Our MSc / MRes Psychological Research Methods provides extensive training if you are looking to develop a broad range of transferable skills relevant to independent research and beyond. The course has been designed specifically to prepare graduates in Psychology or related disciplines for:
- a PhD degree
- research related careers in academic or applied psychological disciplines
- careers in which data handling and analytical skills are of relevance.
You might also complete the course as a means of improving your research skills in preparation for further training as a professional psychologist (often as a clinical or educational psychologist).
Both awards are equivalent, although the MSc has a larger taught component whilst the MRes places greater emphasis on the conduct of independent research. You may wish to apply to the MSc in Psychological Research Methods in the first instance and then you can make a choice of award later, in conjunction with the Course Leader and teaching team.
How you're taught
A mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops are used throughout the course to develop your knowledge and understanding, whilst small group tutorials are provided in order to support your development of both subject knowledge and a range of transferable skills.
You will be assessed in a variety of ways and on a modular basis through:
- laboratory reports
- oral presentations
- research project.
The course adopts a pragmatic approach to research, arguing that all research methods and approaches, whether quantitative, psychometric, qualitative, or mixed, should be attuned to the subject-matter and the nature of the research hypothesis or question to be answered. Offering a balanced appreciation of all methodological approaches, their relative strengths and weaknesses, the course will leave you equipped to conduct research in any area of psychology.
A supportive and active research environment
Throughout the course you will benefit from research-informed teaching and you may be interested in finding out more about our wide range of psychology research groups exploring areas such as cognition and perception; wellbeing; language and psycholinguistics; addiction and aberrant behaviours; development; interaction and social relations.
Psychology at NTU has an established international research reputation and is one of the top risers in the REF 2014 research rankings. The 2014 Assessment also showed:
- 60% of our research outputs were considered to be internationally excellent or world leading in REF 2014
- 100% of our research impact is internationally excellent with 73% described as world leading
- Our research impact and output is the highest of any UK psychology department with an equivalent research environment.
Find out more about our 2014 Research Excellence Framework results.
As a psychology student you will benefit from our dedicated learning environment. We have specialist research equipment and laboratories including eye trackers, motion capture labs, TMS, and an GBP80,000 EEG system. These facilities support staff research as well as student projects in the exciting areas of human cognition, behavioural neuroscience, human interaction and communication, and human development.
You will also have easy access to fantastic facilities in the Chaucer and Taylor buildings including:
- Lecture theatres and teaching classrooms;
- Open access PCs and secure wireless points;
- Study areas and social spaces;
- Chaucer cafe serving drinks and light snacks;
- Our brand new School of Social Sciences reception, providing you with easy access to our helpful and friendly support staff.
Careers and employability
On graduation, you will possess the methodological and practical knowledge required to realise your potential as an independent researcher in various fields of Psychology or in closely related disciplines.
Many of our graduates have gone on to pursue an academic and / or research career in various areas of psychology (by working as a research assistant or associate, for example, or by studying for a PhD). You may choose to use your research methods qualification as a stepping stone to undertaking further training as a professional psychologist (for example, in forensic, clinical, and educational psychology) or to secure careers in data handling and analysis outside psychology (for example, in industry or the civil service).
The skills gained are transferable across a wide range of careers.Your qualification is likely to be popular with many employers because you will have demonstrated an ability to write essays and reports, to master advanced methods of data analysis and to talk and present in front of other people.
Previous graduates have gone on to pursue careers as a:
- PhD candidate
- research officer
- data research assistant
- trust administrator and bid writer
- graduate policy and strategy assistant.
*Data extracted from the Nottingham Trent University Graduate Destinations Database 2009-10 to 2013-14.
Careers and job application advice is available to all our postgraduate students and is provided by a subject specialist within the Department, supported by the University-wide careers service. We're very proud of the achievements of our many graduates and look forward to helping you achieve a successful career in psychology.