Taught course

Research Methods (Behavioural Science)

Durham University · Department of Psychology

Entry requirements

2:1 in Psychology, Economics, Business or related subject (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Research Methods (Behavioural Science) is a Social Sciences & Health Faculty degree in which departments from across the University work together to deliver a tailored study programme that explores human behaviour through a research lens. It is primarily designed for students who plan to continue their graduate studies at PhD level in the broad area of behavioural science or work as a behavioural scientist or research psychologist. It is also relevant for students wishing to pursue careers in applied areas of behavioural science.

Students intending to have a career as a research psychologist need to acquire a high level of research skills at postgraduate level. Research methods training, co-ordinated through the Durham Research Methods Centre, therefore forms a central part of the MA course, including both quantitative and qualitative research methods. One third of the course is also devoted to the dissertation which may be carried out in any area of psychology related to development. The taught course modules include both generic and subject level components, providing an introduction to broad issues and methodological approaches in behavioural science and the social sciences.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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