Throughout your course, you'll learn the latest techniques in cutting-edge psychological research from the psychologists who are using them in their published studies. These include neuroimaging (EEG, fMRI), behavioural genetics, through experimental methodologies and clinical trial design, to qualitative interview, diary study methodologies and specialist methods for working with infants, children and clinical populations.
We'll teach you the skills you need and give you the opportunities to apply them to the area of psychology that you're interested in: from cognitive and developmental, to social and clinical psychology.
From week one, you'll begin training in a range of skills that are important for psychologists in academia and professional roles. You'll understand ethical issues in research, learn how to write a grant proposal, receive training in multivariate statistics, and develop your presentation skills ready to take part in our annual student-led summer conference.
The research project and literature review course components, which include coverage of meta-analysis, give you the opportunity to focus on a chosen psychological research question in detail under the supervision of one of our world-class researchers.
You can choose a supervisor from an area of psychology that matches your research interests and future career aspirations within cognitive, developmental, social or clinical psychology. These projects give you the opportunity to put your new research methods knowledge into practice while addressing an issue at the cutting edge of psychological research.
Example research projects
- Identifying risk factors for poor treatment outcomes in clinical therapy
- The roles of self-control, ambivalence and decision-making in the context of health behaviour change
- The development of cognitive flexibility / inhibitory control in the preschool / school years
Example student publications
It's common for MSc research projects and literature reviews to form the basis of publications in peer-reviewed journals.
- Matthews D , Biney H, Abbot-Smith, K (2018) Individual differences in children's pragmatic ability: A review of associations with formal language, social cognition, and executive functions. Language Learning and Development.
- Johnston, S., Krasuska, A., Millings, A., Lavda, A., & Thompson, A. R. (2018). Experiences of rosacea and its treatment: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. British Journal of Dermatology, 178, 154-160. doi: 10.1111/bjd.15780
- Vogt, KS & Norman, P (2018) Is mentalization-based therapy effective in treating the symptoms of borderline personality disorder? A systematic review. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice.
Psychological Research Methods at Sheffield
In addition to Psychological Research Methods, at Sheffield we offer two other specialist masters courses in this area that allow you to specialise further and develop the skills you need for a successful career:
- MSc Psychological Research Methods with Advanced Statistics
- MSc Psychological Research Methods with Data Science