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MSc Psychological Research Methods (Bilingualism Research)

Already have an Honours degree in psychology, linguistics or a closely related subject? This Masters course provides solid research training if you’re thinking about pursuing a PhD in cognitive neuroscience.

Psychological Research Methods (Bilingualism Research)

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date October
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 24 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based, Stand-alone modules

This MSc Psychological Research Methods (Bilingualism Research) will provide you with a detailed theoretical background in bilingualism and bring you up to date with the latest research on the subject.

The MSc Bilingualism Research gives students a thorough understanding of personal and societal consequences of speaking more than one language throughout the
life span. For example, we will look at the consequences of learning two languages at the same time in early childhood, how languages are represented in the brain and kept separate during conversation, and how lifelong bilingualism can influence the onset of dementia.

The core module addresses theoretical and practical issues of the different domains of bilingualism in interactive seminars, which will bring students up to date with the latest in bilingualism research. You’ll gain the confidence to verbalise arguments for and against expert opinion and experimental findings, and you’ll design an experiment to address a relevant research question.

Your advanced research will be carried out in an area of bilingualism and advise on bilingualism matters, such as second language provision in schools.

You’ll be based in a dedicated MSc office, or within an appropriate research group, and allocated a peer mentor. An academic supervisor in psychology will support and guides your development, including the research dissertation project. We’re here to encourage you to make the transition to becoming a fully independent research scientist.

  • Top reasons to study with us
  • Course objectives

    The course teaches the theoretical understanding, together with the practical and interpersonal skills required for carrying out research. Our aim is to encourage you to make the complex transition to becoming a fully independent research scientist.

  • Work placements

    You’ll carry out a research placement in a relevant context.

  • Flexible learning

    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.

  • Faculty facilities

    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).

  • Research
    • 100% of our Psychology research impact is rated as world-leading (REF2014)

    We have one of the leading psychology departments in the UK, which is 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 community of research excellence.

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