Research Methods in Psychology (MSc)

Swansea University the United Kingdom

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About Research Methods in Psychology at Swansea University


  • 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


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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  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
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Entry requirements

  • a minimum of a UK 2.2 degree in Psychology, or a related discipline
  • applicants without a suitable degree qualification should be able to evidence substantial research activity in their current roles
  • non-first language English speakers are required to have a minimum of IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in all domains, or a University approved equivalent, prior to starting the programme
  • applicants to the MSc in Research Methods in Psychology are required to demonstrate a commitment to a subsequent career within a research setting

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