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Research Methods in Psychology MSc


Course Description

This programme will provide you with a theoretical and practical grounding in psychological research techniques, preparing you to go on to a PhD programme in experimental psychology or related disciplines. It can also lead to other fields where you may apply your psychological knowledge and research skills, such as industry or education.

The core of this programme comprises a set of units that teach you the practicalities of carrying out research. The aim is to provide training in a broad range of techniques, through taught content, research seminars and practical research experience.

In the autumn term, the unit Apprenticeship in Psychological Research places you in an established research group or laboratory, where you will work on an ongoing research project, attend meetings, collect data, and assist with day-to-day activities in the lab. In the spring term, you have the option to complete an intensive unit in the latest brain imaging techniques, or choose from several other units drawn from our Master's programmes. The summer term is entirely devoted to an independent research project under the supervision of one of our leading academics, culminating in your dissertation. The programme also covers a broader set of transferable skills such as oral presentations, writing and analysis.

Programme structure

Teaching block one
Core units:
-Psychological Statistics and Research Tools
-Generic Research Skills
-Apprenticeship in Psychological Research

Teaching block two
Core units:
-Neuropsychological Analysis Tools
Two optional units from:
-Communicating Science
-Theory and Practice in Neuropsychological Research
-Selected units drawn from other Masters programmes

Summer
-Dissertation

Careers

This programme will provide you with a strong theoretical and practical grounding in psychological research techniques, preparing you for a PhD programme in experimental psychology or a related discipline. Alternatively, completing this programme can lead to using your psychological knowledge and research skills in other fields, such as industry or education.

Visit the Research Methods in Psychology MSc page on the University of Bristol website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An upper second-class honours degree in psychology (or international equivalent). Previous professional experience or qualifications can also be put forward for consideration as equivalent to the academic entry requirements given above. These will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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