2020 start

Psychological Research Methods with Advanced Statistics

Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science

Receive advanced statistical training from a professional statistician and explore the statistical methods and software tools you'll need to handle and interpret large datasets about human behaviour.

Course description

You'll be taught advanced statistical skills and the latest research methods in cutting-edge psychology research, ready for clinical training, a PhD or an exciting psychological career. Your statistical training is led by professional statistician Dr Chris Stride who will teach you the latest statistical techniques, including confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modelling (using Mplus software), multilevel modelling and generalised linear models. Throughout your course, we'll teach you the skills you need and give you the opportunities to apply them to the area of psychology that you're interested in: from cognitive and developmental, to social and clinical psychology

Throughout your course you’ll gain an understanding of ethical issues in research, learn how to write a grant proposal and develop your presentation skills to take part in our annual student-led summer conference.

The Research Project and Systematic Literature Review course components, which include coverage of meta-analysis, give you the opportunity to focus on a chosen psychological research question under the supervision of one of our world-class researchers. You’ll put your new research methods knowledge into practice while addressing an issue at the cutting edge of psychology. You'll also choose a supervisor from an area of psychology that matches your research interests and future career aspirations within cognitive, developmental, social or clinical psychology. It's common for MSc research projects and literature reviews to form the basis of publications in a peer-reviewed journal.

Your career
Previous graduates have gone on to PhD training with an advanced quantitative dimension in neuroimaging, health psychology and social psychology. Others have found employment in the higher education, health or charity sectors with job roles such as:

  • Graduate Statistical Analyst or Programme Analyst in Higher Education.
  • Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, Assistant Psychologist or Research Assistant in NHS trusts or other public health organisations.
  • Psychological Researcher or Lecturer in academia.

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Psychological Research Methods at Sheffield

In addition to Psychological Research Methods with Advanced Statistics, at Sheffield we offer two other specialist masters courses in this area that allow you to specialise further and develop the skills you need for a successful career:


Core modules

  • Intermediate Multivariate Statistics for Psychology
  • Advanced Statistical Methods for Psychologists
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Professional Skills for Psychologists
  • Systematically Reviewing Psychological Research
  • Research Project with Advanced Statistics


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

I was lucky enough to have a fabulous supervisor that gave me great opportunities for research in depression and anxiety which is a keen interest of mine! From the MSc I now have two published papers from the systematic review module and my research project is currently under review for publication. I am now a Clinical Studies Officer in the NHS. I work on various research projects for the NIHR in mental health and dementia.

Caroline Wojnarowski
MSc Psychological Research Methods with Advanced Statistics
Now: Clinical Studies Officer, NHS

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

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.


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.