The Research Methods in Psychology MSc offers advanced and broad-based training in the major methods and statistical techniques in use in psychology, together with a wide range of optional modules to allow you to tailor your studies to your own interests.
*This course will be taught at the Canterbury campus*
- Our taught Master’s (MSc) programmes have been recognised by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as meeting the nationally recognised criteria for preparation training for PhD research.
- The programmes we offer help you to develop general critical, analytic and problem-solving skills that can be applied in a wide range of settings.
Gain a thorough understanding of psychology at a theoretical and practical level, from basic learning and cognition to prejudice and persuasion. The programme covers four core elements: advanced statistics and methodology, current issues in theory and research, advanced research in psychology and your dissertation.
Develop critical, analytic and problem-solving skills that can be applied in a wide range of settings. The flexibility of the programme makes it ideal for graduates wishing to become professionals and specialists in a number of fields in psychology research.
Format and assesment
The programme consists of 2 compulsory modules and 4 optional modules.
Core modules include: Statistics and Methodology, and Advanced Research Project in Psychology.
Options modules include:
• Advanced Cognitive (Neuroscience) Methods in Practice • Advanced Developmental Social Psychology • Advanced Topics in Cognition in Action • Advanced Topics in Cognitive Development • Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychopathology • Advanced Topics in Group Processes • Advanced Topics in Intergroup Relations • Current Issues in Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology • Current Issues in Social and Applied Psychology I: Theory • Current Issues in Social and Applied Psychology II :Applications • Developmental Psychology in Professional Practice • The Psychology of Eyewitness Testimony
Assessment is mainly by coursework assignment (4-6,000-word essays), examination (for the Advanced Statistics and Methodology module only), plus the dissertation.
Our postgraduate students commonly go into the fields of health, teaching or further education. For instance, many of our graduates take up roles as assistant psychologists in the NHS with a view to becoming a professional clinical or forensic psychologist. Upon completing our Master’s courses, graduates have also pursued doctoral study and academic careers at higher education institutions.
- Shortlisted for University of the Year 2015 - Kent has been ranked fifth out of 120 UK universities in a mock Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) exercise modelled by Times Higher Education (THE). - In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Kent was ranked 17th* for research output and research intensity, in the Times Higher Education, outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities - Over 96% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2014 found a job or further study opportunity within six months. Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why/