About the course
This degree is ideal for all those wishing to become professional researchers in psychology working either in an academic or professional institution.
On this course, you will be introduced to a wide range of experimental tools used in research, and will learn how to plan, conduct and critically appraise research to a professional standard. As part of the course, you will also have the opportunity to work on a research apprenticeship with a senior researcher and develop your own independent research project.
In addition to these skills, you will be given professional training on how to disseminate your work to a non-academic audience through presentation skills, speaking with the media, and managing your profile. The course aims to develop practical skills that are essential to becoming a researcher, including how to write a peer-review of a journal article and how to prepare for a viva (oral) examination.
You can also tailor your qualification to suit your needs. Firstly, you can choose between having a focus on advanced quantitative or qualitative analysis depending on the type of research you would like to specialise in. You can then choose to specialise in your own area of psychology from a selection of optional content modules in different areas of psychology.
The course offers a set of transferable skills for a variety of research settings involving:
- Appropriate information presentation,
- Evaluation and analysis of data,
- A range of methods of communication results,
- Effective use of information technology
- Teaching skills
See the website http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/research-methods-in-psychology
Why choose this course?
This course offers:
- Teaching in advanced research and data analysis
- Exposure to a wide range of research tools in psychology
- Professional training on how to speak with the media and disseminate your work to a non-academic audience
- Development of practical skills, including how to write a peer-review of an academic publication, how to give a good presentation, and how to record a video abstract
- An opportunity to prepare for a viva (oral) examination (as required for a PhD).
- An opportunity to work on a research apprenticeship with a senior researcher in the department and to develop your own independent research project
- The ability to tailor your degree to suit your needs by choosing to specialise in quantitative or qualitative analysis, or a mixture of both, and by selecting optional modules in different areas of psychology
This course can be used as the basis for professional training in research, and gives you transferable skills that are of great value in pursuing a career as a researcher. It is also ideal for those who would like to complete a professional doctorate in psychology. However, students on this course can have a wide range of careers in research, both in an academic or professional institution.
Previously, our students have gone on to study PhDs in a variety of different areas of psychology, and some have also used this qualification to work in health organisations and charities.
The teaching of this course is delivered mainly through lectures and seminars but it is also accompanied by one-to-one supervision from professional staff members. As well as exams and coursework, this course is assessed by a range of practical assessments, including a peer review of a journal article, an oral presentation, and an examination viva.
The course comprises eight taught modules with a research project. It has a set of mandatory elements but offers you the flexibility to tailor your studies to your own particular interests or career aspirations.
Find out how to apply here http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/research-methods-in-psychology#how-to-apply
Find information on Scholarships here http://www.herts.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-funding/scholarships/postgraduate
Minimum of a 2.2 in an honours degree, however applicants will typically be expected to have produced work at a 2:1 level from an appropriate subject - Psychology or Cognitive Science or acceptable equivalent(s). An IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent will be required if English is not the first language. If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.
UK/EU Students: Full time £6,100, Part time £510 per module; International Students: Full time £12,000