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Research Methods in Psychology (MSc)

Course Description

This long-standing course is designed to provide training in fundamental analytical and methodological skills which are essential for all psychologists, with access to optional modules on research approaches in a variety of specific fields.

Teaching and supervision by active researchers mean that students have the opportunity to learn about, and be involved in, the latest research developments. The course prepares you for academic, clinical, educational or health psychology careers, or careers in which analytic techniques are of relevance. The flexibility and research focus of this course make it an excellent choice for those who wish to progress to a PhD.

See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/psychology-pg/msc-research-methods-in-psychology.aspx

Modules include:

• Research Methods and Transferable Skills in Psychology
• Methods in Cognition
• Methods in Developmental Psychology
• Methods in Neuroscience
• Applying Qualitative Methods in Psychological Research
• Data Analysis

What career can you have?

Our MSc courses are research intensive, providing essential training in analytical ability, methods awareness and critical thinking, among other fundamental transferable skills. Our courses have a long-standing reputation for preparing students to undertake PhD research and further postgraduate clinical training. Our students move on to PhD positions, applied and clinical psychology posts in the NHS and private sector, as well as non-psychology positions in industry.


Complement your postgraduate study of Psychology through a number of NHS partnered clinics, professional training centres and research placements in neuroscience, developmental psychopathology and clinical research.

The Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics provides access to state-of-the art technology and expertise in cognitive and computational neuroscience, alongside facilities for experimental and observational research, including a number of specialist laboratories (e.g. virtual reality, ageing, infant vision, infant language, auditory perception, body kinematics, psychophysiology, TMS, EEG).

We provide excellence in research training for both specialist and transferable skills. You will benefit from the many collaborative ventures of staff and from their involvement with major psychological societies, international conferences, journals and funding bodies.

We monitor your progress carefully and coursework is used as an opportunity for feedback and personal development.

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

Entry Requirements

As our popular courses are consistently oversubscribed we advise early applications (prior to May each year) since we cannot accept applicants once the courses are full. Entrants are normally required to have obtained an Honours degree in Psychology or a related discipline (for example, Cognitive Neuroscience). Your degree should have included biological psychology as required by the British Psychological Society. Applicants should have gained, or expect to gain, a class mark of 2:1 or better (i.e. 60% international equivalent, e.g. US GPA of 3.0).

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