MSc Psychological Research Methods
Our course provides broad training in the fundamentals of psychological science – the modern approach to studying mind and behaviour.
- Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
- Start date September 2021, September 2022
- Duration MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 24 months
- Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based, Stand-alone modules
Our Psychological Research Methods course combines training in psychological theory with practical research skills development - a modern approach to studying mind and behaviour preparing you for a future career in psychology and psychology research. You’ll gain a thorough introduction to quantitative and qualitative research, the analysis and interpretation of data, and a critical, sceptical approach to psychological science.
The unique feature of this course is flexibility - you’re free to investigate a wide range of topics across the discipline while maintaining a high standard of training. This encourages an understanding of different methods and perspectives within the field of Psychology helping you make choices which will benefit your future career.
There are four degree pathways available:
- Child Development
- Cognition and Neuropsychology
- Evolutionary Psychology
- Perception and Action
Opportunities for practical hands-on skills development are built in, ranging from low-tech observational assessment to high-tech eye-tracking. You’ll carry out a work placement, typically in an external company, charity or third sector organisation. This provides you with a fantastic opportunity to develop relevant work-based employment skills, and to develop a network of contacts relevant to your future career goals. Students benefit hugely from this experience, combining skills and experience with personal and professional development.
You’ll be based in a dedicated MSc office, or within an appropriate research group, and allocated a peer mentor. You’ll also have an academic supervisor in Psychology who supports and guides your development, including your research dissertation project.
Top reasons to study with us
The course will develop your theoretical understanding, and give you the practical and interpersonal skills required for carrying out research. Our aim is to encourage you to make the complex transition to become a fully independent research scientist.
You’ll carry out a work placement, typically in an external company, charity or third sector organisation. This provides a fantastic opportunity for you to develop relevant work-based employment skills, and to develop a network of contacts relevant to future career goals. Students benefit hugely from this experience, combining skills and experience with personal and professional development.
There is no provision or expectation of study abroad. However, some students choose to conduct their placement abroad.
Students will be able to study for this course remotely if necessary.
If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.
The Psychology department has outstanding laboratory space fitted with high-quality equipment. It has excellent computing infrastructure, and both research and teaching activities are supported by in-house technical staff with computing, programming, electronic and audio-video expertise.
We’ve invested heavily in research infrastructure, including our own pre-school playgroup, which provides an outstanding facility for developmental research and teaching. Purpose-built laboratory space has also been created to support human electrophysiology research (EEG/ERPs), health research (including GSR and heart rate monitoring), face research (including eye-tracking) and vision research (including stereoscopic displays).
100% of our Psychology research impact is rated as world-leading (REF2014).
We have one of the leading psychology departments in the UK, which was ranked in the top 20 in the recent research assessment (REF 2014). It was one of only seven non-Russell group universities to do so, the others being Birkbeck, Royal Holloway, Sussex, Essex, St Andrews and Bangor. Source: Times Higher Education magazine.
Our quality of research publications ranked third in Scotland after Aberdeen and Glasgow. The relevance of our psychology research activity to society received the highest possible rating which only four other psychology departments in the UK achieved (REF 2014 results).
Our MSc students get involved in our lively and collegial community of research excellence.
What our students said
MSc Psychological Research Methods (Child Development)
Read Stacey's storyIt is the best decision I have made in furthering my career prospects and I wouldn't change it for the world!
MSc Psychological Research Methods (Psychology of Faces)
Read Anna's storyThe academic knowledge and research skills gained throughout the MSc have helped me tremendously to secure a fully funded PhD studentship and pursue a career as a psychology researcher.