MSc Psychological Research Methods

Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science

Working closely with specialist scientists, you'll develop the skills to investigate and understand human behaviour.

We're one of the top psychology departments in the UK for research.

The breadth of our expertise and our commitment to applied psychology makes Sheffield the obvious choice for ambitious students.

Our staff are working with hospitals, mental health care units, the police and prison service, business and industry. They'll show you what psychology can do.

About the course

If you’re focused on a research career, this course will help you develop the skills you need.

Working with an expert in your chosen field of psychology, you’ll become highly proficient in statistical analysis, project management and report writing.

There are lectures, seminars and workshops. You’re assessed on written coursework, presentations and a research dissertation.

Core modules

  • Multivariate Statistics for Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Current Issues in Psychological Research
  • Professional Skills for Psychologists
  • Systematically Reviewing Psychological Research
  • Research Project in Psychology


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Independent study


  • Written coursework
  • Presentations
  • Research dissertation

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Postgraduate students

Key facts

Course duration

1 year full-time/2 years part-time

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in psychology or a closely related discipline. Evidence of undergraduate training in statistics for psychology is also required.

English Language Requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with 7.0 in Writing and 6.0 in the other components, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Where your masters can take you

This degree will put you in a good position to obtain a graduate job that requires strong quantitative skills, such as market research, analytics or data science.

Applying psychology in the real world

Our ongoing collaborative projects with hospitals, mental health care units, the police and prison service, and several leading firms in business and industry will show you how psychology can be applied in the real world.

You'll also benefit from our research excellence. We don't just focus on one or two specialisms – with active researchers in most areas of psychology, we are consistently one of the highest-ranked research departments in the UK.

We're one of the top psychology departments in the UK for research.

Our facilities

Whatever your particular interest, we have the facilities. We have extensive facilities for research in health and social psychology. There is also a Clinical Psychology Unit and a laboratory for infancy research.

To give you the right tools for your research, there is a fully equipped neuroscience unit with excellent facilities for brain imaging, neuroanatomy, electrophysiology, behavioural neuroscience and computational neuroscience. We have access to a small-bore MRI device and to the University's MRI facility for human studies.

The Clinical Psychology Unit

Seventeen academic and clinical staff working closely with local NHS trusts on research programmes, training and consultancy.

Dr Danielle Matthews

From my masters thesis onwards, I’ve researched how children under five learn to talk. This took on a new significance when my son was born. I became aware of how little evidence-based advice there is for promoting language development. I’m now interested in contributing to this advice by focusing on the fundamentals of human language and human learning.

Dr Danielle Matthews, MSc Psychological Research Methods tutor

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)114 222 6564