2019 start

Psychological Research Methods with Data Science

Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science

Make the transition from psychology student to data scientist with our MSc. The course combines practical training in the latest research techniques with classes in computational data analysis.
Postgraduate Psychological Research Methods student

Course description

We’ll give you training on how to process and transform large scientific data sets in order to uncover hidden patterns that can be applied to real-world organisational and psychological problems. You'll develop skills in the programming language Python and learn how to use, when to use, and how to interpret the output from, specialist statistics software.

Alongside your training in data science, you'll learn the latest techniques for cutting-edge psychology research, which range from neuroimaging and multivariate statistics, to clinical trial design and qualitative interview methods. You'll also receive professional skills training in research ethics and presenting to an academic audience.

Your extended research project will give you the chance to explore a specialism of your choice from an area of clinical, cognitive, developmental or social psychology, using data science techniques. You can focus on a psychological research question that interests you most, and you'll be supervised by one of our world-class researchers. You can choose a supervisor from an area of psychology that matches your research interests and future career aspirations.

Throughout your research project you’ll get the opportunity to put your knowledge of data science and research methods into practice while addressing an issue at the cutting edge of psychological research.

Your career

Demand is growing for data scientists. With your practical skills in handling and interpreting data, coupled with an understanding of the ethical implications of using data to predict and influence human behaviour, you'll be well equipped to pursue an exciting career in a range of industries, including:

  • government and the civil service
  • technology and social media companies – interpreting marketing research to build customer insight
  • higher education – carrying out scientific research
  • finance or banking – building bespoke customer solutions.


Core modules

  • Research Project in Psychology with Data Science
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Intermediate Multivariate Statistics for Psychology
  • Advanced Statistical Methods for Psychologists
  • Data Analysis and Visualisation
  • Systematically Reviewing Psychological Research
  • Current Issues in Psychological Research

Part-time students

Modules in year 1 develop your core knowledge of statistics, data visualisation and data science. You’ll also carry out an in-depth literature review.

In year 2 you’ll carry out training in the latest cutting-edge research methods in psychology before completing your extended research project.


You’ll learn through small-group teaching in a mixture of seminars, workshops and one-to-one supervision.


All assessment is coursework-based.


  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

A 2:1 BSc honours degree, or equivalent, in psychology, or a closely related discipline.

We’ll also consider your application (after an interview) if you have relevant professional experience.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component (or equivalent).

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Each year the department offers two bursaries to students on this course.


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

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.