Become part of a vibrant research community as you study the key methods for face research and put your learning into practice during a placement.
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The University of Stirling has a long history of expertise in the diverse aspects of face research. This course will help you increase your understanding of psychological research methods and allow you to focus the majority of your efforts in face research.
Our internationally renowned team of experts studies almost all aspects of face perception, including:
Our research has led to EvoFIT, a unique system for constructing facial composites of offenders by witnesses and victims of crime, which has a suspect identification rate ten times higher than traditional methods used by police.
You’ll become part of this vibrant research community as you study the key research methods related to face research and will put your learning into practice during a month-long placement.
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 guide your development including the research dissertation project. We’re here to encourage you to make the transition to become a fully independent research scientist.
You’ll carry out a month-long placement.
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.
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).
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 community of research excellence.
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.