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.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
- Overseas Full-time: £21,700
- Overseas Part-time: £10,800
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
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.
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).
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:
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.
Scholarships available for this department
For current students in their final year of a research programme in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences. This award is based on academic merit. Students must contact the Division of Psychology & Language Sciences for application information.
Awarded for academic merit
To reward academic merit.
Selection based solely on financial need.
For a prospective UK Master's student from under-represented background enrolling on a participating programme . Selection based solely on financial need.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Good
How to apply
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.
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
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 non-humans.
Top career destinations for this programme
- Imperial College London, Research Associate, 2011
- Hertfordshire NHS Foundation, Assistant Clinical Psychologist, 2011
- NHS, Assistant Psychologist, 2011
- Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Trainee Child Psychologist, 2011
- University of Hong Kong, Research Assistant, 2011
By the end of this training, students will have acquired a wide range of practical research skills. They will have gained a knowledge of the nature and limitations of the scientific method and the main alternatives. In addition they will have knowledge of a range of general historical, theoretical, and philosophical issues underlying the discipline of psychology, including the philosophy of science.
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