MSc, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma
The MSc in Psychological Research Methods (Bilingual Research) course is for students who already have an honours degree in Psychology, linguistics or a closely related subject. The course provides solid research training for those students interested in pursuing a PhD in cognitive neuroscience at a later stage. Modules are at level 11 and are shared across existing Psychology MSc courses:
HPSP113 Analysis Methods in Psychological Research (40 credits)
PRMP131 Research Methods in Psychology 1 & 2 (20 credits)
PRMP134 Key Skills for Psychology Researchers (20 credits)
PRMP138 Research Placement (20 credits)
PRMP135 Dissertation (60 credits)
The specialist module, Current issues in Bilingualism (20 credits), will provide students with a thorough theoretical background in bilingualism and bring students up to date with the state of the art in bilingualism research and methods. Students will be able to undertake advanced research in an area of bilingualism and advice on bilingualism matters (e.g., second language provision in schools).
The primary aim of the course is to
Students are based in a dedicated MSc office, or within an appropriate research group, and allocated a peer mentor. Students have an academic supervisor in Psychology who supports and guides their development - including the research dissertation project. Our aim is to encourage students to make the complex transition to become a fully independent research scientist.
Studying for a degree means learning in different ways; managing your own time; conducting research; mastering new computer skills. We have the facilities and advice on hand to help you do all this - and do it well.
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A minimum of a second class honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in Psychology or a closely related subject (e.g., Linguistics).
If English is not your first language you must have the following qualification as evidence of your English language skills:
For more information go to http://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/
If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses.
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There are typically five £1,000 bursaries to contribute towards fees or maintenance costs for students beginning a taught MSc course. All students, including international students, formally accepted onto the MSc course are eligible to apply for these awards. Awards will be decided on both previous experience and academic record but preference will be given to applicants intending to stay at Stirling to pursue a PhD following the MSc course.
The course comprises modules designed to provide training in the fundamentals of research methods and how these apply to the study of bilingualism. Our styles of teaching research skills range from explicit hands-on demonstrations of tools, to discussion of different approaches to research.
The modules include:
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 thriving research culture of the Division.
Two semesters for Diploma, 12 months for MSc
Four semesters for the Diploma, 24 months for MSc
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.
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Psychology at Stirling is one of the leading psychology departments in the UK. It ranked in the top 20 in the recent research assessment (REF 2014) and is one of only seven non-Russell group universities to do so (Birkbeck, Royal Holloway, Sussex, Essex, St Andrews and Bangor; source Times Higher Education magazine). Its quality of research publications ranked third in Scotland after Aberdeen and Glasgow. Furthermore, the relevance of its research activity to society received the highest possible rating which only four other psychology departments in the UK achieved (REF 2014 results).
Psychology at Stirling University is small enough to fully involve MSc students in our lively and collegial community of research excellence.
Your three month full-time dissertation is supervised by leading UK academics.
The course would provide solid research training for those students interested in pursuing a PhD in cognitive neuroscience at a later stage.