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Miss Hannah Spikesley

Email: h.spikesley@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 8798

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (FT)

ESRC 1+3 studentships are available for this programme. You must specify on your application if you wish to be considered for this award. The current MPhil/PhD application deadline is 31 January.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Key facts

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Interdisciplinary: not an assessed unit
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Research Methods in Psychology MSc

This MSc equips students with the advanced training in research methods that will prepare them for a career involving psychological research. Training is provided in all relevant skills, including reviewing literature, developing hypotheses, writing research proposals, designing and carrying out empirical studies, conducting advanced statistical analyses, and presenting results.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students acquire a wide range of practical research skills. They gain knowledge of the nature and limitations of the scientific method and the main alternatives. In addition they develop knowledge of a range of general historical, theoretical, and philosophical issues underlying the discipline of psychology, including the philosophy of science.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The Division of Psychology & Language Sciences undertakes world-leading research and teaching in mind, behaviour, and language.

Our work attracts staff and students from around the world. Together they create an outstanding and vibrant environment, taking advantage of cutting-edge resources such as a behavioural neuroscience laboratory, a centre for brain imaging, and extensive laboratories for research in speech and language, perception, and cognition.

Opportunities for graduate students to work with world-renowned researchers exist in all areas of investigation, from basic processes to applied research. The division offers a supportive environment including numerous specialist seminars, workshops, and guest lectures.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), three optional modules (30 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Philosophical Issues
  • Statistics
  • Computer Programming
  • Qualitative Analysis
  • Keys Skills Portfolio
  • Group Project

Options

  • Behavioural Neuroscience
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars and small-group lectures and practicals. Assessment is through reports of empirical projects carried out individually and in groups, essays, examination, computing project, literature review, web page, PowerPoint presentation, and poster presentation. The main group project is assessed through a 6,000–10,000 word report.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Additional relevant experience or qualifications are taken into account.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. We will continue to consider applications up to the closing date, but only while there are still places remaining on the programme. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for students with a background in Psychology or related subject who wish to gain the skills necessary for a research career in this field. The programme has ESRC accreditation, which means that it can form the first year of an ESRC 1+3 studentship.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Research Methods in Psychology at graduate level
  • why you want to study Research Methods in Psychology at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this rigorous programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Career

The programme aims to equip students with the advanced training in research methods that will prepare them for a career involving psychological research with humans and nonhumans.

First destinations of recent graduates include:

  • Hackney NHS: Psychologist
  • South London and Maudsley NHS Trust: Research Assistant
  • University of Exeter: PhD Psychology
  • Tavistock Clinic: Assistant Psychologist
  • UCL: PhD Psychology
  • St Vincent Hospital: Research Psychologist
  • Institute of Psychiatry: Research Worker
  • SW London & St George's Mental Health NHS Trust: Assistant Psychologist

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


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