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Research Methods in Psychology (MSc)

Course Description

Why this course?

This course is for those aiming to develop careers in educational or clinical psychology. It can also prepare you for further postgraduate study and enhance your applications for research assistant posts.

You’ll learn the skills and theory for conducting research. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and discuss research with postgraduate students in the School of Psychological Sciences and Health. You’ll also play a role in research with members of our academic staff.

You may also have the opportunity to be employed within the School of Psychological Sciences and Health as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/researchmethodsinpsychology/

You’ll study

This course is designed to maximise research potential. It should provide a thorough grounding in research methods for anyone wanting to get a research assistant post, apply for doctoral study or enter training for a scientist-practitioner oriented career such as clinical psychology.

As such, a significant proportion of time is devoted to allowing you to undertake a substantial research project, with one-to-one supervision, access to all the advanced research equipment and a focus on producing a thesis of sufficient quality that it is potentially publishable in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

You’ll complete five areas of training over two semesters.


Specialist research equipment is available for use by our postgraduate students, including:
- Motion capture via a suite of 6 infra-red cameras
- A driving simulator which can be programmed to display different scenarios and be used in conjunction with other equipment
- Several types of eye tracker available for use which have been previously used to examine topics such as word reading and bias in attention to alcohol related stimuli
- Two psychophysiology labs giving the ability to measure electrodermal activity, heart activity, electromyographic signals and EEG.
- Experiment generator package ‘E-Prime’. You're given full training enabling presentation and data recording for experimental studies
- A variety of questionnaires and ability measures and the Faculty provides open access to the online survey tool ‘Qualtrics’
- A common room solely for the use of Masters students which has computers with Microsoft Office and SPSS installed and a library of reference books

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Learning & teaching

Sessions usually take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and are a mixture of tutorials, lectures, demonstrations and hands-on practical sessions.


Each taught class has its own set of assessments and these range from essays and reports to design and implementation of a computer-based experiment, a press release and an oral presentation.


The course is primarily designed for graduates in psychology who wish to begin a career in research. It's ideally suited to someone who wishes to apply for a post as a research assistant or wishes to apply for doctoral study.

Previous students have been successful in receiving PhD funding from the University as well as externally funded studentships and places at other universities.

It also provides research training to those graduates who may wish to enter professional training for jobs which have a ‘scientist-practitioner’ underpinning such as clinical psychology.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

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

Entry Requirements

First or upper second-class degree in Psychology, or overseas equivalent. If English is not your first language, you'll need an IELTS score of 6.5, with no area scoring less than 6.0.

Course Fees

2015/16: Scotland/EU £4,200; Rest of UK £4,200; International £11,000

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