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  Psychological Research Methods - MSc


Lancaster University    Department of Psychology

Full time & Part time See Course MSc 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time 01 September 2024
Psychology (31)

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Embark on a rewarding journey with our MSc in Psychological Research Methods at Lancaster University. This programme is designed for aspiring researchers and those aiming for specialized roles in professional psychology. Delve into hands-on experience and top-notch teaching, including ESRC-recognized PhD-level research training. Benefit from world-leading academics, compulsory modules enhancing analytical skills, and the choice of two optional modules to tailor your learning. Develop advanced research skills crucial for roles in clinical or forensic psychology. Engage in an independent research project under expert supervision, showcasing your expertise to future employers. Our supportive academic community ensures a conducive learning environment, with personalized guidance from dedicated tutors. Gain transferable skills highly valued by employers, preparing you for a successful career path. With a 2:1 Hons degree in Psychology or related discipline, including Statistics and Research Methods modules, you are set to thrive in this competitive field. Join us at Lancaster to unlock a world of opportunities and advance your career in psychology.

About the course

Are you interested in pursuing a career in research, or looking to progress into specialist areas of professional psychology? Our programme will enable you to develop the skills and technical knowledge required to advance in these areas.

Our MSc Psychology Research Methods programme provides you with hands-on experience, fantastic teaching, and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognised PhD-level research teaching. Throughout the year, you will benefit from research-led teaching delivered by world-leading academics.

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Entry Requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in Psychology or related cognate discipline. Your degree must have covered some Statistics and Research Methods modules.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.


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Ruairi Condon

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the course.

It is taught by very friendly teaching staff, who are leading academics, and I was able to choose an optional module in an area that interested me as well as sitting in on some others which I also grabbed my curiosity and students could also attend weekly seminars by guest researchers.

I learned a wide variety of research methods including a superb advanced statistics module which was made very understandable through project work.

Other practical aspects such as seminar discussions by students on course relevant topics and practising particular analytical techniques on actual data in class is very beneficial way of learning. T

he course has demystified many aspects of the research process for me and given me much more confidence to go do my own research and I'm now equipped with a range of tools that I can draw on to address many types of research questions, leaving me feeling more flexible, critical and competent as a researcher.

Suzanne Day

Living in Cumbria, ninety miles away, I opted to study the MSc part time, whilst working 16 hours a week.

From my first queries about the course I found the Postgraduate Coordinators to be friendly and keen to discuss any questions or concerns I had about the level of commitment that was required for the course. I found the work load reasonable whilst working 16 hours a week, but I would not advise anyone to attempt to work many more hours than that whilst studying. If I was not able to attend a lecture or meeting with my dissertation tutor due an issue like the weather or travel, staff were flexible and understanding.

In sum, I found my part-time studying experience within the Psychology Department at Lancaster University supportive, achievable and most importantly, enjoyable.

Luke McEllin

Having completed my undergraduate degree and looking to start a career in research, completing an MSc in Psychological Research Methods seemed like a natural first step. I decided to undertake this course with the Lancaster University Psychology department for various reasons, such as the institutions reputation, the department’s facilities and how the Research Methods course was structured.

It’s safe to say that I wasn’t disappointed, and my experience at Lancaster University was enjoyable and satisfying. From the start, members of the department were welcoming and supportive, something that was constant throughout my MSc. I found that classes were interactive and stimulating, something that I believe is of great importance to any course. I also found every module to be unique and have something different to offer, with the department even finding a way to make the statistics classes lively and interesting! For me, the highlight of the course was completing my Dissertation. The module was tailored to my needs; with my supervisor and other members of the department offering valuable advice and guidance, as well as allowing me to make my own decisions about the project.

I found the course as a whole to be very rewarding; equipping me with the skills to carry out Psychological research, as well as giving me the choice to pursue my own interests. I really enjoyed my time at Lancaster, and feel that the MSc in Psychological Research Methods has a lot to offer those who would like to start a career in Psychological Research.

