Entry requirements

A first or upper second-class degree in Psychology (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

Are you fascinated by the study of psychology? Do you crave the opportunity to take your research and learning to the next level? The MRes Psychology will give dedicated students a practical education in psychological research training, informed by a wealth of exceptional staff research and experience.

Our staff here at Northumbria University are actively engaged in world-leading research on a range of topics, with almost three-quarters of Northumbria’s psychology research being judged to have outstanding reach and significance for its impact (REF 2014).

You will work in a professional, research environment and develop advanced research skills that will enable you to plan, execute, analyse and disseminate high-quality psychological research. This includes access to state of the art laboratories, equipped with industry standard equipment, meaning that you graduate with all of the familiarity of working in a research lab. This is a major advantage when it comes to seeking employment.

You will learn from those at the forefront of their fields. In fact, our strength in psychology research has significantly increased. This places us second in the Alliance group of universities for world-leading research (REF 2014).

With the opportunity to work both individually and collaboratively on research projects you will gain valuable critical and transferable skills and an understanding of the professional and ethical issues relating to producing research. You will graduate with your Psychology MA ready for employment in a research context, or doctoral level training in psychological research or applied psychology.

Assessments and interactive activities are reflective of the kinds of tasks which active researchers engage with. For example, on this course, you will participate in a journal club, learn to conduct a collaborative pre-registered replication study, present your work at our MRes conference and develop programming skills for conducting sophisticated data analysis and building experiments.

Much of your learning will be hands on, and you will have substantial choice in developing and running a range of qualitative and quantitative studies on topics which align with your own research interests, under the guidance of our expert staff.

Information for international students

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 227 4444