2020 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

Bringing together practical training in the latest research techniques with computational data analysis classes, this course has been developed to enable psychology students to make the transition to becoming data scientists. 

You’ll receive training in a wide variety of psychological research methods, advanced statistical methods, and data science, developing expertise in processing and transforming large scientific datasets using programming languages such as Python and R as well as learning how to use and interpret the output from specialist statistical software. 

Alongside your training in data science, you’ll learn the latest techniques in cutting-edge psychology research, as well as professional skills training in research ethics and presenting to an academic audience, before completing an extended research project, applying data science techniques to problems in a specialist area that may span clinical, cognitive, developmental or social psychology.

Your career

Graduates will be well prepared to pursue a career conducting ‘big data’ research, or building high-tech services in industry or academia. The course is good prepartion or a PhD.

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Core modules

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

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 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 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.