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Master of Psychology: Theory and Research


Course Description

The new research masters programme 'Master of Psychology: Theory and Research' aims at guiding students to become independent researchers in psychological science through the realization of two objectives:

- a thorough training in statistics and research methodology
- the in-depth study of the basic disciplines of psychology, supplemented with a specialization perception, cognition and language, emotion, cross-cultural psychology, neuroscience, learning psychology, or in quantitative psychology.

In addition to individual and group-based coursework, students become immersed in ongoing multidisciplinary research at the faculty.

Objectives

The program of the Research master "Master of Psychology: Theory and Research" aims to guide students to become independent researchers in psychological science through the realization of two objectives: (a) a thorough training in statistics and research methodology, and (b) the in-depth study of the basic disciplines of psychology, supplemented with a specialization in perception, cognition and language, emotion, cross-cultural psychology, neuroscience, learning psychology, or in quantitative psychology. Students become acquainted with recent multidisciplinary research at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences (KU Leuven). Throughout the master's thesis and internship, students gain thorough hands-on expertise in performing empirical research in psychology.

https://ppw.kuleuven.be/home/english/future-students/master-of-psychology-theory-and-research


General objectives

1. Students will acquire advanced knowledge of the basic domains of psychological research. They will understand how research results are established, from the conception of research questions to the dissemination of results.

2. Students will become proficient to gather relevant information from the research literature, critically evaluate information, and actively use this information to generate novel research and theory. They will learn how to deal with questions about psychological functioning in an independent and scientific way. This will involve analyzing concrete problems, asking critical questions, designing and implementing appropriate methodologies and interventions, and developing well-reasoned arguments about their social views.

3. Students will be prepared to independently develop their skills in psychology as a science and as an evidence-based practice.

General learning outcomes

1. Students can gain insight in theory and research in the basic domains of psychology and their chosen areas of specialization.

2. Students can critically examine scientific developments in psychology and argue their scientific views and decisions. They can apply this knowledge the analysis of specific psychological problems.

3. Students know and understand the methodology of behavioral science research, both in terms of general principles and data analysis, its potential and limitations. They can apply this knowledge both in the processing of their own research data and in the critical reading of that of others.

4. Students acquire a general scientific attitude, effective communication and reporting skills, personal maturity and sensitivity to ethical and moral issues associated with psychology and the scientific profession.

Online application instructions for Bachelor or Master Students; Postgraduate students; International Scholars or Specialisation Students: http://www.kuleuven.be/application/instructions.html

CAREER PATHS

The primary purpose of the Master of Psychology: Theory and Research is to prepare students to pursue a PhD project. Many of our graduates go on to pursue academic careers at top universities. The programme also provides a solid background for international careers in a variety of other settings, which may include:

- scientific research and policy functions in research institutes
- somatic and mental health treatment institutions
- centres for educational research and counselling
- insurance providers
- government agencies
- pharmaceutical, food, and medical technology industries.

Entry Requirements

A background in statistics and quantitative research methods and affinity with psychological research are strongly recommended.

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