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  Psychological Research Methods MSc / MRes


Nottingham Trent University    School of Social Sciences

Full time & Part time September MSc, MRes 1 year full time, 2 years part time
Psychology (31)

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Embark on a transformative academic journey with the Psychological Research Methods MSc/MRes programme. This comprehensive course is tailored for Psychology graduates or those in related fields, equipping you with a diverse skill set essential for independent research and beyond. The programme offers two pathways - MSc with a robust taught component and MRes with a focus on independent research, allowing you to tailor your learning experience. Notably, you have the flexibility to choose your award later in the course, guided by expert faculty. With a pragmatic approach to research methodologies, you will master various quantitative and qualitative techniques, preparing you for diverse career paths in academia, research, or professional psychology. The programme boasts state-of-the-art facilities including specialist research labs and cutting-edge IT resources, ensuring a conducive learning environment. Join us to unlock your potential as a proficient researcher in the dynamic field of Psychology.

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).

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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.


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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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