This MSc equips students with the advanced training in research methods that will prepare them for careers involving psychological research. Training is provided in all relevant skills, including literature review, hypotheses development, research proposals, the design of empirical studies, advanced statistical analyses, and the presentation of results.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2017/18)
- £9,840 (FT) £4,645 (PT)
- £23,710 (FT) £11,800 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
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.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
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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.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of 10 core modules (120 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits).
- Computer Programming
- Group Project
- Keys Skills Portfolio
- Principles of Cognition
- Qualitative Data Analysis
- Special Research Methods Options
- Clinical Psychology
- Cognitive Neuroscience
- Cognitive Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
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.
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.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
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
- Assistant Psychologist, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Psychological Wellbeing Practice Trainee, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
- Analyst, Department for Education
- Project Co-Ordinator, University of Cambridge
- Healthcare Assistant, Ellern Mede Ridgeway
By the end of this training, students will have acquired a wide range of practical research skills and knowledge of a range of general historical, theoretical, and philosophical issues underlying the discipline of psychology.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
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.
Department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences
Student / staff numbers › 185 staff including 129 postdocs › 635 taught students › 477 research students
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences
83% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
What our students and staff say
"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 SpiersResearch Methods in Psychology MSc.
Lecturer in Psychology
"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 work within a community of researchers who are world leaders in the use of these methods."
Dr Jenni RoddResearch Methods in Psychology MSc; Speech, Language and Cognition MRes; PhD Programme, Cognitive Perceptual and Brain Sciences Research Department
Senior Lecturer in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language
Application and next steps
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.
- All applicants
- 28 July 2017
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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.