This master's degree in Research Methods in Psychology aims to provide an opportunity to research and learn about a wide range of topics in psychology; from basic learning and cognition, to neuropsychology, and to applied topics in clinical and educational psychology.
This MSc in Research Methods in Psychology provides students with high-level training in advanced research methods and skills, and offers exciting opportunities to conduct basic and applied research projects in a wide range of areas.
Students learn to use a range of research tools, such as databases, statistical software, and computer programmes.
By the end of this training, students will have acquired a wide range of practical research skills to apply in any context where human behaviour is important. They will have gained practical knowledge of the nature and limitations of the scientific method and the main alternatives, and knowledge of the general historical, theoretical, and philosophical issues underlying psychological and behavioural science.
Key Features of the Research Methods in Psychology MSc
One of four Psychology departments to achieve a 100% 4* rating (maximum score possible) for the reach and significance of its work in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. Based on this measure Psychology at Swansea was ranked 14th (out of 82) in the UK.
Top third ranking for UK Psychology Departments (2016 Complete University Guide) Joint 12th UK ranking for Psychology (Graduate prospects)
Teaching and Employability:
High-level training in advanced research methods and skills Exciting opportunities to conduct basic and applied research projects in a wide range of areas. Unique mix of small-group teaching in seminars, workshops, and practical sessions, as well as a diverse range of assessment methods and access to staff and other one-to-one teaching support from demonstrators for technical subjects. International student mentor to all international/overseas fee-paying Psychology students Opportunity to gain funding for Ph.D. places, and to gain access to professional training courses in Clinical Psychology and Educational Psychology
Who should apply?
This course is suitable for:
Anybody with an interest in developing a career in research, either in psychology, or social and health sciences, or those wishing to apply research skills in the private sector. Students who wish to pursue further professional training in professional and applied areas of psychology have found the research training provided very helpful in developing this aspect of their skills portfolio.
Modules on the Research Methods in Psychology MSc typically include:
Generic Research Skills Computing Skills Empirical Projects Philosophy of Psychology Special Research Skills Statistical Methods Qualitative Methods Dissertation (MSc Research Methods)
“I studied International Management in Brighton for my first degree, but my ultimate goal is to complete a PhD in Psychology. I chose the MSc Research Methods in Psychology at Swansea because it will provide me with the essential knowledge required to meet this goal – specifically the ability to comprehend empirical research and a fundamental understanding of statistical analysis.
My course consists of seven taught modules followed by a dissertation, and I was lucky enough to receive one of the University’s Masters Bursaries to help with my fees. The most noticeable differences between undergraduate and postgraduate study have been the flexibility and the smaller class sizes. The latter has made it much easier to organise social events and has meant that we have all got to know each other really well.
I spent a lot of time researching universities and my shortlist included Oxford, St Andrews and QMU, but it was my visit to Swansea’s Open Day that confirmed my decision. I met with the course co-ordinator and found out more about the structure of the course and the expertise of staff within the department, and it was these which eventually influenced my final decision. My advice for anyone considering postgraduate study is to take the time to visit those universities you are considering. Arrange to meet academic staff and possible supervisors - within a few minutes you’ll get a feel for whether their teaching style compliments your individual learning style.
The entry requirements for the Research Methods in Psychology MSc is a minimum of a lower second-class degree (2.2) in Psychology, or a related discipline. For those lacking this qualification, substantial evidence of research in their careers to date is needed. Where English is not the student's first language, students are required to have a minimum of IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in all domains, or a University approved equivalent, prior to starting the programme. For applicants to the Research Methods in Psychology programme, evidence of a commitment to a subsequent career in a research setting is required.
Recipient: Swansea University
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