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Psychology, MSc by Research Postgraduate prospectus

  • This Master's is for you if you want to progress to doctoral study or a research career.
  • You will produce a piece of research of publishable quality under the supervision of our expert lecturers.
  • We will develop your research methods, tools and skills to an advanced level with high quality training.



An inquisitive mind, paired with passion and commitment is the perfect combination for a career in psychology research.

Our programme is aimed at graduates who would like to enhance their understanding of research methods and statistics in psychology. Our MSc provides excellent preparation for doctoral study or for a research career.

We will provide high quality training in advanced research and statistics which will include a variety of advanced methodologies, tools and skills.

We pride ourselves on combining high quality teaching with world-class research and a vibrant student experience. Our teaching staff are research active and are experts in their respective fields. We have well-equipped facilities and laboratories to support all your activities and we employ creative teaching methods and assessment techniques. We are proud of our consistent high ratings in the National Student Survey.

During your studies with us, it is our aim to enhance your research skills to an advanced level. We will provide you with an understanding of the links between theory, research and practice in relation to psychology.

Independent research

Throughout the year, you will have the opportunity to undertake an individual piece of research on the topic of your choice in psychology. This will be under the expert supervision of a member of our teaching staff. Here you will be required to produce a piece of research of publishable quality, aided and informed by your learning on the courses.

As part of your research project, you will be required to present your research, produce a research poster and a final project report.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

  • An honours degree in psychology or equivalent subject (normally a 2.1 or above).

Applicants who do not have English as their first language:

  • Must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above or an equivalent rating in another recognised language testing system.

Extra information


Students are assessed through oral presentations, laboratory reports, a research poster, a research project, a portfolio and an examination.


Graduates from this programme have a strong background in advanced research skills in psychology as well as a more in-depth understanding of a specific area of psychology. It will be beneficial for further professional training and study in psychology and will provide an excellent springboard for doctoral training.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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