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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Psychology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

  • Course Type

    MRes

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    20 March 2018

Course content

This course will equip you with a wide range of theoretical knowledge of research methods, and the ability to apply this knowledge within the field of psychology or other areas of social science.

Our students leave with a toolkit of methods to use in their future research projects. In addition, you will have the opportunity to develop your practical skills in specific research methods; develop your theoretical thinking about research; and work closely on several of your own projects with an academic who is an active and leading researcher in their field.

The objective is to equip you with the skills to design, conduct, analyse and report a wide range of research projects and make you an efficient consumer of other people’s research. You will also acquire the communication skills and other key skills necessary to become an excellent researcher.

South West Doctoral Training Partnership

This MRes is delivered by the Economics & Social Research Council (ESRC), specifically, as part of the larger South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP). It can be taken as a course in its own right or as part of the 1+3 (MRes + PhD) pathway, which enables successful graduates to proceed to a PhD.

If you apply for the 1+3 you must indicate your preferred PhD route in your application. Progression from the MRes to the MPhil or PhD stage is dependent on an acceptable level of achievement.

Course structure

This course lasts 1 year. Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

Units

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Semester 1

  • Short research apprenticeship project (MRes)
  • Qualitative methods 1
  • Principles & skills of social research
  • Either Quantitative methods 1: introduction to quantitative methods or Multivariate statistics for use in health contexts
  • Plus 1 optional unit

Semester 2

  • Long research apprenticeship project
  • Qualitative methods 2
  • Plus two optional units

Summer

  • MRes dissertation

Optional course units

These optional units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Semester 1

  • Advanced clinical and health psychology
  • Advanced cognitive psychology
  • Advanced social psychology

Semester 2

  • Professional skills
  • Advanced statistics for use in health contexts
  • Quantitative methods 2

Learning and assessment

Learning

  • Laboratory sessions
  • Lectures
  • Online resources
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Attendance
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Oral assessment
  • Portfolio
  • Practical work
  • Seminar
  • Written examination
  • Other

Visit the Psychology (MRes) page on the University of Bath website for more details!

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