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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Psychology

  • Start Date

    See Course

  • Course Duration

    1 year full time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    31 October 2016

Course content

This Masters in Research Methods of Psychological Science will provide you with both theoretical instruction and practical experience in the methods appropriate for scientific research in psychology.

Why this programme

-With a 95% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2015, the School of Psychology continues to meet student expectations combining both teaching excellence and a supportive learning environment.
-This MSc complies with requirements for the PhD research training programme of the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) and can either be the first year of a ‘1+3’ funding package or qualify you for future ‘+3’ funding.
-The University of Glasgow’s School of Psychology is consistently ranked amongst the top 10 in the UK and top 5 in Scotland, recently achieving 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2015).
-You will benefit from innovative assessment, including portfolio of professional skills, peer review and writing up a research project in the format of a journal article.
-You will benefit from access to the resources of the University’s Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging (CCNi), including a 3 Tesla fMRI scanner, MEG system, two TMS labs, and several EEG labs, including fMRI compatible systems. Dedicated motion capture suites record precise 3D body movements and facial animation sequences. Eye movements can be followed remotely using our SR Research EyeLink systems.
-The programme has excellent career prospects and a very good track record of previous graduates.

Programme structure

Modes of delivery of the MSc in Research Methods of Psychological Science include lectures, seminars and tutorials and lab work.

Core courses
-Introduction to Matlab programming
-Professional skills
-Research methods in cognitive science
-Statistics and research design
-Advanced qualitative methods
-Designing a research project
-Research project

Optional courses (one chosen)
-Cognitive brain imaging methods
-Computational neuroscience
-Formal models and quantitative methods*
-Psychology of language*
-Sleep and circadian timing*
-Visual perception and cognition*

*Each of these options will only run if the minimum number of students (>3) enrol.

You will also attend Scottish universities’ psychology postgraduate meetings, research seminars and journal clubs.

Research excellence

Research across the subject of Psychology attempts to advance our understanding of behaviour and the underlying mental processes and brain functions at multiple levels of analysis. This effort entails the integration of diverse approaches and paradigms from experimental psychology, cognitive science and the cognitive neurosciences.

We are committed to producing basic and applied research of the highest quality with a focus on three main areas:
-An interdisciplinary effort to advance the understanding of the complex relationship between the brain, cognition and behaviour. This brings together researchers with an interest in cognitive neuroscience, functional neuroimaging, neuropsychology and computational modelling. The Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience (CCNi) aims to develop new methods for understanding brain mechanisms, and to train interdisciplinary scientists in the use of those methods and techniques.
-The new science of social interactions, a science that blends behavioural, computational and neuroimaging techniques to investigate human social function, communication and cooperation. Our research examines a range of mechanisms that underlie social interaction: from gestures and expressive signals, from the face, voice and body to language-based communication. We have special interest in how such local interactions affect the dynamics and structure of larger scale social networks.
-Further research areas include sleep, language, visual perception, computational methods, memory, thought and social interaction.

Career prospects

As this programme complies with ESRC requirements, successful graduates from the programme are eligible for +3 ESRC PhD studentships. The majority of our graduates have obtained PhD funding or secured a research or teaching position. Others have opted for further professional training in specialised fields of psychology. Some graduates have used the qualification and skills to advance in their current employment.

Graduates of this programme have gone on to positions such as: Assistant Psychologist at NHS and PhD studentships at Glasgow University or other HEIs in UK or abroad.

Visit the Research Methods of Psychological Science - MSc page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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