Psychological Research Methods with Data Science
Department of Psychology,
Faculty of Science
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.
Demand is growing for Data Scientists. With practical skills in data handling and interpretation, 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, working on services that millions of people use every day;
- Large technology and social media companies, interpreting marketing research to build customer insight;
- Higher education conducting scientific research;
- Finance or banking, building bespoke customer solutions.
If you choose to continue your research training, you’ll be well equipped to pursue a PhD
Psychological Research Methods at Sheffield
In addition to Psychological Research Methods with Data Science, 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:
- 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
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
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.
Fees and funding
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.