Psychological Research Methods (MRes, MSc)

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The award
MRes, MSc

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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About Psychological Research Methods at Nottingham Trent University

Our Psychological Research Methods Masters degree 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:

  • examination
  • coursework
  • essays
  • 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.

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.

Facilities

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 £80,000 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.

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 awardMRes, MScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out
  • The awardMRes, MScHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Entry requirements

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate degrees. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

  • You will need an undergraduate degree (minimum 2.1) in Psychology or a closely related discipline; or other recognised equivalent qualification.
  • Applicants without such qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but will be required to demonstrate how their experiences and knowledge would enable them to study this course at Masters-level in their Personal Statement.
  • Good performance in research methods and statistics classes and / or in the conduct and presentation of a research project are likely to act as a mitigating factor where a 2.1 has not been achieved at undergraduate level.

Your application form requires a written statement in which you should outline reasons for wishing to undertake the MSc / MRes Psychological Research Methods course. We will be looking to ensure that you have a sound rationale for joining the course based on a realistic appreciation of the discipline and profession of psychology.

If you are unsure of your status and / or would like an informal discussion with the course leader, please contact us.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you're already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

International students in psychology can also access additional language and study skills support, as well as help in acclimatising, via our own International Student Support Officer.

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