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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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
Overseas:
£22,350 (FT) £11,125 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015

Entry Requirements

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

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

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.

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

  • Principles of Cognition
  • Statistics
  • Computer Programming
  • Qualitative Analysis
  • Keys Skills Portfolio
  • Group Project
  • Either Qualitative Data Analysis or Designing and Analysing fMRI Experiments

Options

  • 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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Research Methods in Psychology MSc

Funding

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 relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Linguistics Departmental Award

Value:
£500 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

MRes Speech, Language and Cognition Awards

Value:
£500 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

Sully Scholarship

Value:
c. £2,200 but may be split between students.(1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website

Careers

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 degree

  • Research Associate, Imperial College London (2012)
  • Assistant Clinical Psychologist, Hertfordshire NHS Foundation (2012)
  • Assistant Psychologist, NHS (2012)
  • Trainee Child Psychologist, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital (2012)
  • Research Assistant, University of Hong Kong (2012)

Employability

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.

Why 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.

Student / staff ratios › 145 staff › 661 taught students › 457 research students

Department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

Degree reviews

Staff review

"The resources for psychological and neuroscience research at the university are among the best in Europe. UCL has many of the brightest, inspiring scientists in my research field."

Dr Hugo Spiers

Subject: I am the programme director for the Research Methods in Psychology MSc.
Staff review

"UCL provides access to the neuroimaging resources that are required for my research, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and we and work within a community of researchers who are world leaders in the use of these methods."

Dr Jenni Rodd

Subject: Research Methods in Psychology MSc; Speech, Language and Cognition MRes; PhD Programme, Cognitive Perceptual and Brain Sciences Research Department

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-07-31

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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