Structure and content
The course comprises modules designed to provide training in the fundamentals of research methods. Our styles of teaching research skills range from explicit hands-on demonstrations of tools, to discussion of different approaches to research.
The modules include: Autism; Psychological Research Methods I and II; Advanced Statistics; Qualitative Research methods; Key Skills for Psychology Researchers; Research Placement.
Alternative modules from the other taught MSc courses can also be taken for credit or audit with the agreement of the Course Coordinator.
Approximately half of your time is devoted to a research project, leading to a substantial dissertation.
Delivery and assessment
Delivery is by seminars, lectures, a research placement in a relevant context, and research supervision. Master’s students have their own dedicated suite and are integrated into the research culture of the division.
- Autism: A series of interactive seminars, with both staff from the Division of Psychology and guest lecturers from Autism professionals.
- Psychological Research Methods I and II: Covers a wide range of techniques used in psychological research and demonstrates these techniques in relation to topics in a range of areas.
- Advanced Statistics: Assumes a reasonable knowledge of statistics, although an additional introductory module is available. The main statistics teaching is aimed at introducing advanced methods such as multivariate statistics and the rationale of using statistical methods.
- Key Skills for Psychology Researchers: Focuses on the research process, including ethical reviews, professional conduct and disseminating research effectively to specialist and non specialist audiences.
- Qualitative Research Methods: Provides a broad but solid grounding in qualitative research methodology.
- Research Placement: This month-long placement is carried out in January/February, allowing students to broaden their practical research experience. The placement may be external to Psychology and can be in a non-academic environment.