Taught course

Psychological Research Methods

Lancaster University · Psychology

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree in Psychology, or its equivalent, including research design and statistical methods.

Months of entry


Course content

This recognised research training course provides students with knowledge of, and experience in, a wide range of research methods used in psychological research. In addition, it provides students with training in practical skills involved in conducting research, and in reporting research effectively both orally and in written forms of communication.

The course consists of small classes combined with an emphasis on individual tuition, a focus on ‘hands-on’ experience backed by appropriate theoretical knowledge, an availability of a wide range of options in areas of psychology in which the Department excels and makes use of excellent equipment and specialist research facilities.

It is especially suited to applicants who are considering doing a PhD, or wish to develop their research skills in preparation for further professional training (eg Clinical, Forensic, Educational, Health, Occupational Psychology), or who require additional training in psychological research methods to apply to their work environment.


Compulsory modules:

Conducting and Presenting Psychological Research

Analysing and Interpreting Data (two modules)

Research Dissertation

Optional modules (choose from topics in the following areas, which vary year-to-year and are aligned with our expertise):

· Analysing Talk and Text

· Developmental Disorders

· Developmental Psychology

· Literature Review

· Mental Health and Decision Making

· Psychological Aspects of Advertising

· Social Psychology

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
£8000 per year
International students
£18,900 per year


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0)1524 594975
+44 (0)1524 593744