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MSc in Research Methods in Psychology

Course Description

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*

Key benefits

- 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.

Visit the website: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/73/research-methods-in-psychology

Course detail

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.

How to apply: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Why study at The University of Kent?

- 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/

Postgraduate scholarships and funding

We have a scholarship fund of over £9 million to support our taught and research students with their tuition fees and living costs. Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/

English language learning

If you need to improve your English before and during your postgraduate studies, Kent offers a range of modules and programmes in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Find out more here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international/english.html

Visit the MSc in Research Methods in Psychology page on the University of Kent website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Dominika Majewska

I graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2014 and took two years to train as a teacher of Social Sciences. After completing the qualification, I realised how much I missed studying Psychology and being in a university environment. This encouraged me to pursue a postgraduate course and expand on the knowledge I gained at undergraduate level. Finally, I wanted to improve my chances of studying at Doctoral level if I decided to do so.

I chose the University of Kent for a number of reasons. First of all, the School of Psychology is rated very highly in the league tables for both its courses and research. This was very important to me, as I have always enjoyed challenging myself, and I knew that studying at Kent would allow me to push myself and develop my understanding of Psychology further. As the University is located close to my home, I can live and spend more time with my family. Finally, the University offers a great number of options of Master’s programmes and many interesting modules to choose from. I chose the Research Methods MSc course, as it allowed me to pick most of my option modules, which has been very helpful, as my interests are quite broad, ranging from areas in developmental psychology, social psychology, personality psychology to clinical and psychopathology.

The course has taught me quite a lot in comparison to my first degree. Studying for the MSc in Research Methods in Psychology has made me realise how important it is to conduct high-quality, theory-based research. I also learned how much input and work goes into conducting good quality studies. In addition, the Master’s course has expanded my evaluation and analysis skills. Studying at an undergraduate level encouraged me to learn and understand different areas of Psychology, which is a very broad field with a vast amount of research findings. However, pursuing Psychology at Master’s level is more about drawing on the already-gained knowledge to think independently, build arguments, think critically and challenge findings. So I feel that the biggest difference between an undergraduate degree and a postgraduate degree is a greater emphasis on the higher-level skills, which is very helpful when writing 6,000 word essays that require a deeper level of thinking and analysis. The Master’s course has also really developed my knowledge of statistics.


School of Psychology Taught Master’s Scholarships 2017 - 7 Awards

Value and availability- Receive a £1,000 discount on tuition fees
- Up to seven awards are available for entry in 2017Scholarships are allocated to applicants who meet the general award criteria outlined below on a competitive basis, applications will be ranked by a selection panel.*General award criteriaTo be eligible for a Scholarship all of the following criteria must be met:- The applicant must have achieved an excellent result in their Psychology undergraduate degree. See table below for minimum requirements from various countries. This list is not exhaustive, qualifications from other countries will be considered on an individual basisCountry Minimum grade required for Scholarship (assuming qualification is deemed comparable to UK Bachelor Honours degree)
China 85% overall average
India First class with distinction
Malaysia Class 1/I OR CGPA of 3.5 out of 4.0
Turkey CGPA of 3.5 out of 4.0
USA CGPA of 3.5 out of 4.0
UK First class honours- and the applicant must become a full-time registered student of one of these courses in September 2017:
MSc in Cognitive Psychology/Neuropsychology
MSc in Developmental Psychology
MSc in Forensic Psychology
MSc in Group Processes and Intergroup Relations
MSc in Organisational Psychology
MSc in Political Psychology
MSc in Research Methods in Psychology
MSc in Social and Applied Psychology- and the student must demonstrate a commitment to PhD study at the University of Kent.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000 fee reduction


The School of Psychology offers scholarships of £1,000 to applicants of any tuition fee paying status registering on one of our taught MSc programmes in September 2017: https://www.kent.ac.uk/psychology/msc/index.html.

Application Procedure

Please email [email protected] before 31 July 2017 with a cover letter and CV.Your request will be considered when you have received and accepted an offer of a place on one of the aforementioned MSc programmes, and have satisfied any conditions which the offer is subject to.Note that an offer of a place on an MSc programme does not constitute an offer of funding.*The School of Psychology reserves the right not to allocate the awards if the selection panel identifies no suitable candidates. The Academic Excellence Scholarship is subject to full terms and conditions which will be provided to successful candidates at the point of award.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A final degree classification (grade average) of at least a 2.1 or Merit in the UK system (the second highest classification after First/Distinction). Results from institutions in other countries will be assessed according to this standard. Applicants with undergraduate degrees in psychology are preferred and those with related social sciences or science degrees are considered on a case by case basis. If the undergraduate degree is in a different subject, or it is not accredited by the British Psychological Society, please ask your academic referee to complete the relevant pro-forma (View Website) and email it to . English Language requirements: View Website

Last Updated

14 March 2017

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