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MSc Research Methods in Psychology


Course Description

The University of Essex is one of the UK's leading academic institutions, ranked ninth nationally for research excellence following the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008).

Our Department of Psychology offers a stimulating and vibrant environment that allows both our academic staff, as well as our students, to successfully shape the future of our ever-growing research-intensive department. Our research activity is diverse and broad-based, with a variety of interests that fall into three major research groupings: cognitive psychology, sensory and cognitive neuroscience, and social psychology.

If you intend to pursue a career as a research psychologist, or wish to take a research degree, then our MSc Research Methods in Psychology will give you advanced research training. It is an excellent preparation for a PhD and greatly enhance your chances of obtaining funding for your PhD.

The aims of our MSc Research Methods in Psychology are threefold: firstly, to provide an opportunity for advanced study in psychology that will extend your theoretical knowledge; secondly, to develop your critical awareness of psychological science in relation to its philosophical and biological contexts, and in relation to research in the natural and social sciences; and, finally, to provide you with knowledge and skills that prepare you for an academic career, as well as a wide range of alternative careers, and ensures you are widely sought by employers.

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

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Rachel Grenfell-Essam

“I decided to study within the Department of Psychology at Essex after attending an open day. I felt at home and was impressed by the excellent teaching and research ratings. I have always been interested in psychology and my interest continued to grow throughout my undergraduate and postgraduate study. This made the decision to continue with my PhD at Essex easy.

I really enjoy the freedom I have in my PhD. I particularly enjoy designing my own experiments, running them and analysing the results in my own work space. I also have an extremely supportive supervisor which is great. The Department is fantastic, any problems are dealt with quickly and the staff are always friendly and helpful. I also enjoy helping out as a teaching assistant in several classes and lectures.

I really like the compact layout of the campus, everything you need is within five minutes walk from the offices to the library and the SU bar. There is also a great atmosphere and student vibe here; I have always felt safe when walking through campus at any time of day or night.

My best memory so far was when I was told my first paper was accepted into a journal, it was such an achievement. Once I have completed my PhD I would love to become a lecturer. Essex is one of the leading universities for research, so completing a research degree here will stand me in very good stead when I start applying for jobs."


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Entry Requirements

2.1 or above in psychology or a relevant discipline; IELTS 7.0.

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