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.

I chose the University of Sheffield as it's the only place that offers a course like this. We get to learn about the more abstract computational aspects of psychology as well as the more conventional cognitive theories.

Alex Dewar, postgraduate student in Department of Psychology

About the course

Course description 2017

Cognitive neuroscience relates cognitive and behavioural functions to the underlying brain systems. Computational neuroscience uses data to construct rigorous computational models of brain function. Put them together and these new disciplines are the key to explaining the relationship between brain and behaviour.

You’ll develop a broad and critical understanding of these two fields, along with an appreciation of different approaches to understanding brain function.

Your range of computational and analytical skills, and an ability to generate and test hypotheses, will give you an excellent foundation for further research.

The course takes students from both life sciences and the physical sciences and engineering. Appropriate training is given to ensure all students can master the required skills and complete the course successfully.

Alex Dewar, postgraduate student in the Department of Psychology

Core modules

  • Fundamentals of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Fundamentals of Neuroscience
  • Computational Neuroscience 1: biologically grounded models
  • Mathematical Modelling and Research Skills
  • Computational Neuroscience 2: theoretical models
  • Brain Imaging and its Physical Foundations
  • Current Issues in Systems Neuroscience
  • Current Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience

Teaching

Teaching is through lectures, seminars and laboratory classes.

Assessment

Examinations at the end of semesters one and two, written coursework and an extensive empirical research project over the summer.

Course duration

1 year full-time


Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent qualification in either a life science or mathematical/physical science.

English Language Requirements

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

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Fees and funding

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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, Teaches on MSc Psychological Research Methods.

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E: a.young@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 6564