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MScResearch Methods in Psychology

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 is also designed to provide a basis for further postgraduate study (eg PhDs) and 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 apply for a research assistant post, apply for doctoral study or enter training for a scientist-practitioner oriented career such as educational or 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 and access to all the advanced research equipment in the School of Psychological Sciences and Health, and a focus on producing a thesis that it is potentially publishable in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

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 essential training for the completion of the research project and for your subsequent career in research.

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 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’
  • a variety of questionnaires and ability measures and the faculty provides open access to the online survey tool ‘Qualtrics’

Course content

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

Semester 1

Perspectives on Social Research

In this module, students will receive research methods training in the philosophy of social research.

Quantitative Research Methods

In this module, students will cover key statistical methods employed in Quantitative Research including advanced concepts in analysis of variance and regression, contingency tables, meta-analysis, factor analysis, structural equation modelling and statistical power and effect sizes.

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

Research Design

Students will develop the skills required to undertake a substantial original research project including literature searching and reviewing, hypothesis generation, research planning and design, participant recruitment and testing, research ethics and integrity, and the communication of research.

Semester 2

Qualitative Research Methods

You'll cover the principles and practice underlying qualitative research, including the development of qualitative research questions, collecting qualitative data, transcribing data and applying a variety of approaches to qualitative analyses.

Semester 1 & 2

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.

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.

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.

Fees & funding

2018/19

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

Scotland/EU

  • £6,250

Rest of UK

  • £6,250

International

  • £14,050

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 and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students starting in 2017 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.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England can 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.

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

Students coming from Wales

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Wales can apply for 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. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

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

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland can apply for support from Student Finance NI. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

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

International students

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

Please note

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

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 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 2018, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

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