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Research Methods in Psychology MSc

Course Description

Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Research Methods in Psychology at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

This master's degree in Research Methods in Psychology aims to provide an opportunity to research and learn about a wide range of topics in psychology; from basic learning and cognition, to neuropsychology, and to applied topics in clinical and educational psychology.

Key Features of Research Methods in Psychology


- One of four Psychology departments to achieve a 100% 4* rating (maximum score possible) for the reach and significance of its work in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. Based on this measure Psychology at Swansea was ranked 14th (out of 82) in the UK
- Top third ranking for UK Psychology Departments (2016 Complete University Guide)
- Joint 12th UK ranking for Psychology (Graduate prospects)

Teaching and Employability:

- High-level training in advanced research methods and skills
- Exciting opportunities to conduct basic and applied research projects in a wide range of areas.
- Unique mix of small-group teaching in seminars, workshops, and practical sessions, as well as a diverse range of assessment methods and access to staff and other one-to-one teaching support from demonstrators for technical subjects.
- International student mentor to all international/overseas fee-paying Psychology students
- Opportunity to gain funding for Ph.D. places, and to gain access to professional training courses in Clinical Psychology and Educational Psychology

This MSc in Research Methods in Psychology provides students with high-level training in advanced research methods and skills, and offers exciting opportunities to conduct basic and applied research projects in a wide range of areas.

Research Methods in Psychology students learn to use a range of research tools, such as databases, statistical software, and computer programmes.

By the end of this training, students on the Research Methods in Psychology course will have acquired a wide range of practical research skills to apply in any context where human behaviour is important. They will have gained practical knowledge of the nature and limitations of the scientific method and the main alternatives, and knowledge of the general historical, theoretical, and philosophical issues underlying psychological and behavioural science.


Modules on the Research Methods in Psychology MSc typically include:

Generic Research Skills
Computing Skills
Empirical Projects
Philosophy of Psychology
Special Research Skills
Statistical Methods
Qualitative Methods
Dissertation (MSc Research Methods)

Research Methods in Psychology Course Structure

The full-time Research Methods in Psychology course, which will last one year, will normally involve attending the University for two full days a week (Monday and Tuesday). The part-time course, which lasts two years, will normally involve attending the University one full day a week.

Who should apply?

The Research Methods in Psychology course is suitable for:

- Anybody with an interest in developing a career in research, either in psychology, or social and health sciences, or those wishing to apply research skills in the private sector.
- Students who wish to pursue further professional training in professional and applied areas of psychology have found the research training provided very helpful in developing this aspect of their skills portfolio.

Staff Expertise

Many of the College of Human and Health Sciences team are leaders in their specialist fields of research. They undertake novel and original research in a variety of areas, including clinical and health psychology, brain injury, sleep, cognition, neuroscience and developmental psychology.

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience.

In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.

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

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(Student Profile)

Michael Scott Evans

441.jpg “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.


100 Swansea University Master's Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Swansea University is offering 100 Master’s Scholarships, each worth £3000 towards tuition fees for UK/EU students starting eligible master’s courses in September 2017.Eligible courses include:All LLM programmes (including LLM by Research)All MA programmes (including MA by Research)All MRes programmesAll MSc programmes (including MSc by Research)Please note that MPhil, GDL/CPE and LPC programmes are not eligible for the Swansea University Master’s Scholarship scheme.

Value of Scholarship(s)



You must have, or expect to achieve, a minimum 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent).You must hold an offer to study on an eligible master’s course at Swansea University from September 2017. Programmes commencing in January, April and July 2017 are not eligible.

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more details on how to apply.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the Research Methods in Psychology MSc 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. For applicants to the Research Methods in Psychology programme, evidence of a commitment to a subsequent career in a research setting is required. Please visit our website for further information on entry requirements for the Research Methods in Psychology course.

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