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MRes Psychology


Course Description

The aim of this programme is to provide students with an in-depth theoretical understanding, factual knowledge base and practical experience of key research paradigms, quantitative and qualitative research designs and statistical techniques used in Psychology, and more broadly, in the Social Sciences. The course equips students with the advanced theoretical knowledge, quantitative and qualitative methodological expertise, critical thinking and communication skills that are required to pursue further study and careers in higher education, the NHS, media, marketing, non-profit organizations, and industry.

The course includes eight course units and a dissertation project and it covers essential topics in quantitative research, data management, statistical modeling, programming (i.e. R and Matlab), qualitative research (i.e. focus groups, interview techniques, conversation analysis), quantitative and qualitative experimental design and research with typical and atypical populations (e.g. children and adults with cognitive and or language impairment, deaf adults and children), ethical issues and ethics applications, academic writing and scientific writing for non-academic audiences.

Course Units

Using Advanced Statistics in Psychology
Research Skills
Advanced General Methods in Pyschology
Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology
Advanced Statistics Workshops
Practical Issues in Pyshcological Research
Dissertation

Teaching methods include seminars, small-group lectures, and computer-based classes. Classes are scheduled on two days of the week only and students are expected to complete a significant amount of independent study. The course includes a variety of assessments that combine quantitative and qualitative data and theory in the form of critical evaluation of research, project reports, statistical analyses and data interpretation, and oral presentations. All students undertake an independent research project in an area of relevance to clinical or non-clinical psychology under the supervision of a research active member of staff and will be required to write a dissertation of 10,000–12,000 words. Individualized feedback is provided for each piece of work and students have regular access to experienced research and teaching staff throughout the academic year. An academic advisor, allocated at the beginning of year, is responsible for the student’s academic and personal welfare.


This MRes provides one-year, masters-level postgraduate training which constitutes the first year of ESRC 1+3 postgraduate PhD studentships awarded through the ESRC Northwest Doctoral Training College. The course is offered on a full- time (1 year) or part-time basis (2 years).

Visit the MRes Psychology page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second or the overseas equivalent) in psychology, including a research methods component and a research project/dissertation. A degree in which psychology forms a major component may be acceptable. Each case will be judged on an individual basis. Personal statements and CVs will not be considered as part of the application process.International students: All international students must upload a scanned copy of their passport as part of the application process.

Course Fees

Fee information is provided on the program website


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