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    1 year full time

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    18 January 2018

Course content

Our MRes Psychology research-focused course will give you in-depth theoretical understanding, knowledge and practical experience of key research paradigms, research designs and statistical techniques used in psychology and, more broadly, in the social sciences.

You will receive extensive training in:

  • quantitative methods: path analysis, hierarchical regression analysis, multi-level modelling, signal detection analysis and non-linear regression models;
  • qualitative methods: focus groups, interviewing skills, IPA, thematic analysis, grounded theory, discourse analysis and conversation analysis. 

You will also receive training in meta-analytical techniques, experience sampling, physiological recording methods, eye-tracking and working with children.

Our MRes focuses on various forms of dissemination activity including:

  • writing academic papers;
  • preparing posters;
  • writing summaries;
  • data presentation;
  • collaborating and communicating with stakeholders (eg patients, health professionals, teachers, NHS managers);
  • writing and communicating with the public and professional psychologists.

You will also develop your critical thinking skills. We encourage you to question the evidence base of many assertions made in the media.

We will train you in the ability to take published articles in a number of domains of psychology and critically analyse components such as theoretical assumptions, methodologies used, data analysis (both qualitative and quantitative) and interpretation of the data. We will point you to wider domains of critical thinking in the realm of science.

This MRes provides one-year, master's-level postgraduate training that constitutes the first year of ESRC 1+3 postgraduate PhD studentships awarded through the ESRC Northwest Doctoral Training College for full-time, part-time and CASE students.

Teaching and learning

Course units are taught using a combination of lecture-seminars, workshops, problem-based learning exercises, worked examples, self-paced online training, student presentations and independent supervised study.

You are required to attend weekly research seminars given by visiting speakers throughout the year, as well as research and career management skills courses, a variety of which are provided by the University's careers service. This training will equip you with both academic and transferable skills, including oral and written communication, time management and information management skills.

You will also have the opportunity to attend a teaching assistant/demonstrators course and language courses provided by the University's Language Centre.

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Coursework and assessment

Assessment is by examination, continuous assessment in the form of essays, practical reports and exercises, and a dissertation.

Course unit details

Full-time MRes students take six taught course units. Full-time PGDip students take the same six course units, but no dissertation.

Typical taught compulsory course units include:

  • Research skills and a research dissertation
  • Advance Statistics Workshops (eg path analysis, meta-analysis)
  • Using Advanced Statistics in Psychology (eg linear and non-linear regression)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (eg Grounded theory, discourse analysis)
  • Practical Issues in Psychological Research (eg working with children, RCTs)
  • Advanced General Methods in Psychology (eg experience sampling, eye-tracking).

You will work collaboratively with your supervisor(s) to produce a high quality dissertation using qualitative, quantitative or mixed research methods. Dissertation work is supported by taught sessions including topics such as literature searching, designing a programme of research and critical thinking skills.

Career opportunities

Our course is designed primarily for students wishing to pursue research careers in psychology. It is also likely to be attractive if you wish to extend your training, with an emphasis on research methods, and if you work in social or health services, or in marketing and cognate disciplines.

Past careers and destinations of our MRes students have included:

  • PhD student
  • Graduate Market Researcher
  • Psychology Assistant
  • Independent Mental Health Advocate
  • Research Assistant
  • NHS Financial Management Graduate Scheme
  • Clinical Psychology Doctorate
  • Technical Analyst at NICE
  • Project Manager in Medical Electronics
  • Graduate Researcher.

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




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