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MSc Psychological Research Methods


Course Description

The central objective of this programme is to equip you with an array of methodological skills to function as an effective PhD student or as a professional researcher in psychology, with a particular emphasis on cognitive, clinical and clinical neuroscience research (http://psychology.exeter.ac.uk/research/centres/ccnr/). You will acquire the skills necessary to generate good research questions, establish plausible theoretical answers, and carry out high-quality empirical research in order to test your hypotheses. At the end of your training you will have completed a research project that makes a contribution to the discipline and you will have the necessary skills and confidence to be able to operate independently in the future.

The MSc can be applied for as a stand-alone degree or form the first year of a PhD. It forms part of the Economic and Social Research Council South West Doctoral Training Centre - a hub of world-class social science research(http://www.exeter.ac.uk/doctoralcollege/fundedcentres/swdtc/).

This programme consists of compulsory taught modules and a substantial research project. It will acquaint you with a wide range of data analysis techniques and research methods in the areas of clinical neuroscience, clinical and cognitive psychology, while enabling you to develop particular specialist skills and knowledge in selected areas.

You will be able to get involved with one or more of the research groups( http://psychology.exeter.ac.uk/research/) in the School depending on your research interests.

Programme structure

The programme is made up of five compulsory modules. The list of modules may include the following; Advanced Statistics; Behavioural Science Research Skills; Research Apprenticeship; Current Research Issues in Psychological Research Methods; Methods in Cognitive and Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience
The modules listed here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Research Apprenticeship

A distinctive feature of all our taught Masters programmes is the Research Apprenticeship. The Apprenticeship enables you to develop your research skills by working alongside experienced researchers or practitioners. You will also gain experience of writing up your research in the form of a dissertation.

Many students undertake their apprenticeship with researchers in the School, but apprenticeship opportunities may also be available outside the University. Current research partners of the group include Microsoft, IBM, Rentokil, the Ministry of Defence, the NHS, the Met Office, the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and Lane4 consultancy. Previous apprenticeships include: National Health Service, Jockey Club, UK and the Mood Disorders Centre, University of Exeter (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/mooddisorders/)

Careers

On completion of your postgraduate degree you will have the scientific skills to enable progression into research or professional psychology, the communication skills required for marketing and business roles and the knowledge of people for progression into personnel or caring professions.

Visit the MSc Psychological Research Methods page on the University of Exeter website for more details!

Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

Funding for Postgraduate Study - 20+ Awards

We offer a range of postgraduate scholarships and studentships for talented students. For 2016 entry, the total value of scholarships for taught postgraduate programmes exceeds £500,000. This is in addition to over 100 PhD studentships we make available each year.Students who reside in England and are interested in our Masters programmes can now take advantage of the UK government's postgraduate loan scheme which offers loans of up to £10,000.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Varies

Eligibility

Varies, but most awards are competitive and merit-based.

Application Procedure

Please see the details of each scheme as listed in our search: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/search

Further Information

http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/money/funding



Entry Requirements

Normally a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in Psychology or a related discipline. Please see website for full information.

Course Fees

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