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Why study MSc Psychological Research at Edinburgh?

  • We consistently rank as one of the top 30 universities in the world for psychology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020 and Complete University Guide).
  • Our research environment is 100% conducive to world-leading research and 81.5% of our research is rated as outstanding in its reach and significance (REF 2014)
  • This highly flexible programme provides comprehensive training across a range of psychology sub-disciplines
  • You will have the opportunity to specialise in prominent research areas of our department including; social psychology, cognitive neuropsychology, individual differences or language psychology

Psychology at Edinburgh brings together world-class researchers approaching the scientific study of mind and behaviour through a range of topics - from language development to dementia, personality to paranormal beliefs.

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About the programme

The MSc Psychological Research provides you with comprehensive training and grounding in research methods and analysis across the broad field of psychology. Staff from across the department will be involved in teaching on the programme in 2020, enabling you to choose from a range of specialist courses and research topics.

You will develop professional, critical and analytical skills. You will also learn how to formulate research problems, and appreciate diverse approaches to research, including qualitative methods.

The dissertation is the capstone component of the programme and involves conducting original empirical research in a chosen area of psychology, and in close collaboration with a supervisor.

Sometimes dissertations are subsequently published as journal articles. This year you can undertake your dissertation in any one of the following research areas:

  • Human Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • Psychology of Language
  • Individual Differences
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology

Career opportunities

Graduate opportunities include work in research in psychology and related areas, including PhD training and academic careers, as well as assistant psychologist posts and advanced professional training in psychology (for example, Clinical Psychology or Educational Psychology). Some of our graduates have also gone into teaching and consulting work.

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Apply until 14 August to join us in September 2020


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