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Research Methods and Psychology MSc

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  • Objectives
    The overall aim of the study programme is to provide you with a sound understanding of the application of research methods and substantial skills in the analysis of research data. The programme provides in-depth training on the conduct of research from inception to completion. All aspects of the design, implementation and management of a project will be covered. Students must complete a generic core (CORE I) in research design, methods of data collection and data analysis with SPSS for Windows together with a designate specialised core (CORE II) comprising contemporary issues in psychological research, rationale and philosophical foundation of social research, and research design and statistics 2. In addition students complete two elective modules from a comprehensive range of options, featuring a range of disciplines and advanced methodologies before commencing their MSc dissertation.
  • Academic Title
    Research Methods and Psychology MSc
  • Course description
    This MSc has been designed to provide training in research methods, whether in preparation for MPhil/PhD studies in psychology, for academic research work, or for applications in allied professions such as education, health, or research in or for organisations.

    The Programme includes a generic core training as well as courses in areas of specialisation, providing an understanding and appreciation of both qualitative and quantitative research methods within psychology and across a range of disciplines. As such, the Programme conforms with ESRC's model of a fully rounded training for research, distinguishing core training from specialised training appropriate to particular disciplines.

    You will acquire technical competence in the use of 'leading edge' technology, a good appreciation and understanding in the methodology underlying empirical work in the behavioural and social sciences, and of policy relevant research. A substantial part of the programme is devoted to providing practical, ‘hands-on’ experience of the methodologies and techniques covered.


    The programme is fully credited and credits can be accumulated over a maximum of six years (part-time study, including your dissertation time).

    All full-time students as well as part-time year students in their second year attend a dissertation residential in Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park at the end of the Spring Term to consider and discuss the feasibility of your proposed dissertation with staff and peers. There is a real commitment to effective staff/student relationships.


    Students must obtain a total of 160 credits by completing eight taught modules. The dissertation adds another 80 credit points to your total of 240 credit points which is required for the award of a Masters degree.

    Modules: MSc Research Methods and Psychology

    Core Modules (compulsory)
    SGM203    Research Design, Methods and Methodology       
    SGM204    Methods of Data Collection                    
    SGM205    Data analysis using SPSS
    SGM206    Rationale and Philosophical Foundations of Social Research    
    PSM511    Contemporary Issues in Psychological Research
    PSM403    Research Design and Statistics 2

    Elective Modules (choose one from the list)
    SGM209    Advanced Data Analysis                   
    SGM210    Psychometrics and Attitude Measurement           
    SGM211    Statistical Modelling                       
    SGM227    Longitudinal Studies: design and analysis           
    SGM216    Social Policy Research and Evaluation           
    SGM202    Textual Analysis                       
    SGM208    Survey Research Methods                        
    SGM207    Qualitative Research Methods               
    ECM208    Epidemiology*
    ECM202    Advanced Economic Evaluation in Health Care*

    *ECM202 and ECM208 are provided as part of the MSc in the Economic Evaluation of Health Care, which is administered by the Department of Economics.

    Non-assessed units (no credits)
    SGM215    Focus Group Interviewing     Not running in 2006-07           
    SGM216    NVivo                                

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