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Psychological Research Methods MSc / MRes


Nottingham Trent University School of Social Sciences

Full time & Part time September MSc, MRes 1 / 2 year(s)

About the course

Our Psychological Research Methods Masters degree provides extensive training if you are looking to develop a broad range of transferable skills relevant to independent research and beyond. The course has been designed specifically to prepare graduates in Psychology or related disciplines for:

  • a PhD degree
  • research related careers in academic or applied psychological disciplines
  • careers in which data handling and analytical skills are of relevance.

You might also complete the course as a means of improving your research skills in preparation for further training as a professional psychologist (often as a clinical or educational psychologist).

Both awards are equivalent, although the MSc has a larger taught component whilst the MRes places greater emphasis on the conduct of independent

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Entry Requirements

You will need an undergraduate degree (minimum 2.1) in Psychology or a closely related discipline; or other recognised equivalent qualification.

Applicants without such qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but will be required to demonstrate how their experiences and knowledge would enable them to study this course at Masters-level in their Personal Statement.

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Student Profile(s)

Sarah Proud

"I completed my undergraduate degree (BSc Psychology with Sociology) at NTU and knew the school had a great reputation and amazing staff so I wanted to continue my studies there. I enjoyed completing my research project during my undergraduate degree which is why I chose to study Psychological Research Methods at Masters level. In particular I enjoyed the modules on Advanced Experimentation and Statistics 1 and 2, and Structural Equation Modelling.

"What attracted me to the course was the opportunity to undertake my own research whilst attending taught modules. I knew I wanted to work in Psychology but was unsure of which field; Psychological Research Methods offered a variety and range. The taught modules were over the full week rather than 2 extremely busy days.

"As my course covered at least 20% statistics modules I was able to apply for my current job at the Office for National Statistics. It is encouraged to move roles in the future and I hope to move into surveys and methodology in order to utilise other modules from my masters such as Psychometrics and Structural Equation Modelling.

"The knowledge I gained in regards to psychological research methods are transferable to the work I currently complete. I feel confident writing and presenting methods papers which are similar to the research projects at university. I was prepared for the level of work expected from having previously completed a masters.

"My plan for the future is to continue working at the ONS possibly moving into social research and methodology but I am currently enjoying the challenge of being in National Accounts."


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