Psychology research

MScResearch Methods in Psychology

Why this course?

This course is for those aiming to develop careers in educational or clinical psychology. It can also prepare you for further postgraduate study and enhance your applications for research assistant posts.

You’ll learn the skills and theory for conducting research. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and discuss research with postgraduate students in the School of Psychological Sciences and Health. You’ll also play a role in research with members of our academic staff.

You may also have the opportunity to be employed within the School of Psychological Sciences and Health as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.

You’ll study

This course is designed to maximise research potential. It should provide a thorough grounding in research methods for anyone wanting to get a research assistant post, apply for doctoral study or enter training for a scientist-practitioner oriented career such as clinical psychology.

As such, a significant proportion of time is devoted to allowing you to undertake a substantial research project, with one-to-one supervision, access to all the advanced research equipment and a focus on producing a thesis of sufficient quality that it is potentially publishable in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

You’ll complete five areas of training over two semesters.


Specialist research equipment is available for use by our postgraduate students, including:

  • Motion capture via a suite of 6 infra-red cameras
  • A driving simulator which can be programmed to display different scenarios and be used in conjunction with other equipment
  • Several types of eye tracker available for use which have been previously used to examine topics such as word reading and bias in attention to alcohol related stimuli
  • Two psychophysiology labs giving the ability to measure electrodermal activity, heart activity, electromyographic signals and EEG.
  • Experiment generator package ‘E-Prime’. You're given full training enabling presentation and data recording for experimental studies
  • A variety of questionnaires and ability measures and the Faculty provides open access to the online survey tool ‘Qualtrics’
  • A common room solely for the use of Masters students which has computers with Microsoft Office and SPSS installed and a library of reference books

Course content

You’ll complete five areas of training over two semesters:

Semester 1 & 2

Quantitative Research Methodology

This module covers advanced statistical concepts in analysis of variance and regression, meta-analysis, structural equation modelling and research ethics and integrity.

Semester 1

Analysing Discourse & Interaction

This module teaches the principles and practice underlying qualitative research with a focus on discourse analysis and conversation analysis.

Practical Research Skills

This module develops the skills needed to promote your own research and research ideas, focusing on writing to attain funding for studentships or grants, presenting your research orally and presenting research to a wider audience.

Semester 2

Methods in Experimental Psychology

The module leads you through a mixture of theoretical and practical sessions on topics such as psychophysiological recording, neuroimaging, signal detection analysis, eye tracking and neuropsychological testing.

Software Skills

This module teaches you basic, intermediate and advanced development of computer-based experiments using the E-Prime software package as well as image manipulation for stimulus development.

Learning & teaching

Sessions usually take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and are a mixture of tutorials, lectures, demonstrations and hands-on practical sessions.


Each taught class has its own set of assessments and these range from essays and reports to design and implementation of a computer-based experiment, a press release and an oral presentation.

Entry requirements

First or upper second-class degree in Psychology, or overseas equivalent.

English language 

For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (no individual test score below 6.0) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.

Pre-sessional courses in English are available.

If you’re a national of an English speaking country recognised by UK Visa and Immigrations (please check most up-to-date list on the Home Office website) or you have successfully completed an academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree) in any of these countries, then you do not need to present any additional evidence.

If you are from a country not recognised as an English speaking country by the United Kingdom Visa and Immigration (UKVI), please check our English requirements before making your application.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.


  • 2017/18 - £4,800

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £4,800


  • 2017/18 - £13,500

How can I fund my course?

To recognise academic achievement, the Dean's International Excellence Award offers international students a merit-based scholarship of up to £3,000 for entry onto a full-time Masters programme in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Check our Scholarship Search for more help with fees and funding.

Scottish students

Students living in Scotland can find out more about funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland.

English students

Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.


  1. The course is primarily designed for graduates in psychology who wish to begin a career in research. It's ideally suited to someone who wishes to apply for a post as a research assistant or wishes to apply for doctoral study.

Previous students have been successful in receiving PhD funding from the University as well as externally funded studentships and places at other universities.

It also provides research training to those graduates who may wish to enter professional training for jobs which have a ‘scientist-practitioner’ underpinning such as clinical psychology.

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Research Methods in Psychology

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

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