Taught course

Psychological Research Methods

Institution
Birkbeck, University of London · Psychological Sciences
Qualifications
MSc

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Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in psychology or a relevant discipline.

Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

Months of entry

October

Course content

Our MSc Psychological Research Methods provides in-depth training in both the quantitative and qualitative methods employed in contemporary psychological research. It covers:
  • critical appreciation of existing research and research methods
  • philosophical foundations of approaches to research within cognitive and social psychology
  • formulation of hypotheses
  • designing and reporting experiments using a range of research methodologies
  • subject-specific IT skills.

The programme combines Birkbeck’s strengths in qualitative and quantitative psychological research methods. It provides you with the opportunity to conduct supervised research in a wide range of areas within contemporary psychology, such as psychosocial studies, brain and cognitive development, and computational cognitive neuroscience.

Highlights
  • Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck were rated fifth in the UK in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) and we achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to research of world-leading quality.
  • Psychology at Birkbeck is ranked third best in London, ninth in the UK and 85th globally in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject.
  • Provides you with a range of appropriate research skills and experiences for research at PhD level or in the private sector.
  • Opportunity to attend research seminars organised by Birkbeck and a number of other local research centres and institutes.
  • ESRC funding may be available in conjunction with PhD study

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this course is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, and at least 6.5 in writing.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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Student Advice Service
Email
studentadvice@bbk.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 3907 0700