists (30 credits)
  • Advanced Psychological Research 1 (30 credits)
  • Research Experience and Practice (30 credits)
  • Advanced Qualitative Methodologies (30 credits)
  • MSc Research Project (60 credits)

 

Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

  • We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on health studies with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so that you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

    Some of the most important sources for your studies include:

    • SocINDEX with full-text articles – probably the world's most comprehensive and highest-quality sociology research database
    • Professional Development Collection, which features hundreds of education journals and reports
    • Psychology and Behavioural Sciences Database, which includes full-text journal articles on topics spanning emotional and behavioural sciences, psychiatry and psychology
    • Lexis Library, which covers UK and international legal information as well as full-text newspaper articles
    • Community Care Inform, which helps professionals who work with children and young people to make, and evidence, their decisions
    Library Services - psychological research
  • We have specialist psychological and computer laboratories for counselling and psychology, plus the ‘Sandbox’, a dedicated space for students to develop ideas collaboratively.

    Our specialist facilities include:

    • High specification research cubicles, including a soundproof cubicle
    • Visual psychophysics laboratory
    • SkillsLab, a 30-seater IT suite
    • Powerlab psychophysiological measurement equipment
    • A transcranial direct-current brain stimulation machine (tDCS)
    • Private interview booths
    • Multimedia and games research room
    • Specialist data analysis and experiment building software
    Specialist laboratories for counselling and psychology
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Facilities

Our Psychology courses are based at Helen McArdle House, City Campus, close to the city centre and a five-minute walk from the University metro station.

You’ll find a range of specialist laboratories and excellent library resources here.

Entry requirements

Our typical requirement is a 2:2 or above (or an equivalent overseas qualification) in Psychology with Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership from the British Psychological Society or in a related discipline (e.g. health sciences, computer science, linguistics).

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £6,500 if you are from the UK or EU
  • £13,000 if you are from outside the EU

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

Use our scholarships calculator to see what you may be entitled to.

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Employment

This course enables you to pursue your interests while also providing a stepping stone to well-paid roles. Most postgraduates earn more than undergraduates over their careers.

Career options

At the end of this course you will be able to make a strong application for doctoral programmes that lead to chartered status as a psychologist. There are nine types of psychology in which it is possible to become chartered: clinical, educational, forensic, occupational, counselling, sport and exercise and health psychology, as well as neuropsychology and teaching/researching in psychology.

As an example of salaries, clinical psychologists within the NHS typically have a starting salary of around £30,000, progressing up to more than £80,000 for higher level posts. Salaries in private hospitals and private practice will vary.

Equally, the course prepares you for employment in a broad range of sectors. Expertise in research methodology is highly valued in management, advertising, marketing, human resources, the police force, the prison service, social care, health services and teaching.


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