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Psychological Research Methods


Course Description

This recognised research training course provides students with knowledge of, and experience in, a wide range of research methods used in psychological research. In addition, it provides students with training in practical skills involved in conducting research, and in reporting research effectively both orally and in written forms of communication.

The course consists of small classes combined with an emphasis on individual tuition, a focus on ‘hands-on’ experience backed by appropriate theoretical knowledge, an availability of a wide range of options in areas of psychology in which the Department excels and makes use of excellent equipment and specialist research facilities.

It is especially suited to applicants who are considering doing a PhD, or wish to develop their research skills in preparation for further professional training (eg Clinical, Forensic, Educational, Health, Occupational Psychology), or who require additional training in psychological research methods to apply to their work environment.

Modules
Compulsory modules:
Conducting and Presenting Psychological Research
Analysing and Interpreting Data (two modules)
Research Dissertation

Optional modules (choose from topics in the following areas, which vary year-to-year and are aligned with our expertise):
• Analysing Talk and Text
• Developmental Disorders
• Developmental Psychology
• Literature Review
• Mental Health and Decision Making
• Psychological Aspects of Advertising
• Social Psychology

Visit the Psychological Research Methods page on the Lancaster University website for more details!

Videos
(Student Profile)

Ruairi Condon

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the course.

It is taught by very friendly teaching staff, who are leading academics, and I was able to choose an optional module in an area that interested me as well as sitting in on some others which I also grabbed my curiosity and students could also attend weekly seminars by guest researchers.

I learned a wide variety of research methods including a superb advanced statistics module which was made very understandable through project work.

Other practical aspects such as seminar discussions by students on course relevant topics and practising particular analytical techniques on actual data in class is very beneficial way of learning. T

he course has demystified many aspects of the research process for me and given me much more confidence to go do my own research and I'm now equipped with a range of tools that I can draw on to address many types of research questions, leaving me feeling more flexible, critical and competent as a researcher.

(Student Profile)

Suzanne Day

Living in Cumbria, ninety miles away, I opted to study the MSc part time, whilst working 16 hours a week.

From my first queries about the course I found the Postgraduate Coordinators to be friendly and keen to discuss any questions or concerns I had about the level of commitment that was required for the course. I found the work load reasonable whilst working 16 hours a week, but I would not advise anyone to attempt to work many more hours than that whilst studying. If I was not able to attend a lecture or meeting with my dissertation tutor due an issue like the weather or travel, staff were flexible and understanding.

In sum, I found my part-time studying experience within the Psychology Department at Lancaster University supportive, achievable and most importantly, enjoyable.

(Student Profile)

Luke McEllin

Having completed my undergraduate degree and looking to start a career in research, completing an MSc in Psychological Research Methods seemed like a natural first step. I decided to undertake this course with the Lancaster University Psychology department for various reasons, such as the institutions reputation, the department’s facilities and how the Research Methods course was structured.

It’s safe to say that I wasn’t disappointed, and my experience at Lancaster University was enjoyable and satisfying. From the start, members of the department were welcoming and supportive, something that was constant throughout my MSc. I found that classes were interactive and stimulating, something that I believe is of great importance to any course. I also found every module to be unique and have something different to offer, with the department even finding a way to make the statistics classes lively and interesting! For me, the highlight of the course was completing my Dissertation. The module was tailored to my needs; with my supervisor and other members of the department offering valuable advice and guidance, as well as allowing me to make my own decisions about the project.

I found the course as a whole to be very rewarding; equipping me with the skills to carry out Psychological research, as well as giving me the choice to pursue my own interests. I really enjoyed my time at Lancaster, and feel that the MSc in Psychological Research Methods has a lot to offer those who would like to start a career in Psychological Research.

