2020 start
MSc

Psychological Research Methods with Advanced Statistics

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

Develop the statistical methods and specialist software skills that’s needed to handle and interpret large datasets about human behaviour, led by a professional statistician. 

Your statistical training will teach you the latest advanced techniques including confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modelling (using Mplus software), multilevel modelling and generalised linear models. During your psychological research methods training, you’ll learn a broad range of research techniques from behavioural genetics, diary study methodologies, neuroimaging and qualitative interviews, before bringing it all together during your Research Project with Advanced Statistics. 

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 roles such as graduate statistical analysts, programme analysts, research assistants and psychology researchers.

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Modules

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

Duration

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

The course has helped me to gain experience of conducting studies with children. I plan to apply for a PhD in developmental psychology research. The research I am doing this year has the potential to help bridge the gap between children from families of varying levels of socioeconomic status in terms of language development and further academic achievement.
Eve Smith
Psychological Research Methods with Advanced Statistics

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.

Entry requirements for international students

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

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Contact

psy-pg-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+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.