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MSc Psychological Research Methods with Advanced Statistics

University of Sheffield Department of Psychology

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year FT / 2 years PT

About the course

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.

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Entry Requirements

We usually ask for a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in psychology or a related discipline. Evidence of undergraduate training in statistics for psychology is also required.

We can also accept qualifications from other countries. Find out which qualifications we accept from your country on our webpages for international students: View Website


Up-to-date fees can be found on the University of Sheffield's webpages for postgraduate students: Please see the university website for further information on fees for this course.

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Peter Carr

“While studying in my final year at The University of Warwick I reached out to one of the academics who was an expert in a field that I found most interesting; behavioural science, the interface of psychology and economics. They indicated that, while psychologists’ statistical knowledge was good, strong statistical and data science skills would be a great benefit in pursuing a career in behavioural science. The University of Sheffield’s MSc Psychological Research Methods with Advanced Statistics suited my needs perfectly to achieve this goal. I now work as a Statistical Analyst at a higher education institute in the UK, with my key roles being to conduct, advise and analyse surveys and provide statistical insight into ‘student success’. In addition to my main job, I’ve also picked up statistical consultancy work. Providing statistical advice and support to the Life, Health and Chemical Sciences department. I’m currently assisting with a project investigating the genes associated with disgust.

“For me, there were two instrumental factors that helped me secure, and prepared me for, my current role as a Statistical Analyst: the two statistical modules offered on my masters course, and the superb supervision of my dissertation and literature review. Dr Chris Stride’s teaching on the two statistical modules was phenomenal. Providing a strong understanding of a variety of statistical methods and setting the groundwork for the use of more advanced methods. Since entering my role as Statistical Analyst I have employed many of the methods taught to me, including: exploratory factor analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, logistic regression and multi-level modelling.

“Dr Tom Stafford supervised both my systematic literature review and dissertation. He was enthusiastic, engaging and his supervision felt collaborative, providing guidance and support by developing ideas; rather than imposing them. Working with a large naturally occurring dataset was especially helpful in my current role, I now frequently work with ‘large’ datasets. Without this initial experience of working with large datasets it would have been much more difficult to adapt into my current role. Furthermore, I started my job, part-time, late in June. During this time, Dr Tom Stafford went extra lengths to be flexible in arranging meetings and tracking progress on my dissertation. Without this support it would have been much more difficult to finish my course.”

Caroline Wojnarowski

“I studied at the University of Sheffield for my BSc in Psychology and fell in love with the city. I chose the MSc in Psychological Research Methods with Advanced Statistics as I knew the department well and wanted to prepare myself the best I could for eventually applying for the DClinPsy.

“I was lucky enough to have a fabulous supervisor that gave me great opportunities for research in depression and anxiety which is a keen interest of mine! From the MSc I now have two published papers from the systematic review module and my research project is currently under review for publication.

“I am now a Clinical Studies Officer in the NHS. I work on various research projects for the NIHR in mental health and dementia - this involves me promoting research within clinical teams; conducting neuropsychological assessments on clinical trials and visiting individuals with severe mental illness on inpatient wards or at home to complete research questionnaires. Without my MSc I wouldn’t have qualified for the job, it gave me the knowledge and skills I needed to continue a career in research. I intend on applying for the DClinPsy in the near future.”


Each year we offer two bursaries to students on this program. Students who are awarded a bursary get a £1,500 reduction in their tuition fees. These bursaries are awarded on a competitive basis, based on:

- Academic performance as indicated by GPA and transcript.
- Other relevant skills and knowledge (for example, programming courses outside the degree, or relevant work experience).
- Research activity (co-authoring papers, conference presentations, etc).
- Personal statement, which should include information on why you want to do the course you have applied for, and how it fits with your aspirations.

Value of Scholarship(s)



To be considered for a bursary in the year that you intend to start your course, submit your application to study with us by 31 May.

All applications received before this deadline will automatically be considered for a bursary.

Application Procedure

To be considered for a bursary in the year that you intend to start your course, submit your application to study with us by 31 May.

All applications received before this deadline will automatically be considered for a bursary.

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