Debbie Wood
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In 2006 whilst doing my A-Level Psychology I came to Lancaster University to access a journal article from the library. I remember distinctly being overawed by the facilities, especially the library, and thinking that I would love to be a full time student there. Little did I know...
By 2012 I had completed my BSc Psychology with the Open University and hoped to secure a place on a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. However, as anyone who has tried will know, there is a lot of competition for relatively few places! Despite a good first degree I soon concluded that I needed an MSc. Lancaster University's MSc in Psychological Research Methods seemed to have exactly the content needed to improve my profile as a scientist practitioner and furthermore Lancaster itself is a lovely city and very accessible by road and rail from my home in Cumbria.
Having now completed the course I can say that I was thoroughly impressed with the content, lecturing and support I received and that I really enjoyed my time as a student at Lancaster University. My research was well supported and has opened up opportunities for continued work in a clinically relevant area and hopefully for future publication. I now feel much more confident in my abilities as a researcher and furthermore this year I have secured my first interview for the Clinical Doctorate - which I sincerely hope will see me back at Lancaster next year.
Beyond the course, the campus has everything you need and is easy to navigate, it has a friendly atmosphere and great facilities. As a (very) mature student I was a little worried about integrating - but fears were unfounded and I made some good friends on the course. Did I mention that it has a wonderful library? Oh yes, at the start - well it's even better now! Do your postgraduate study at Lancaster University - it's fab!

Scholarships

At Lancaster, we are delighted to offer scholarships to high-achieving Home students.

The scholarship is awarded as a £4000 tuition fee waiver for Postgraduate Taught programmes, for 2022 entry and will be automatically awarded if students meet the eligibility criteria and terms and conditions outlined below:

Value of Scholarship(s)

£4000

Eligibility

Must have achieved or be expecting a 1st Class Hons degree.
Applicants must be in receipt of either a conditional or an unconditional offer for a place at Lancaster University for October 2022 entry, which you have accepted.
Fully funded applicants are not eligible for this scholarship.
Partially funded applicants for less than 50% of their fees, would be eligible for this scholarship.
Awardees must be classed as Home fee-paying students for tuition fee purposes, for the duration of their studies.

Application Procedure

You do not need to apply for this scholarship - you will automatically be considered for it on application.


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Lancaster University will offer a reduction in tuition fees for all taught Masters programmes for eligible applicants, determined by the level of undergraduate or postgraduate award achieved.

The value of the scholarship is as follows:

If you hold an Undergraduate degree from Lancaster University:
20% fee reduction for 1st Class Hons degree holders
10% fee reduction for 2:1 Hons degree holders
If you already hold a Postgraduate degree from Lancaster University

For students who intend taking a second taught masters programme at Lancaster University:
20% fee reduction for Master's with Distinction degree holders
10% fee reduction for Master's with Merit degree holders

Please note that the Alumni Loyalty Scholarship will be based on the most recent programme of study undertaken at Lancaster University.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10%-20% fee reduction

Eligibility

Must hold an undergraduate or postgraduate degree from Lancaster University

Application Procedure

You do not need to apply for this scholarship - you will be automatically considered for it upon application.


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Lancaster University is delighted to announce that we will offer a generous scholarship to high-achieving students from all international countries, who are liable for International tuition fees.

The £5000 scholarship is awarded as a tuition fee waiver for Postgraduate Taught programmes for 2022 entry and will be automatically awarded if students meet the eligibility criteria and terms and conditions.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5000

Eligibility

Applicants must be studying Postgraduate Taught degree-level programmes, offered fully on-campus at Lancaster University for October 2022 entry.
Applicants must be in receipt of either a conditional or an unconditional offer for a place at Lancaster University for October 2022 entry, which you have accepted (non‐UCAS applications) or accepted firmly (UCAS applications).
Fully funded applicants are not eligible for this scholarship.
Awardees must be classed as Overseas or International fee-paying students for tuition fee purposes

Application Procedure

You do not need to apply for this scholarship - you will be automatically considered for it upon application.


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