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MSc - Psychology: Research Methods and Statistics

This course is designed for graduates who wish to pursue a career in researching professional psychology.

You'll gain skills in research design and planning, statistical data analysis, disseminating research (e.g. conferences, publishing in journals) and how to pursue a successful career in the field. We use a variety of blended learning and campus-based activities specifically designed to meet the needs of learners working in a range of contexts.

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Course Overview

If you want to pursue a career in research or academia, our innovative MSc Psychology: Research Methods and Statistics course will be a great first step to enable you to go onto PhD research and beyond. We’ve earned a great reputation nationally for our cutting edge research methods and we will teach you to use differing and specialist methods, equipping you for future challenges and advancing your career prospects.

This pathway aims to provide a stimulating and challenging academic and scholarly environment for learners who wish to advance their academic and professional development beyond undergraduate level, through developing specialised knowledge and a critical awareness of issues at the forefront of psychological research methodology debates. It has been designed to cover the traditional and non-traditional research methods, such that prospective academics and practitioners alike feel equipped for future challenges.

On this course you will...

  • Be able to explore and apply psychological literature to current issues, contexts and experiences for Level 7 qualitative and quantitative research skills
  • Be given high quality support and guidance by our lecturing team who are active in their research and practice.
  • Learn valuable transferrable skills in PG research, which are highly sought after by employers.
  • Have the opportunity to choose topics and areas that you want to learn more about to tailor your learning experience.
  • Have the opportunity to shape your MSc experience to your own interests and career goals, allowing our team to help you to reach your ideal future career.
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Course Structure

What you will learn

The Psychology: Research Methods and Statistics course provides a set of modules that will enhance specialist subject knowledge and key skills for working in research and practice, all delivered by subject specialists. It is designed to build on your existing learning experiences and offers flexible learning opportunities to improve your career prospects.

This programme has been designed to cover the traditional and non-traditional research methods, such that prospective academics and practitioners alike feel equipped for future challenges. The main aim is to provide you with the opportunity to develop comprehensive knowledge and understanding of a broad range of topics and techniques in psychological research methods. Theoretical and practical issues pertinent to those working in research contexts will be examined critically. Theoretical and practical issues pertinent to those working in research contexts will be examined critically. In addition, this programme of study seeks to equip students with the skills and knowledge required to undertake and report research to a publishable standard.

Modules
  • Research Skills and Methods
    Introduction to a range of qualitative and quantitative methodology. You will be trained in the methods required to design and execute an empirical study, ways to keep the methodology scientific and other research design issues.
  • Qualitative Research Methodologies and Techniques
    Develop a range of techniques and methods for collecting and analysing qualitative data in psychology.
  • Implementing Psychological Research Techniques
    Develop your capacity to create research proposals in a range of psychological practices and identify research problems and their appropriate solutions
  • Professional Values and Ethics
    Engage in a series of critical debates; providing you with a knowledge and understanding of a number of ethical and practice issues that you may face within the workplace.
  • Advanced Statistics
    Analyse and report your own empirical research in psychology at a level commensurate with postgraduate study.
  • Negotiated learning
    Undertake an independent piece of work to develop your specialist knowledge and expertise in an area that is pertinent to your chosen pathway.
  • Dissertation
    An independent project that provides the opportunity to demonstrate your competence in critically reviewing, synthesising and drawing conclusions from the literature and research.

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