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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Medicine

    Psychology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    See website for more information

  • Last Updated

    24 October 2018

The central objective of this programme is to equip you with an array of methodological skills to function as an effective PhD student or as a professional researcher in psychology, with a particular emphasis on cognitive, clinical, and clinical neuroscience research. You will acquire the skills necessary to generate good research questions, establish plausible theoretical answers, and carry out high-quality empirical research in order to test your hypotheses. At the end of your training you will have completed a research project that makes a contribution to the discipline and you will have the necessary skills and confidence to be able to operate independently in the future.

This MSc can be applied for as a stand-alone degree or form the first year of a PhD. It is delivered as part of the Economic and Social Research Council South West Doctoral Training Centre – a hub of world-class social science research.

This programme consists of compulsory taught modules and a substantial research project. It will acquaint you with a wide range of data analysis techniques and research methods in the areas of clinical neuroscience, and both clinical and cognitive psychology, while enabling you to develop particular specialist skills and knowledge in selected areas.

You will be able to get involved with one or more of the research groups in the department to explore your research interests further.

Programme structure

The programme is made up of five compulsory modules. The list of modules may include the following:

  • Advanced Statistics
  • Behavioural Science Research Skills
  • Research Apprenticeship
  • Current Research Issues in Psychological Research Methods
  • Methods in Cognitive and Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience

The modules listed here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Research Apprenticeship

A distinctive feature of all our taught Masters programmes is the Research Apprenticeship. The Apprenticeship enables you to develop your research skills by working alongside experienced researchers or practitioners. You will also gain experience in scientific communication through the process of writing up your research in the form of a dissertation.

Many students undertake their apprenticeship with researchers in our Psychology department, but apprenticeship opportunities may also be available outside the University. A broad range of projects are typically available each year and may cover a diverse array of topics, including cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, clinical neuroscience, clinical neuropsychology, social psychology, environmental psychology, applied psychology, epidemiology, and sports psychology.

Read the full module specification for the Research Apprenticeship.

Careers

On completion of your postgraduate degree you will have the scientific skills to enable progression into research or professional psychology, the communication skills required for marketing and business roles, and the interpersonal skills needed for progression into personnel or caring professions.

Exeter’s reputation amongst graduate employers has helped postgraduates into successful careers in research, high technology industries, management, personnel, legal and advertising services amongst others.

Further information

Our excellent Careers and Employment Service provides invaluable support, advice and access to graduate employers. Visit the employment and professional development pages for more information, including podcasts and profiles, about the range of support available.


Visit the MSc Psychological Research Methods page on the University of Exeter website for more details!

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