Our MSc in Psychological Research is exceptional for its dual emphasis on basic psychological science and applied issues. The course is designed to provide students with a wide range of practical research skills, advanced studies in modern psychology, and an opportunity to learn how this knowledge is applied in either industrial or clinical settings. The course has been recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as providing the transferable skills essential to social science research. Students who take this course will get a comprehensive research experience working with top international calibre researchers, and an exceptional opportunity to see how modern psychology can be put into practice.
This Masters is recommended in the following cases: You are looking to specialise in a particular area of Psychology. You are interested in giving your CV/Resume an extra "boost". You are trying to get a feel for research in psychology before undertaking a PhD. You are looking for a job as a research assistant. You wish to undertake a PhD.
Content In Semester One you'll concentrate on content modules that reflect the academic specialisms within the school. In Semester Two all students take three skills modules - Advanced Statistics, Issues in Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis, and Communicating Research in Psychology.
In both Semesters One and Two, you take a tutorial style modules called Advanced Research Methods and Proposal I/II in which you develop your research thesis project with your supervisor.
Structure The course consists of two Parts. Part One comprises taught modules over two semesters. You are required to take three 'content' modules, each designed to provide knowledge and promote understanding in a specific core area of psychology. You also take three 'skills' modules designed to help you acquire research skills. In addition you take two tutorial modules with your supervisor wherein you develop a research proposal for your thesis. On successful completion of Part One, you'll proceed to Part Two (in the third semester). At this time you complete and write your thesis.
Teaching, Learning and Assessment Teaching occurs via lectures, seminars and tutorials given by research experts in the School. All teachers are actively engaged in research programmes. Assessment methods include written exams, essays, oral presentations and a research thesis. Research Thesis
The thesis is the "heart" of the MSc and is an intensive research experience conducted in collaboration with your supervisor that allows you to put your knowledge and skills into practice. In conducting your thesis project, you will develop new skills such as planning, co-operative working, and the academic skills essential to understanding and reporting findings to others.
Student Profiles To get a taste of what life as a postgraduate student in the School of Psychology is like, you may want to read the profiles of some of our current and past Postgraduate students that are on the School website.
Funding Some course specific funding is available. Please see School Page for details.
Research/Industrial Links The academics involved with this programme have extensive research links with external bodies and companies, which are fully utilised in ensuring that the modules are relevant to the modern work and research environment graduates will enter.
Career Prospects This course is recommended for students who are looking to specialise in a particular area of Psychology prior to undertaking a PhD or looking for a post as a research assistant. It also provides excellent general research skills that graduates can use in a range of other employment environments.