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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date

    October, January

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc, Research Only

  • Course Fees

    For current fees for the MSc by Research in Psychology please visit our website

  • Last Updated

    15 October 2018

Develop skills that are essential to a career in academia or further postgraduate or professional study with the MSc by Research in Psychology. Blending independent research with expert academic supervision, you can explore human behaviour, help make sense of how we understand the world, what makes us laugh and cry, why we are conscious and why we make the choices we do. Offering flexibility through a wholly research based mode of study; our MSc by Research in Psychology course is perfect for those looking to balance work, life and study commitments.

Key Features of MSc by Research in Psychology

  • An environment in which you can develop and enhance transferable skills such as problem solving, independent thinking, project management, and critical thinking.
  • The support of two academic supervisors throughout your psychology studies.
  • The availability of structured training, interdisciplinary seminars, dedicated research facilities and software from both the College and University.
  • Support from a dynamic community of research staff and students each pursuing their own lines of research in psychology.

Upon choosing a research area in which to conduct your independent research project in Psychology, you will be supervised throughout by an academic expert in that field of Psychology. Our areas of expertise include clinical and health psychology, cognition and perception, forensic psychology and brain and behaviour. Using innovative thinking, critical analysis of current research trends and issues in Psychology, as well as advanced qualitative and quantitative research methods, you will develop the necessary skills to challenge previously held opinions and apply objective solutions within your chosen research area in Psychology.

Psychology Research Programme Structure

The MSc by Research in Psychology typically has a one year in duration (full-time) or two years (part-time).


A thesis of no more than 40,000 words is submitted, which demonstrates original research that contributes significantly to the subject area in Psychology. This is then followed by an oral examination of the thesis (viva).


The College of Human and Health Sciences has state-of-the-art facilities including:

  • Simulated clinical practice facilities and bioscience practice rooms, for realistic workplace experiences.
  • Specialised psychology laboratories hosting a sleep laboratory; computer controlled visual and auditory displays for work on perception, attention, memory and language; an eye movement laboratory; fMRI brain scanner; EEG facilities and a nutrition laboratory.

We also have access to many different facilities and further equipment at organisations that we work closely with, such as the NHS.

Other resources include:

  • Service Users and Carers Group which can help in providing essential advice or improving engagement between your research project and the user community.
  • Structured training programmes, interdisciplinary seminars from worldwide speakers, dedicated research/study facilities and specialist analytical software.

As well as being immersed in the vibrant research community of the College and its research groups, you will also be able to access wider support and advice through the research networks staff are involved in, such as:

Wales Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience

WICN is a multi-centre initiative which draws together psychology research from across the breadth of Wales to create a world leader in the study and application of cognitive and clinical neuroscience.

Older Person and Ageing Network Cymru (OPAN)

OPAN Cymru aims to improve the lives of older people through the integration of research, policy and practice across Wales.

Welsh Health Economic Support Service (WHESS)

WHESS provides health economic support at the early conceptual stages of proposal planning, in research funding applications, in research practice and in the dissemination of information.

First class facilities for Psychology

The Department of Psychology has state-of-the-art research facilities, including:

  • A high density EEG suite
  • A social observation laboratory with multi-camera, multi-monitor equipment
  • A sleep lab with five sound proof cubicles in an isolated chamber
  • Eye-tracking, psychophysiological, tDCS and conditioning laboratories
  • A lifespan and baby room
  • Over 20 all-purpose research rooms.

In addition, with strong links with the Institute of Life Science Imaging Centre, our Psychology researchers and students have access to state-of-the-art fMRI facilities.

We also have excellent links with the Neurosciences Directorate at Morriston Hospital, which provides direct access to individuals who have suffered brain injury and the corresponding facilities. 


Delivering high quality research is a key step in enhancing the health, social and economic well-being of all sections of society. It is essential that decisions on policy and practice are informed by the latest research findings and evidence available if we hope to improve organisational effectiveness and sustainability, social welfare and cohesion, and quality of life.

Through our cutting edge research, the College of Human and Health Sciences is bringing about real-life benefits for the health care, social care, voluntary and private sectors, ultimately leading to improvements for patients, users, practitioners, managers and policy makers.

As a forerunner in the field, the College is well-placed to respond rapidly to changes in the delivery of care, whilst also establishing links with the main service providers in Wales, such as the NHS and Local Authorities.

Our research is delivered through discipline focused research centres and we have secured funding from a number of prestigious collaborators and funding bodies in recent years such as: the BIAL Foundation; Autism Speaks; Ministry of Defence; British Heart Foundation, the NHS and the National Institute for Social Care and Health Research. These collaborations have been crucial in ensuring research informs, and is informed by, the wider healthcare environment. These collaborations have been crucial in ensuring research informs, and is informed by, the wider healthcare environment.

Visit the Psychology MSc by Research page on the Swansea University website for more details!




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