MSc 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.

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, MSc Psychological Research Methods with Advanced Statistics

About the course

September 2018 start

Course description

This course is designed to help you become an independent researcher, capable of explaining human behaviour using cutting- edge methodological techniques.

Working with an expert in your chosen field of psychology, you’ll become highly proficient in statistical analysis, project management and report writing.

There are lectures, seminars and workshops. You’re assessed on written coursework, presentations and a research dissertation.

Psychology student Evie Smith

Core modules

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


Many of our graduates go on to a PhD or other higher degree (eg a clinical psychology doctoral course), and to a research career in academia, industry or public services.

Course duration

  • 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

IELTS 7.0 with 7.0 in writing and 6.0 in the other components, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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Dr Danielle Matthews

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.

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