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    14 June 2019

Gain expert training in advanced psychology research methods and carry out basic and applied research projects in a wide range of areas with this Master’s degree in Research Methods in Psychology course.

As a student on the Research Methods in Psychology course, you will learn to use a range of research tools, such as databases, statistical software, and computer programmes and develop extensive practical research skills to apply in any context where human behaviour is important. 

You will develop a keen understanding of the nature and limitations of the scientific method and the main alternatives, alongside a knowledge of the historical, theoretical, and philosophical issues underlying psychological and behavioural science.

Why Research Methods in Psychology at Swansea?

Our Psychology Department has an outstanding reputation both in the UK and internationally. According to the Research Excellence Framework 2014, we are one of only four psychology departments in the UK to achieve a 100% 4* rating (maximum score possible) for the reach and significance of our work.

We are also ranked 5th in the UK for Graduate Prospects by The Times and Sunday Times University League Tables 2018.

Our state-of-the-art research facilities include a high density eletroencephalography (EEG) suite, a fully fitted sleep laboratory, a social observation suite, eye-tracking, psychophysiological, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), and conditioning labs, a lifespan lab and baby room, plus more than 20 all-purpose research rooms.

Your Research Methods in Psychology experience

Our wide range of optional modules on the Research Methods in Psychology course means that you can tailor your studies to your particular interests and goals for further study.

Based in our College of Human and Health Sciences, you will benefit from a diverse teaching and research environment, with many opportunities to make connections across disciplines.

Many of our academic staff are leaders in their specialist fields of research, including clinical and health psychology, brain injury, sleep, cognition, neuroscience and developmental psychology.

You will be joining a university that is ranked first in the UK for postgraduate student satisfaction (What Uni 2017).

Research Methods in Psychology careers

A Master’s degree in Research Methods in Psychology opens up career opportunities in in research in various fields not only in psychology but also in a range of social and health sciences. It also provides a solid academic foundation for further study and training in professional and applied areas of psychology.

Research Methods in Psychology modules

You will study a combination of compulsory and optional modules covering key aspects of qualitative and quantitative research, statistical methods, the philosophy of psychology, applied behaviour analysis, and forensic psychology.

Modules on the Research Methods in Psychology course may include:

  • Computing Skills
  • Philosophy of Psychology
  • Statistical Methods
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Empirical Projects
  • Generic Research Skills - Research Methods in Psychology
  • Applied Behaviour Analysis
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • Critical Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Structure and Function of the Brain
  • Employability & Placement
  • Introduction to Python for Psychology
  • Dissertation (MSc Research Methods in Psychology)

How you're taught on the Research Methods in Psychology course

Teaching is delivered through a unique mix of small group seminars, workshops, lectures and practical classes. You will have regular support from the team and one-to-one teaching support from demonstrators for technical subjects.

We assess learning through written coursework and reports of empirical projects carried out individually and in groups. 

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






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