2019 start

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.
Postgraduate psychology students Evie Smith and Ciara Kelly reading with child

Course description

This course is designed to help you become an independent researcher, capable of explaining human behaviour using cutting- edge methodological techniques.

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

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Core modules

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


There are lectures, seminars and workshops.


You’re assessed on written coursework, presentations and a research dissertation.


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

Entry requirements

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

Evidence of undergraduate training in statistics for psychology is also required.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 in the other components, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Dr Danielle Matthews, Department of Psychology

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


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

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+44 114 222 6533

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