2020 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

Learn the latest techniques in cutting-edge psychology research from the psychologists who are using them in their published studies  – including clinical trial design, and specialist methods for working with infants, children and clinical populations.

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

You’ll put your new research methods knowledge into practice while addressing an issue at the cutting edge of psychology during your research project, tailored to your career goals across clinical, cognitive, developmental or social psychology.

Your career

This course is great preparation for a PhD or the next step towards clinical training. Graduates also go on to pursue roles within public health organisations, charities or in academia as Assistant Psychologists, Mental Health Support Workers or researchers.

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Core modules

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


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

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