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Psychological Research Methods MSc

University of Exeter    College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

About the course


  • This programme aims 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
  • It can be applied for as a stand-alone degree or form the first year of a PhD
  • Delivered as part of the ESRC South West Doctoral Training Partnership – a hub of world-class social science research
  • Acquire the necessary skills to generate good research questions, establish plausible theoretical answers, and carry out high-quality empirical research in order to test your hypotheses
  • Complete a research project that makes a contribution to the discipline, and gives you necessary skills and confidence to be able to operate independently in the future

Top 100 in the world for Psychology

QS World University Rankings 2021 and THE World University Rankings by Subject 2022

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Entry Requirements

Normally a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in Psychology. A degree in another discipline may be accepted if it included substantial content in Psychology, research methodology and statistics.

Applicants are also required to meet our English language requirements. Please see our website for details.

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I chose the University of Exeter because of the research-based style of teaching, and because there are researchers in the Psychology department who are experts in the areas of research that I am interested in.

My favourite aspect of the programme is how research-centred it is. Lectures are given by researchers who are experts in the topics they are teaching, and some modules and assignments are centred on attending seminars where members of the department present their latest research. Then, as part of the research project component of the course, you have the opportunity to be part of the research team and conduct high quality research of your own.

For me the research project is the biggest highlight of the course. It is the module where you have the most flexibility to decide what kind of research you want to conduct. The module gives you a huge amount of research experience, allowing you to understand in greater detail all aspects of the research process. And, due to the range of projects available, you get to gain this experience while conducting research that you’re passionate about. It is possible to conduct high quality, publishable work in this module which is really useful if you want to continue in academia.

The university has a variety of different kinds of laboratories for conducting different kinds of research. For example, we have laboratories equipped for transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS), eye-tracking, electroencephalography (EEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and more. The course provides training in these techniques through lectures and practical classes and you then have the opportunity to use them when conducting your research project.

As an MSc student I began to feel more and more part of the department, particularly as the course requires you to attend seminars that are attended by both staff and students. This gives you the opportunity to meet researchers from all over the department, network and get involved current projects.

As Exeter is a campus university you are always around other students and bumping into people you know. There are a huge range of societies to meet people with similar interests and they organise a variety of social events. For example, I am a member of the university climbing club. The club is really sociable and provides training in different types of climbing as well as organising social events and trips at the weekends.


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