Covering the breadth of contemporary psychological research methods, allowing you to develop research approaches that combine multiple methods in unique ways.
Do you want to do research in psychology? Do you want the skills to be able to work across levels of explanation, from group behaviour to qualitative analysis of individual experiences and through to the underlying brain activity? The MSc Research Methods in Psychology at the University of Surrey
gives you a uniquely broad training because you cover the theory and get hands-on experience of conducting research in psychology from the level of social groups through to neuro-imaging of brain activity.
Visit the website http://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-methods-psychology
The programme is designed to provide you with expertise in psychological research methods appropriate for the behavioural sciences. You will develop the skills necessary for critically evaluating research, formulating innovative research questions, conducting empirical research, and analysing, interpreting and reporting research results. The programme also provides a potential stepping stone for research at PhD level.
The programme covers the breadth of contemporary psychological research methods, allowing you to develop research approaches that combine multiple methods in unique ways. By the end of the programme, you will have developed an individual profile of research skills.
• Quantitative Research Methods
• Qualitative Research Methods
• Preparation for Academic Research
• Aspects of Experimental Psychology
• Psychology Neuroscience: Electrophysiology
• Psychology Neuroscience: Psychophysics and fMRI
• Crafting Research: Linking Theories and Methods
You also choose one option from the following modules:
- Conducting Health Psychology Research
- Social Change and Influence
- Maintaining Health Throughout the Lifespan
- Key Questions in Envrionmental Psychology: People and Place
In addition to the seven compulsory modules and one option, you will also carry out an original piece of empirical research, within any area of psychology, for your dissertation. To give you an idea of the range of dissertation topics, recent titles are listed below:
- Can play facilitate creativity in a negotiation situation within the workplace?
- Does affective state and personality have differential effects on scientific and artistic creativity?
- Predicting homesickness in international students: a longitudinal study at a British university
- The acute effects of differing exercise intensity on cigarette cravings and withdrawal symptoms
- An exploration of the effects of being given a diagnosis of ADHD on adolescent self-esteem: an interpretative phenomenological analysis
- Gender differences in anger expression and eating behaviour
- A comparison of learning by observation and learning by action
- The British media’s portrayal of brain injuries amongst troops in Iraq and Afghanistan
- The perception and understanding of autism and inclusion in education
- Investigating the influence of sex roles, handiness, height and family studies on sexual orientation
- Cultural differences in the social representations of PMS
- Pathway(s) to pain: an fMRI investigation into the efficacy of an endogenous pain pathway
Recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for research training (http://www.esrc.ac.uk/
Psychology at Surrey
The School of Psychology at the University of Surrey
is one of the most active and highly regarded psychology departments in the country. The international, interdisciplinary, policy and applied strengths of the School mean that students’ theoretical and methodological research puts them at the cutting edge of the discipline. We are one of the highest ranked departments in the country for graduates entering employment and also one of the largest providers of postgraduate training in the UK.
Students who have completed the Psychology programmes have progressed to a range of careers in areas such as local government, management, research posts in universities and commercial organisations, healthcare and clinical psychology, and many have progressed on to study for a PhD.
Why study at Surrey?
Should you choose to study psychology at the University of Surrey
, you will be provided with a combination of opportunities that would be hard to match elsewhere. We offer you a degree that provides a thorough grounding in the theories, methods and practice of contemporary psychology.
Our programmes lay particular emphasis on the application of psychology to real-world problems, and also consider issues related to professional practice in preparation for your career as a professional psychologist. The basis of good postgraduate courses is the research activity of staff, the incorporation of current research programmes in teaching material and a reciprocal relationship between theory development and applied research in everyday contemporary issues.
The MSc Research Methods in Psychology programme is designed to provide you with expertise in psychological research methods appropriate for the behavioural sciences. We will provide you with the skills necessary for critically evaluating research, formulating innovative research questions, conducting empirical research, and analysing, interpreting and reporting research results. The programme also provides a potential stepping stone for research at PhD level.
The programme covers the breadth of contemporary psychological research methods, allowing you to develop research approaches that combine multiple methods in unique ways. By the end of the programme you will have developed an individual profile of research skills.
We believe in involving all postgraduate students in the research life of the School through active participation in one of the research groups, attendance at research seminars and, where possible, an attachment to ongoing research projects. As a student of the Department of Psychology, you will also have access to a number of conferences, seminars and workshops hosted throughout the year.
Find out how to apply here - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/postgraduate
A first or 2.1 honours degree in psychology from a UK university (or recognised equivalent overseas qualification). Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. For further details, please contact the programme director.English language requirements-IELTS minimum overall: 6.5-IELTS minimum by component: 6.0