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MSc Psychological Research Methods

University of Sheffield    Department of Psychology

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full time, 2 years part time 31 August 2022

About the course

Tailor your training to your research interests and career goals, from clinical and cognitive to developmental and social psychology, as you study the latest techniques from published psychologists.

Course description

Throughout your course, you'll learn the latest techniques in cutting-edge psychological research from the psychologists who are using them in their published studies. These include 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.

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Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in psychology or a related discipline.

Evidence of undergraduate training in statistics for psychology is also required.

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Home (2022 annual fee) : £10,300
Overseas (2022 annual fee) : £26,200

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Dr Emma Blakey

"I became really passionate about research and Developmental Psychology while studying on the undergraduate course at Sheffield. I completed a Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience placement in between my second and third year and this sparked my interest in developmental research. I also became aware, through this scheme, what fantastic facilities the department has for doing developmental research. The developmental lab has connections with local schools and a database of lots of local families that have kindly volunteered to take part in our studies. I decided to study the MSc Psychological Research Methods to continue the research I started at Sheffield as an undergraduate, and to gain skills that would help me become a researcher.

"The MSc was fantastic in giving me skills that would help me become a researcher. I learnt advanced statistics and research methods, gained experience running systematic literature reviews, and even got practice writing grant applications. I continued to specialise in Developmental Psychology and completed my Masters dissertation project on how children learn to flexibly switch their attention. The MSc course was interesting and stimulating. It was challenging at times: I was juggling studying with several part-time jobs but I was lucky that one of my jobs was being a University science and engineering ambassador which was a lot of fun. At all times, I felt part of a supportive community of other students and academic staff. I particularly enjoyed being able to run a larger-scale research project as part of the dissertation and then presenting the findings at the MSc conference towards the end of the year.

"Completing the Masters really confirmed for me that I wanted to be a researcher, and so I decided to apply for a PhD. I chose to stay at Sheffield because the facilities and expertise for developmental research are excellent, I had a very supportive and knowledgeable supervisor and I felt a close connection to the University and their ethos. I was successful in getting funding for my PhD and I continued to work on a similar research topic. In fact, I'm still working on that area now! There are always so many more questions to answer and I am still very passionate about understanding early attention and cognitive skills.

"I returned to the University of Sheffield in 2017 as a lecturer in Developmental Psychology. The MSc at Sheffield provided me with an excellent foundation to becoming an academ

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.

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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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