Psychological Research Methods with Data Science, University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield the United Kingdom

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The award
MSc

How long you will study
1 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 10300 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 26200 per year

All study options

About Psychological Research Methods with Data Science at University of Sheffield

Bringing together practical training in the latest research techniques with computational data analysis classes, this course has been developed to enable psychology students to make the transition to becoming data scientists.

We'll train you in the most commonly applied quantitative methods including multilevel modelling, factor analysis, and structural equation modelling, as well as the skills of when to apply such techniques and how to interpret the output. Our leading psychologists, your teachers, have extensive experience of handling large data sets to answer pressing problems in psychology and they'll lead your computational data analysis training and aid your transition to data science. Throughout your course, 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.

Alongside your data science training you'll learn a broad range of research techniques from 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. You'll also begin training in a range of skills that are important for data scientists in academia and professional roles: you'll understand ethical issues and the implications of using data to predict and influence human behaviour, 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 data science and research methods knowledge into practice while addressing an issue at the cutting edge of psychological research. It's common for MSc research projects and literature reviews to form the basis of publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Example research projects

  • Multilevel modelling of therapeutic change trajectories within an IAPT service
  • The effects of food advertising through advergames on children's eating behaviour - exploring children's understanding of advertising as a moderator
  • Using Social Identity Theory to explore predictors of affirmative action support: the indirect effect of policy maker prototypicality.

    Psychological Research Methods at Sheffield

    In addition to Psychological Research Methods with Data Science, 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
    • MSc Psychological Research Methods with Advanced Statistics

    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 awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
      Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 10300 per yearInternational course feesGBP 26200 per year
    • The awardMScHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 years
      Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 10300 per yearInternational course feesGBP 26200 per year

    Notes about fees for this course

    Fees for 2023 entry are not yet available. Please use these 2022 fees as a guide

    Entry requirements

    Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in psychology or a related subject.

    Applicants will need evidence of undergraduate training in statistics for psychology.

    We also consider a wide range of international qualifications:

    Entry requirements for international students

    Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

    If you're an international student who does not meet the entry requirements for this course, you have the opportunity to apply for a pre-masters programme in Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield International College. This course is designed to develop your English language and academic skills. Upon successful completion, you can progress to degree level study at the University of Sheffield.

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