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Research Methods in Psychology MSc

Swansea University College of Human and Health Sciences

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

About the course

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.

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Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the MSc in Research Methods in Psychology is a minimum of a lower second-class degree (2.2) in Psychology, or a related discipline. Where English is not the student's first language, students are required to have a minimum of IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in all domains, or a University approved equivalent. Please visit our website for more information on entry requirements for the Research Methods in Psychology course.


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Student Profile(s)

Michael Scott Evans

“I studied International Management in Brighton for my first degree, but my ultimate goal is to complete a PhD in Psychology. I chose the MSc Research Methods in Psychology at Swansea because it will provide me with the essential knowledge required to meet this goal – specifically the ability to comprehend empirical research and a fundamental understanding of statistical analysis.

My course consists of seven taught modules followed by a dissertation, and I was lucky enough to receive one of the University’s Masters Bursaries to help with my fees. The most noticeable differences between undergraduate and postgraduate study have been the flexibility and the smaller class sizes. The latter has made it much easier to organise social events and has meant that we have all got to know each other really well.

I spent a lot of time researching universities and my shortlist included Oxford, St Andrews and QMU, but it was my visit to Swansea’s Open Day that confirmed my decision. I met with the course co-ordinator and found out more about the structure of the course and the expertise of staff within the department, and it was these which eventually influenced my final decision. My advice for anyone considering postgraduate study is to take the time to visit those universities you are considering. Arrange to meet academic staff and possible supervisors - within a few minutes you’ll get a feel for whether their teaching style compliments your individual learning style.

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