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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Psychology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    12 months full-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    glasgow.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/psychologicalscienceresearchmethodsof/#

  • Last Updated

    16 January 2018

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

  • 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.
  • Psychology at the University of Glasgow is consistently ranked amongst the top 10 in the UK recently achieving 4th in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2017).
  • 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

  • The research cycle
  • Introduction to Matlab programming
  • Professional skills
  • Research methods in cognitive science
  • Statistics and research design
  • Qualitative methods 

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.

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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