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Psychological Research (MSc)

Course Description

Programme description

Drawing from a vibrant and stimulating research culture, this programme provides you with comprehensive training and grounding in research methods and analysis across the broad field of psychology.

This programme will help you develop professional, critical and analytical skills. You will learn how to formulate research problems, and appreciate diverse approaches to research, including qualitative methods.

The programme is targeted at those with a special interest in research methods, but is also ideal for those wishing to take an empirical approach to areas of psychology that are not covered by our other taught programmes.

Programme structure

This programme comprises two semesters of taught courses, including six compulsory courses and option courses chosen from other areas within Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences, followed by a dissertation.

Compulsory courses:

Current Topics in Psychological Research
Multivariate Statistics and Methodology using R
Psychological Research Skills
Specialist Techniques in Psychological Research
Univariate Statistics and Methodology using R

Option courses:

Brain Imaging in Neuropsychology
Clinical Neuropsychology
Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology
Critical Social Psychology
Disorders of Language Functions
History of Unorthodox Psychology
Mind, Body and Consciousness
Working Memory in Healthy and the Damaged Brain
Multisensory Integration

Learning outcomes

The programme lays emphasis on the following outcomes:

-comprehension of the basic principles of research strategy and design, including an understanding of how to formulate researchable problems and an appreciation of alternative approaches to research
-competency in understanding and applying a range of methods and research tools
-skills in research management
-understanding the significance of alternative epistemological positions that provide the context for theory construction

Career opportunities

This programme has been designed to help you progress your research career and offers a firm basis for further postgraduate study, or for related research in industry.

Visit the Psychological Research (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, in psychology or a related discipline. Please contact the Programme Director if you have any other qualifications.

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