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MSc Psychological Research Methods with Advanced Statistics

The availability of large behavioural datasets is growing thanks to large sale longitudinal studies such as the Millennium Cohort Study, social media, healthcare information and consumer internet use. As the size of datasets grows, the sophistication of statistical methods and software tools used to model and analyse data is also increasing, driving the demand for psychologists with strong quantitative skills.

Through your MSc Psychological Research Methods with Advanced Statistics training, you'll develop your skills in the statistical methods and specialist software that is needed to handle and interpret large datasets about human behaviour, led by a professional statistician. Alongside your statistical training, you'll learn the latest techniques that are applied in cutting-edge psychology research from the psychologists who are using them in their published studies. The techniques covered range from intermediate multivariate approaches such as generalised linear modelling, to advanced multilevel modelling, confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modelling (using Mplus software). You'll also receive professional skills training in grant proposal writing, academic presentation skills and research ethics before completing an extended research project using advanced statistics in your chosen area of psychology.

Learn the statistical skills that employers are looking for and tailor your studies to your research interests in clinical, cognitive, developmental or social psychology, ready to take the next step towards a PhD, clinical training or a career in psychological research or data science.

Course structure

This 12-month course is designed to train you in the advanced statistical skills and latest research methods that are applied in cutting-edge psychology research, ready for clinical training, a PhD or an exciting psychological career. Your statistical training is led by professional statistician Dr Chris Stride who will teach you the latest techniques including confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modelling (using Mplus software), multilevel modelling and generalised linear models. Throughout your course, we'll teach you the skills you need and give you the opportunities to apply them to the area of psychology that you're interested in: from cognitive and developmental, to social and clinical psychology.

Alongside your statistical training you'll learn a broad range of research techniques from neuroimaging (EEG, fMRI), behavioural genetics, through experimental methodologies and clinical trial design, to qualitative interview, diary study methodologies and specialist methods for working with infants, children and clinical populations. You'll also begin training in a range of skills that are important for psychologists in academia and professional roles: you'll understand ethical issues in research, learn how to write a grant proposal, and develop your presentation skills ready to take part in our annual student-led summer conference.

Current modules

  • Research Project with Advanced Statistics (60 credits)
  • Research Methods in Psychology (30 credits)
  • Intermediate Multivariate Statistics for Psychology (15 credits)
  • Advanced Statistical Methods for Psychologists (15 credits)
  • Systematically Reviewing Psychological Research (30 credits)
  • Professional Skills for Psychologists (30 credits)

Learning, teaching and assessment

You'll be taught through small-group teaching in a mixture of seminars, workshops and one-to-one supervision. All assessment is coursework-based.

After your degree

This course is designed to train you for a wide range of exciting careers in psychology and beyond. Graduates will be equipped with the specialist knowledge and transferrable skills to either prepare for the next step to begin clinical training or further study to PhD level, or pursue a career in statistical analysis within a wide range of disciplines.

Previous graduates have gone on to PhD training with an advanced quantitative dimension in neuroimaging, health psychology and social psychology. Others have found employment in the higher education, health or charity sectors with job roles such as:

  • Graduate Statistical Analyst or Programme Analyst in Higher Education.
  • Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, Assistant Psychologist or Research Assistant in NHS trusts or other public health organisations.
  • Psychological Researcher or Lecturer in academia.

Funding and scholarships

Funding is available, depending on your fee status, where you live and the course you plan to study. You could also qualify for a repayable postgraduate masters loan to help fund your studies

Find out more

How to apply

To apply for this course, complete the University of Sheffield's postgraduate online application form.

Online application form

Early applications are encouraged. Any applications received after all places have been filled will be deferred for entry the following year.


Visit the MSc Psychological Research Methods with Advanced Statistics page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!

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