(Student Profile)

Debbie Wood

2498.gif In 2006 whilst doing my A-Level Psychology I came to Lancaster University to access a journal article from the library. I remember distinctly being overawed by the facilities, especially the library, and thinking that I would love to be a full time student there. Little did I know...
By 2012 I had completed my BSc Psychology with the Open University and hoped to secure a place on a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. However, as anyone who has tried will know, there is a lot of competition for relatively few places! Despite a good first degree I soon concluded that I needed an MSc. Lancaster University's MSc in Psychological Research Methods seemed to have exactly the content needed to improve my profile as a scientist practitioner and furthermore Lancaster itself is a lovely city and very accessible by road and rail from my home in Cumbria.
Having now completed the course I can say that I was thoroughly impressed with the content, lecturing and support I received and that I really enjoyed my time as a student at Lancaster University. My research was well supported and has opened up opportunities for continued work in a clinically relevant area and hopefully for future publication. I now feel much more confident in my abilities as a researcher and furthermore this year I have secured my first interview for the Clinical Doctorate - which I sincerely hope will see me back at Lancaster next year.
Beyond the course, the campus has everything you need and is easy to navigate, it has a friendly atmosphere and great facilities. As a (very) mature student I was a little worried about integrating - but fears were unfounded and I made some good friends on the course. Did I mention that it has a wonderful library? Oh yes, at the start - well it's even better now! Do your postgraduate study at Lancaster University - it's fab!


(Scholarship)

MSc Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The Department is delighted to offer a limited number of prestigious scholarships of up to £3,000 to students taking Masters courses in the Psychology Department in 2016. All eligible applicants who have received an offer from us by 31 March 2016 will be considered for these and successful candidates will be informed as soon as possible after that date. Any remaining scholarships may be allocated at a later date, up to 31 July 2016.

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to £3000.00

Eligibility

The Department is delighted to offer a limited number of prestigious scholarships of up to £3,000 to students taking Masters courses in the Psychology Department in 2016

Application Procedure

The first round will be assessed after 31 March and there may be additional scholarships available until the end of July. All eligible students who have received an offer from us by 31 March 2016 will be considered for this first round, and successful candidates will be informed as soon as possible after that date.

Further Information

http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/psychology/postgraduate/taught-masters/scholarships/


(Scholarship)

Alumni Loyalty Scholarship - 20+ Awards

Lancaster University will offer a reduction in tuition fees to all taught Master’s programmes for eligible applicants, determined by the level of undergraduate award achieved. The value of the scholarship is as follows:
20% fee reduction for 1st Class Hons degree holders
10% fee reduction for 2:1 Hons degree holdersWho is eligible?To be eligible for the Alumni Loyalty Scholarship you must either:
Hold an undergraduate degree from Lancaster University (achieved at any time) or
Hold an undergraduate degree from Lancaster University, achieved at any time, including one delivered through an associated institution, or
Have graduated from one of our partner institutions with a Lancaster University degree (LU Ghana; Sunway University Malaysia; Goenka Institution India; or COMSATS Pakistan) or
Have studied at Lancaster University via our Study Abroad programmeThe Scholarship is open to all our Alumni, regardless of their nationality or year of graduation. You do not need to apply for this scholarship, you will qualify automatically if you meet the eligibility criteria and the course entry requirements

Value of Scholarship(s)

Minimum of £739.00 for Full Time UK/EU (as an example)

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Alumni Loyalty Scholarship you must either:
Hold an undergraduate degree from Lancaster University (achieved at any time) or
Hold an undergraduate degree from Lancaster University, achieved at any time, including one delivered through an associated institution, or
Have graduated from one of our partner institutions with a Lancaster University degree (LU Ghana; Sunway University Malaysia; Goenka Institution India; or COMSATS Pakistan) or
Have studied at Lancaster University via our Study Abroad programmeThe Scholarship is open to all our Alumni, regardless of their nationality or year of graduation.

Application Procedure

You do not need to apply for this scholarship, you will qualify automatically if you meet the eligibility criteria and the course entry requirements

Further Information

http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/postgraduate-fees-and-funding/postgraduate-scholarships-&-bursaries/



Entry Requirements

An upper second class honours degree in Psychology, or its equivalent, including research design and statistical methods.

Course Fees

£8,000 per year (UK/EU), £18,900 per year (Overseas)


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