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The award
MSc

How long you will study
1 year

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How you will study
full-time

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About Research Methods in Psychology at Swansea University

Performance:

  • One of four Psychology departments to achieve a 100% 4* rating (maximum score possible) for the reach and significance of its work in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. Based on this measure Psychology at Swansea was ranked 14th (out of 82) in the UK
  • Top third ranking for UK Psychology Departments (2016 Complete University Guide)
  • Joint 12th UK ranking for Psychology (Graduate prospects)

Teaching and Employability:

  • High-level training in advanced research methods and skills
  • Exciting opportunities to conduct basic and applied research projects in a wide range of areas.
  • Unique mix of small-group teaching in seminars, workshops, and practical sessions, as well as a diverse range of assessment methods and access to staff and other one-to-one teaching support from demonstrators for technical subjects. 
  • International student mentor to all international/overseas fee-paying Psychology students
  • Opportunity to gain funding for Ph.D. places, and to gain access to professional training courses in Clinical Psychology and Educational Psychology 

Course Overview

This masters degree in Research Methods in Psychology aims to provide an opportunity to research and learn about a wide range of topics in psychology; from basic learning and cognition, to neuropsychology, and to applied topics in clinical and educational psychology

This MSc provides students with high-level training in advanced research methods and skills, and offers exciting opportunities to conduct basic and applied research projects in a wide range of areas. 

Students learn to use a range of research tools, such as databases, statistical software, and computer programmes.  

By the end of this training, students will have acquired a wide range of practical research skills to apply in any context where human behaviour is important.  They will have gained practical knowledge of the nature and limitations of the scientific method and the main alternatives, and knowledge of the general historical, theoretical, and philosophical issues underlying psychological and behavioural science.

Course structure

The full-time course, which will last one year, will normally involve attending the University for two full days a week (Monday and Tuesday). The part-time course, which lasts two years, will normally involve attending the University one full day a week.

Assessment 

Teaching is in seminars, workshops, lectures and practical classes. Assessment is mainly by written coursework and reports of empirical projects carried out individually and in groups. 

Who should apply to this course

This course is suitable for:

  • Anybody with an interest in developing a career in research, either in psychology, or social and health sciences, or those wishing to apply research skills in the private sector.
  • Students who wish to pursue further professional training in professional and applied areas of psychology have found the research training provided very helpful in developing this aspect of their skills portfolio.

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Notes about fees for this course

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International MSc Full-time £5,900 £13,700 MSc Part-time £3,000 £6,850

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

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