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Research Methods in Psychology MSc

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  • Objectives
    You will be introduced to fundamental methodological principles of research, learn how to write a convincing research proposal and how to effectively organise a research project. Emphasis in training will be given to the following: primary research skills necessary to conduct a new study and generate scientific evidence based on data analysis secondary research skills necessary to critically appraise scientific evidence already published communicative and writing skills to effectively present and disseminate research findings
  • Entry requirements
    This degree is ideal for those wishing to improve their research skills to a professional level to support applications for a Ph.D. or for a clinical or educational professional training programme. It develops expertise in planning, conducting and critically appraising research, and offers a Research Apprenticeship with a senior researcher as part of the course.
  • Academic Title
    Research Methods in Psychology MSc
  • Course description
    The course has been designed as a foundation year for a PhD within the new funding policy of the ESRC. It offers a set of transferable skills for a variety of research settings involving:

    -presentation of information,
    -evaluation of data,
    -communication of results,
    -effective use of information technology
    -and also teaching skills


    This course can be used as the basis for professional training in research, and gives you transferable skills that are of great value in pursuing a career as a researcher. It is also ideal for those who would like to complete a professional doctorate in psychology.

    Teaching methods

    Teaching includes lectures, seminars, practical’s, workshops and individual supervision. Assessment is based on course work, examinations, essays, oral presentations, a literature review and the research dissertation.

    This degree comprises eight taught modules plus a research dissertation (four modules). The degree has a set of mandatory elements but is flexible enough to allow individual tailoring to particular interests or career aspirations.

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