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Research Methods in Psychology - MSc


Course Description

This MSc equips students with the advanced training in research methods that will prepare them for careers involving psychological research. Training is provided in all relevant skills, including literature review, hypotheses development, research proposals, the design of empirical studies, advanced statistical analyses, and the presentation of results.

Degree information

Students acquire a wide range of practical research skills. They gain knowledge of the nature and limitations of the scientific method and the main alternatives. In addition they develop knowledge of a range of general historical, theoretical, and philosophical issues underlying the discipline of psychology.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of 10 core modules (120 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules
-Computer Programming
-Group Project
-Keys Skills Portfolio
-Principles of Cognition
-Qualitative Data Analysis
-Special Research Methods Options
-Clinical Psychology
-Cognitive Neuroscience
-Cognitive Psychology
-Developmental Psychology

Dissertation/report
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–12,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars and small-group lectures and practicals. Assessment is through reports of empirical projects carried out individually and in groups, essays, examination, computing project, literature review, web page, PowerPoint presentation, and poster presentation. The main group project is assessed through a 6,000–10,000 word report.

Careers

The programme aims to equip students with the advanced training in research methods that will prepare them for a career involving psychological research with humans and non-humans.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Assistant Psychologist, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
-Psychological Wellbeing Practice Trainee, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
-Analyst, Department for Education
-Project Co-Ordinator, University of Cambridge
-Healthcare Assistant, Ellern Mede Ridgeway

Employability
By the end of this training, students will have acquired a wide range of practical research skills and knowledge of a range of general historical, theoretical, and philosophical issues underlying the discipline of psychology.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Division of Psychology & Language Sciences undertakes world-leading research and teaching in mind, behaviour, and language.

Our work attracts staff and students from around the world. Together they create an outstanding and vibrant environment, taking advantage of cutting-edge resources such as a behavioural neuroscience laboratory, a centre for brain imaging, and extensive laboratories for research in speech and language, perception, and cognition.

Opportunities for graduate students to work with world-renowned researchers exist in all areas of investigation, from basic processes to applied research. The division offers a supportive environment including numerous specialist seminars, workshops, and guest lectures.

Visit the Research Methods in Psychology - MSc page on the University College London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in Psychology or Neuroscience from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Additional relevant experience or qualifications are taken into account.

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