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Psychological Sciences MSc

This programme develops skills in advanced research methods and data analysis in psychology, and is suitable for students from a variety of backgrounds.

Key information

Information for applicants

This programme has recently been renamed and was previously titled "Research Methods in Psychology MSc".

Programme starts

September 2018

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Tuition fees (2018/19)

UK/EU:
£10,140 (FT) £TBC (PT)
Overseas:
£24,420 (FT) £TBC (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 16 October 2017
Close: 27 July 2018

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.

Accreditation:

The Psychological Sciences MSc is designed to confer Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). GBC is the form of professional accreditation that is required for many careers that you may pursue with a psychology degree, as well as for advanced professional training in psychology. This is a conversion course.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university of an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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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About this degree

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 seven core modules (120 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Computer Programming (15 credits)
  • Empirical Projects (15 credits)
  • Understanding Individuals and Groups (15 credits)
  • Social Psychology (15 credits)
  • Qualitative Data Analysis (15 credits)
  • Brain and Mind (30 credits)
  • Statistics (15 credits)

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

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 small-group lectures and practicals. Assessment is through reports of empirical projects carried out individually and in groups, essays, unseen examinations, a computing project, a literature review, web page and PowerPoint presentation. 

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Psychological Sciences 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.

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

Careers

Employability

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.

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.

Accreditation:

The Psychological Sciences MSc is designed to confer Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). GBC is the form of professional accreditation that is required for many careers that you may pursue with a psychology degree, as well as for advanced professional training in psychology. This is a conversion course.

Department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

Student / staff numbers › 181 staff including 173 postdocs › 780 taught students › 440 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.

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

Staff view

"London is a world-class city full of opportunities. This includes the brightest minds to collaborate on projects, amazing resources and people from all over the globe. My research focusses on how our brain allows us to remember the past, navigate the present and imagine the future. I hope to discover fundamental principles of how the brain works and that these insights will help with the treatments of diseases such as Alzheimer's dementia. I have many cross disciplinary projects, working with Civil Engineering, Architecture, Neurology and Linguistics. Most notable was the project Sea Hero Quest where I teamed up with games desgin studio in London to launch an international test of spatial navigation in a video game: Sea Hero Quest. This has been downloaded by over 2.5 million people from over 57 countries world wide and will help provide a diagnostic for Alzheimer's disease. "

Dr Hugo Spiers

Psychological Sciences MSc
UCL Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

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.

Application fee: There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. More details about the application fee can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for students from a variety of backgrounds who wish to gain the skills necessary for a research career in this field. 

Application deadlines

All applicants
27 July 2018

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 Psychological Sciences at graduate level
  • why you want to study Psychological Sciences 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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