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MA/MSc by Research


Course Description

The Department of Psychology provides a world-class research environment for postgraduate students in Biological, Cognitive, Social or Developmental Psychology along with more applied aspects such as Educational Psychology, Forensic/Criminological Psychology, Neuroscience (including Neurorehabilitation) and Health Psychology. Much of our research is interdisciplinary both within the department and outside of the department.

When you apply to study for a degree by research you will be asked to submit an outline research proposal. It is strongly advised that you approach a potential supervisor before completing this, in order to ensure that they are willing and able to supervise your studies, and that your proposed research is a suitable fit with their research interests. Research students normally have both a primary and additional research supervisor, or two primary co-supervisors, as their supervisory team. We offer a high level of support to our research postgraduates and students are expected to meet with their supervisors at least once per fortnight, and the regularity of meetings is monitored by the Director of Research Students as well as your progression tutor (a departmental academic who is not a supervisor).

For students we offer the following:

Access to a postgraduate bursary fund (up to £350/year for full-time students not in receipt of external funding) for training, research or conference expenses.
Opportunities to undertake paid teaching work in the department.
Provision of workspace in the department, with dedicated desk and computer.
Access to a psychology postgraduate common room.

The Postgraduate Team

Director of Postgraduate Studies - Dr Markus Hausmann ()

Postgraduate Co-ordinator - Mrs Norma Twomey ()
Postgraduate Support Secretary - Mrs Julia Warbrick ()

Director of Postgraduate Research - Professor Charles Heywood
Course Director (MSc Cognitive Neuroscience) - Dr Cristiana Cavina-Pratesi
Course Director (MSc Developmental Psychopathology, MA Research Methods) - Dr Deborah Riby
Course Director (MSc Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience) Dr Cristiana Cavina-Pratesi & Dr Deborah Riby

For more information please contact us.

How to apply

When you apply to study for a degree by research you will be asked to submit an outline research proposal. It is strongly advised that you approach a potential supervisor before completing this, in order to ensure that they are willing and able to supervise your studies, and that your proposed research is a suitable fit with their research interests. Please describe your proposed research. If possible you should include the questions or hypotheses to be addressed, the background to the proposed study, the methods to be used and a brief timetable covering the field of study. The research proposal should be no longer than one side of A4, excluding references.

Visit the MA/MSc by Research page on the Durham University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To be admitted to do a research degree you must show that you have appropriate training to work independently (with academic guidance from your supervisor) at this level. This will normally involve both an appropriate undergraduate degree at upper second or first class level and a Masters degree in Psychology or relevant other subject. The department will also need to be satisfied that your proposed research is viable and that we are able to provide appropriate supervision and resources.

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