Taught course

Research Methods in Psychology

Anglia Ruskin University · Faculty of Science and Technology

Entry requirements

EITHER 2.2 in BA or BSc Psychology with Graduate Basis for Recognition (GBR) for the British Psychology Society (BPS)OR 2.1 or above in non-accredited BA or BSc Psychology (or closely related discipline, e.g., Health Psychology, Joint honours Psychology, or Neuropsychology) Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements.

Core modules: Issues in Psychological Research (30 credits), Quantitative Research Methods (30 credits), Qualitative Research Methods (30 credits), Dissertation (60 credits)Optional modulesCurrent Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience (30 credits)Developmental Psychopathology (30 credits)

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Students with an MSc in research methods are among the most highly valued and employable graduates, so as well as being perfect for you if you're aiming for a career in research, this course is also ideal for professions in clinical, forensic, health, sports, and occupational psychology as well as government jobs, businesses, marketing, advertising, and economics. 75% of graduates from our course are undertaking PhDs, DClins, or working as research assistants.

Professionals in clinical psychology are explicitly looking for students with the research experience and advanced statistical skills that you'll gain from our course. Professionals in advertising and marketing are also explicitly looking for students with experience researching consumer behaviour that you will gain from our course.

Studying at the UK's top-rated psychology department in a new university for quality of research, you'll develop skills by attending a large number of practical workshops, and by using our fantastic facilities, such as our electroencephalography (EEG) lab, eye-trackers (including our head-mounted eye-tracker ideal for advertising and consumer research), perception lab, psychoimmunology lab, consumer laboratory, and our sound-proofed psycholinguistics lab.

You'll have the opportunity to conduct research on children, adults, atypical populations, conduct survey and archival research and can use any of our equipment or methodology available (qualitative and quantitative).

On completion, you'll have proven transferable skills in presentation, grant writing, peer review processes, self reflexivity, analytical skills (logical and statistical), poster presentations, and awareness of extensive research cultures.

This course will also give you personal development opportunities in:

  • training in areas including neuroimaging training (including designing and data analysis in fMRI, EEG, eye-tracking)
  • experimental and computer programming (using MatLab, E-Prime)
  • diagnosis and treatment of clinical disorders
  • use of clinical and psychometric tests
  • researching any area of psychological study: from clinical to neuroscience to consumer psychology and forensic psychology.

You'll be studying at our Cambridge campus, a world-renowned city for academic excellence and an invaluable location for psychological contacts. Staff at Anglia Ruskin have long term productive links with the University of Cambridge and other associated units, which have led to internships, jobs, research assistantships, collaborations and further postgraduate studies at internationally recognised institutions.

This course will play a very large part in shaping your career; giving you superb research skills and theoretical knowledge, and equipping you with highly employable and desirable skills for your future.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from International students, Please visit http://www.anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/en/home/study/international.html for more information

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

UK/EU Students

International Students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 - 15 months
part time
24 - 30 months

Course contact details

Anglia Ruskin Applicant Enquiries Team
+44 (0)845 271 3333