MSc Research Methods in Psychology

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Application deadline: August
  • Study mode and duration: 12 months full-time

Study with us

  • learn the skills and theory for conducting research
  • undertake a substantial research project, with one-to-one supervision
  • enhance your academic profile for doctoral funding applications or research assistant posts
  • for those aiming to develop careers in research or enter subsequent training for a scientist practitioner-oriented career such as clinical or educational psychology
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Why this course?

This course is for those aiming to develop careers in research or enter subsequent training for a scientist practitioner-oriented career such as clinical or educational psychology.

It also provides a basis for further postgraduate study such as a PhD and applications for research assistant posts.

In addition to acquiring 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 as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.

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What you'll study

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

You'll devote a signifcant amount of time to a substantial research project and focus on producing a thesis that it is potentially publishable in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. We provide  the supoort of one-to-one supervision and access to the advanced research equipment in the School of Psychological Sciences and Health,

In addition, you'll complete training in the philosophy of social research methods, quantitative and qualitative research methods and research design over two semesters. These taught modules will provide the training essential for the completion of the research project and for your subsequent career in research.

Learning & teaching

Taught classes are a mixture of tutorials, lectures, demonstrations and hands-on practical sessions to facilitate your learning.

Assessment

Each taught class has its own set of assessments including essays, reports, class tests, presentations and research proposals. The dissertation will cumulate in a thesis.

Facilities

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

  • motion capture via a suite of six 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 which have been used to examine topics such as word reading and bias in attention to alcohol-related stimuli
  • two psychophysiology labs to measure electrodermal activity, heart activity, electromyographic signals and EEG
  • experiment generator package ‘E-Prime’
  • a variety of questionnaires and ability measures including access to the online survey tool ‘Qualtrics’
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Course content

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

Perspectives on Social Research

This module is intended as a general introduction to the processes of reasoning and practice in social research. It aims to help students understand the differences between key approaches to social science in terms of research design. It also aims to assist students critically engage with researchers from a range of different disciplines.

Quantitative Research Methods

This class aims to provide advanced training in a range of quantitative statistics likely to be required for analyses conducted in the dissertation. The class also aims to equip students with the statistical knowledge that is likely to be needed to aid the interpretation of results from previous empirical research. In addition, students will develop the necessary statistical competences to support transfer to doctoral programmes and careers in academic or commercial research and teaching.

Research Design

This class aims to develop the skills required to undertake a substantial original research project. Taught sessions will focus on project conception and critical thinking, literature searching, understanding of ethical principles and codes of practice, and the generation of research proposals. Students will also learn how to develop and deliver research presentations to professional audiences.

Qualitative Research Methods

An introduction to the theoretical and practical aspects of using qualitative methods within Psychology. Specifically, the class will focus on developing qualitative research questions, designing appropriate methods of data collection, and analysing qualitative data. To achieve this, students will conduct a small group research project using qualitative methodologies.

Dissertation

Students will undertake a large original research project, under the supervision of one of the academics in the School of Psychological Sciences and Health. Access to the specialist equipment in the school, along with expert tutorage in the use this equipment, will be provided during the dissertation, as required.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

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

English language requirements

You're required to have a suitable minimum level of competency in the English language if your first language is not English or if you have not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English.

For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (with no 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 Visas and Immigration (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 Visas and Immigration (UKVI), please check our English requirements before making your application.

Pre-Masters preparation course

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

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

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Fees & funding

2020/21

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

Scotland/EU

£6,800

Rest of UK

£6,800

International

£15,300

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

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

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Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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International students

We've a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Alumni Discount

10% tuition fee discount is offered to all Strathclyde alumni completing a full-time postgraduate taught course in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

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Michael Hamilton, Research Methods in Psychology, student
With such a diverse range of research interests among the staff in the department, it feels like you have the freedom to pursue any field of research, no matter how obscure.
Michael Hamilton
MSc Research Methods in Psychology

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Careers

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 from a variety of sources including the Economic and Social Research Council, the Welcome Trust, the Carnegie Trust, and places at other universities.

The course also provides research training to 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 2020
Mode of Delivery: full-time

Research Methods in Psychology

Qualification: MSc
Start Date: Sep 2021
Mode of Delivery: full-time

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Telephone: +44 (0)141 444 8600

Email: hass-pg-enquiries@strath.ac.uk

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