Drawing from a vibrant and stimulating research culture, this programme provides you with comprehensive training and grounding in research methods and analysis across the broad field of psychology.
This programme will help you develop professional, critical and analytical skills. You will learn how to formulate research problems, and appreciate diverse approaches to research, including qualitative methods.
The programme is targeted at those with a special interest in research methods, but is also ideal for those wishing to take an empirical approach to areas of psychology that are not covered by our other taught programmes.
This programme comprises two semesters of taught courses, including six compulsory courses and option courses chosen from other areas within Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences, followed by a dissertation.
The programme lays emphasis on the following outcomes:
This programme has been designed to help you progress your research career and offers a firm basis for further postgraduate study, or for related research in industry.
This recognised research training course provides students with knowledge of, and experience in, a wide range of research methods used in psychological research. In addition, it provides students with training in practical skills involved in conducting research, and in reporting research effectively both orally and in written forms of communication.
The course consists of small classes combined with an emphasis on individual tuition, a focus on ‘hands-on’ experience backed by appropriate theoretical knowledge, an availability of a wide range of options in areas of psychology in which the Department excels and makes use of excellent equipment and specialist research facilities.
It is especially suited to applicants who are considering doing a PhD, or wish to develop their research skills in preparation for further professional training (eg Clinical, Forensic, Educational, Health, Occupational Psychology), or who require additional training in psychological research methods to apply to their work environment.
This course is designed to help you become an independent researcher, capable of explaining human behaviour using cutting edge methodological techniques.
Working with an expert in your chosen field of psychology, you’ll become highly proficient in statistical analysis, project management and report writing.
There are lectures, seminars and workshops. You’re assessed on written coursework, presentations and a research dissertation.
You’ll develop the skills and knowledge for all sorts of careers. Many of our graduates continue to PhD level. Others work as research associates and assistant psychologists for employers such as universities and the NHS. Throughout your course, you’ll have frequent reviews with your tutor to discuss your learning needs and objectives.
Our ongoing collaborative projects with hospitals, mental health care units, the police and prison service, and several leading firms in business and industry will show you how psychology can be applied in the real world.
You’ll also benefit from our research excellence. We don’t just focus on one or two specialisms – with active researchers in most areas of psychology, we are consistently one of the highest-ranked research departments in the UK.
Whatever your particular interest, we have the facilities for your research. Our research environment was rated amongst the best in the country in the last national assessment. We are exceptionally well resourced for research in Social and Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Developmental Psychology, with a dedicated suite of rooms for different participant groups.
To give you the right tools for your research, there is a fully equipped neuroscience unit with excellent facilities for brain imaging, neuroanatomy, electrophysiology, behavioural neuroscience and computational neuroscience. We have access to a small-bore MRI device and to the University’s MRI facility for human studies.
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