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MSc in Research Methods in Psychology

Course Description

The Research Methods in Psychology MSc offers advanced and broad-based training in the major methods and statistical techniques in use in psychology, together with a wide range of optional modules to allow you to tailor your studies to your own interests.

*This course will be taught at the Canterbury campus*

Key benefits

- Our taught Master’s (MSc) programmes have been recognised by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as meeting the nationally recognised criteria for preparation training for PhD research.

- The programmes we offer help you to develop general critical, analytic and problem-solving skills that can be applied in a wide range of settings.

Visit the website: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/73/research-methods-in-psychology

Course detail

Gain a thorough understanding of psychology at a theoretical and practical level, from basic learning and cognition to prejudice and persuasion. The programme covers four core elements: advanced statistics and methodology, current issues in theory and research, advanced research in psychology and your dissertation.


Develop critical, analytic and problem-solving skills that can be applied in a wide range of settings. The flexibility of the programme makes it ideal for graduates wishing to become professionals and specialists in a number of fields in psychology research.

Format and assesment

The programme consists of 2 compulsory modules and 4 optional modules.

Core modules include: Statistics and Methodology, and Advanced Research Project in Psychology.

Options modules include:

• Advanced Cognitive (Neuroscience) Methods in Practice
• Advanced Developmental Social Psychology
• Advanced Topics in Cognition in Action
• Advanced Topics in Cognitive Development
• Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychopathology
• Advanced Topics in Group Processes
• Advanced Topics in Intergroup Relations
• Current Issues in Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology
• Current Issues in Social and Applied Psychology I: Theory
• Current Issues in Social and Applied Psychology II :Applications
• Developmental Psychology in Professional Practice
• The Psychology of Eyewitness Testimony

Assessment is mainly by coursework assignment (4-6,000-word essays), examination (for the Advanced Statistics and Methodology module only), plus the dissertation.


Our postgraduate students commonly go into the fields of health, teaching or further education. For instance, many of our graduates take up roles as assistant psychologists in the NHS with a view to becoming a professional clinical or forensic psychologist. Upon completing our Master’s courses, graduates have also pursued doctoral study and academic careers at higher education institutions.

How to apply: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

Why study at The University of Kent?

- Shortlisted for University of the Year 2015
- Kent has been ranked fifth out of 120 UK universities in a mock Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) exercise modelled by Times Higher Education (THE).
- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Kent was ranked 17th* for research output and research intensity, in the Times Higher Education, outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities
- Over 96% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2014 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.
Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why/

Postgraduate scholarships and funding

We have a scholarship fund of over £9 million to support our taught and research students with their tuition fees and living costs. Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/

English language learning

If you need to improve your English before and during your postgraduate studies, Kent offers a range of modules and programmes in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Find out more here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international/english.html

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

Student Profiles

Research Scholarships 2017 - No. of awards TBC

Psychology at Kent offers a supportive, dynamic and diverse environment for creative research and learning. We conduct both basic and applied research in several areas, and we are highly regarded as a leading European centre for postgraduate research. We have a long-established international reputation in social psychology, and this is complemented by our strengths in cognitive, developmental and forensic psychology. The School of Psychology is currently inviting applications for a number of research scholarships to commence in September 2017. Some scholarships will take the form of School of Psychology/Vice Chancellor's Research Scholarships administered under the Graduate Teaching Assistant Scheme. We will also be bidding for ESRC-funded studentships as part of the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). The research interests of our staff can be found in the online prospectus.SeNSS ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership Funding
SeNSS is one of only 14 UK ESRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnerships and will be offering a number of full-funded ESRC doctoral studentship to start in September 2017. This scheme is also open to 1+3 (MSc+PhD) applicants. To find out more about eligibility and the SeNSS, click here.Anne Frank Trust/ESRC 1+3 Studentship with the School of Psychology at the University of Kent
Testing social psychological theory to build inclusive social attitudes and reduce prejudice amongst children and adolescents
Applications are invited for an Anne Frank Trust/ESRC 1+3 Studentship in the School of Psychology at the University of Kent, under the supervision of: Professor Dominic Abrams, Dr Lindsey Cameron and Shona Gibbons (Anne Frank Trust) starting in September 2017. Applicants for this studentship will be considered under the umbrella of the School of Psychology's Research Scholarships 2017 competition. For more information, please go to: https://www.kent.ac.uk/psychology/pg/annefranktrust-esrc%20studentship2017.html.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Combined tuition fee and maintenance grant


Eligibility information for 1+3 (MSc+PhD) ESRC-funded students as part for the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is available at the following link: https://www.kent.ac.uk/psychology/pg/research-scholarships2017.html

Application Procedure

Deadline for applications in 5pm (UK time) on 30th January. Please see the following link for further details: https://www.kent.ac.uk/psychology/pg/research-scholarships2017.html.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A final degree classification (grade average) of at least a 2.1 or Merit in the UK system (the second highest classification after First/Distinction). Results from institutions in other countries will be assessed individually according to this standard.Your existing degree does not have to be in psychology as long as the statistics training requirement is met. If it is in a different subject, or if it is not accredited by the British Psychological Society, please ask your academic referee to complete the pro-forma for Research Methods in Psychology (View Website) and email it to . English Language requirements: View Website

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