Research Methods with Psychology (MSc)

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How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
GBP 9500 per year

How you will study

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International course fees
GBP 14500 per year

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About Research Methods with Psychology at City, University of London

Learn how psychological knowledge is created while receiving practical training in a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Who is it for?

This course is suited to students with an undergraduate-level knowledge of psychological research methods who wish to broaden and deepen their research skills. This will probably be with a view towards managing their own research projects. This could be in academia, or in a variety of other work settings where the ability to survey opinions, interpret data meaningfully, and construct and test hypotheses, is valued.


This programme provides training in psychological research methods, including research design, statistical methods, and relevant software, but also offers a range of supplementary options from several other psychology masters programmes.

It covers an array of methodological content which will provide you with the skills necessary to engage in research in public or private-sector organisations, or alternatively continue on to a PhD in preparation for an academic research career.

By offering modules from several masters programmes, this course will allow you to gain broad-ranging research skills that leave your future options open, whilst allowing you to engage with a range of students on more specialised programmes, thus providing specific practical examples to help ground abstract research concepts.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

You should have or expect to gain either:

  • A first or upper second-class honours degree, with psychology or a related discipline as a main field of study, or
  • An equivalent qualification from an overseas institution

Special consideration is given to applications from mature students without the required formal qualifications where there is evidence of relevant work experience in a position of significant responsibility.

English requirements

For students whose first language is not English, the following qualifications will meet the English language requirement for entry to a postgraduate course of study:

  • A first degree from a UK institution or from the CNAA
  • A first degree from an overseas institution recognised by the Institution as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia, Ireland or the USA.
  • GCE O-level/GCSE English language or English literature, grade C minimum.
  • An overall score of 7.0 in the English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum of 6.5 for each subtest.
  • Other evidence of proficiency in the English language. Please note these are the minimum Home Office requirements and the course-specific English language requirements (see above) may be higher.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

The application process for 2018 entry are open.

When applying online:

  • You must provide the email addresses to two referees, at least one must be from an academic referee if you are a recent graduate and we will contact them directly. Other suitable referees may include a current employer or an organisation where you have undertaken relevant work experience.
  • We also require that you upload evidence of your academic qualifications and a personal statement.

If you require assistance regarding your application or have any queries then please contact:

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom

T: +44(0)20 7040 0249

Teaching and learning

The general approach to teaching and learning in this programme is through a combination of lectures, interactive sessions, practical workshops and small group classes, including individual and group presentations. You are expected to give presentations, to engage in discussions designed to encourage you to reflect on issues raised in the lectures, to expand further specific topics, and to develop your communication skills.

You are encouraged to undertake extensive reading in order to understand the topics covered in lectures and classes and to broaden and deepen your knowledge of the subject. The teaching and learning process is supported by resources available on City's virtual learning environment, Moodle, and by a personal tutorial system, as well as the welfare services provided by the Institution.

Assessment of the Programme is through coursework (i.e. assessed essays and assignments, for example stats tests, research proposal presentations, and programming exercises), examinations, and a summer dissertation.


You will take five core taught modules, two in the Autumn term and three in the Spring term. You also get to customise your programme through the choice of three elective modules, typically two in the Autumn term and one in the Spring term. Finally, you will complete a research dissertation in the Summer term.

Taught modules generally involve two to three hours of contact time (i.e. lectures, lab classes etc.) per week, for ten weeks, but you will need to supplement these classes with individual study and skill development. You should anticipate spending around 150 hours on each taught module, which implies a full-time (~40 hours per week) workload.

You will take five core modules (PEM104, PEM107, SAM005, PSM207 and PSM208) totalling 75 credits. You will also take three elective modules worth a total of 45 credits. The research dissertation is worth 60 credits.

This is a composite programme, which provides you with the opportunity to study modules from several of our other MSc courses. Your research methods training is thus situated within several sub-disciplines of social science. Elective modules are illustrative and can change from year to year.

Core modules

  • Behavioural Research Methods: Design & Analysis (15 credits)
  • Applied Econometrics and Psychological Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Research Methods & Programming (15 credits)
  • Statistical Models (15 credits)
  • Applied Qualitative Research Methods (15 credits)

Elective modules

  • Qualitative Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Cognitive Science (15 credits)
  • Psychological Processes: Individual and Social (15 credits)
  • Principles of Neuroscience: Brain anatomy, techniques and paradigms (15 credits)
  • Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (15 credits)
  • Mental Health, Wellbeing and Neuroscience (15 credits)
  • Work Design, Organisational Change and Development (15 credits)
  • Research, Design & Analysis (15 credits)
  • Research in organisations (15 credits)
  • Epidemiology (15 credits)
  • Multivariate Data Analysis (15 credits).


To be eligible for the MSc, you must complete a 60 credit dissertation.

  • Psychology Research Methods Dissertation

Download the relevant programme specification

Career prospects

Possible career paths for graduates of this course include academic research (usually following a PhD) or work involving central and local government agencies, public health, the voluntary sector, market/media research, or management consultancy.

This programme of study is suitable for progression onto a PhD programme.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9500 per yearInternational course feesGBP 14500 per year

Notes about fees for this course


Full-time: £9,500


Full-time: £14,500

More about fees

Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase limited by the All Items Retail Prices Index. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).

As part of our dedication to high quality research we are offering a 50% discount on the tuition fees of this course for anyone considering a PhD within Psychology at City upon graduation of this course.

You would be expected to have an idea of your PhD specialism, which would be indicated in your personal statement, and to write a formal proposal for your thesis during the course of the MSc Research Methods with Psychology. We would welcome you to discuss your proposal with a potential supervisor before applying or you could discuss this initially with MSc Research Methods with Psychology Programme Director Dr Kielan Yarrow.


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Academic facilities

The programme leans heavily on our up-to-date computer labs, and also our research facilities (e.g. TMS, EEG and eye-tracking labs).

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