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Course content

This programme develops skills in advanced research methods and data analysis in psychology, and is suitable for students from a variety of backgrounds.

About this degree

Students acquire a wide range of practical research skills. They gain knowledge of the nature and limitations of the scientific method and the main alternatives. In addition they develop knowledge of a range of general historical, theoretical, and philosophical issues underlying the discipline of psychology.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of seven core modules (120 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Computer Programming (15 credits)
  • Empirical Projects (15 credits)
  • Understanding Individuals and Groups (15 credits)
  • Social Psychology (15 credits)
  • Qualitative Data Analysis (15 credits)
  • Brain and Mind (30 credits)
  • Statistics (15 credits)

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–12,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of small-group lectures and practicals. Assessment is through reports of empirical projects carried out individually and in groups, essays, unseen examinations, a computing project, a literature review, web page and PowerPoint presentation. 

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Psychological Sciences MSc

Funding

ESRC 1+3 studentships are available for this programme. You must specify on your application if you wish to be considered for this award. The current MPhil/PhD application deadline is 31 January.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

By the end of this training, students will have acquired a wide range of practical research skills and knowledge of a range of general historical, theoretical, and philosophical issues underlying the discipline of psychology.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Division of Psychology & Language Sciences undertakes world-leading research and teaching in mind, behaviour, and language.

Our work attracts staff and students from around the world. Together they create an outstanding and vibrant environment, taking advantage of cutting-edge resources such as a behavioural neuroscience laboratory, a centre for brain imaging, and extensive laboratories for research in speech and language, perception, and cognition.

Opportunities for graduate students to work with world-renowned researchers exist in all areas of investigation, from basic processes to applied research. The division offers a supportive environment including numerous specialist seminars, workshops, and guest lectures.

Accreditation:

The Psychological Sciences MSc is designed to confer Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). GBC is the form of professional accreditation that is required for many careers that you may pursue with a psychology degree, as well as for advanced professional training in psychology. This is a conversion course.


Visit the Psychological Sciences (MSc) page on the University College London website for more details!

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