Taught course

Psychological Research Methods

Nottingham Trent University · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

You will need an undergraduate degree (minimum 2.1) in Psychology or a closely related discipline; or other recognised equivalent qualification. Applicants without such qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but will be required to demonstrate how their experiences and knowledge would enable them to study this course at Masters Level in their Personal Statement. Good performance in research methods and statistics classes and / or in the conduct and presentation of a research project are likely to act as a mitigating factor where a 2.1 has not been achieved at undergraduate level. English language requirements for international students can be found at www.ntu.ac.uk/international.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MRes / MSc in Psychological Research Methods provides extensive training for those looking to develop a broad range of transferable skills relevant to independent research and beyond.

The course has been designed specifically to prepare graduates in Psychology or related disciplines for;

  • a PhD degree;
  • research or related careers in academic or applied psychological disciplines; and
  • careers in which data handling and analytical skills are relevant.

The course offers a choice of two awards. The MSc award has a taught focus, while the MRes award places a greater accent on independent research, although the innovative course structure means that students need not decide about their own personal focus until the end of Term One.

If you can't decide which route to take yet, don't worry! The innovative structure of the course means you don't have to decide until the end of your first term with us. Either way, students on the MRes / MSc Psychological Research Methods will be taught a range of skills necessary to realise their potential as independent researchers in various fields of psychology (or related disciplines).

In Term One, all full-time MRes and MSc students complete the same core modules including;

  • Advanced Experimentation and Statistics (One)
  • Psychometrics (One): Developing Psychometric Scales development in Research and Practice
  • Qualitative Research Design and Analysis (One)
  • Research and Professional Skills
  • Observational Methods.

In Term Two, students pursuing the MSc complete five more taught modules. MRes students complete just two modules of their choice, allowing them to concentrate exclusively on quantitative / psychometric methods or qualitative methods. You also complete a larger empirical research project (worth 100 credits) under the supervision of a research active member of staff.

  • Advanced Experimentation and Statistics (Two)
  • Psychometrics (Two): Developing Psychometric Scales development in Research and Practice
  • Qualitative Research Design and Analysis (Two)
  • Testing Psychological Theories Using SEM

You will also complete an extended essay on a methodological topic of your choice and an empirical research project (Worth 60 credits), both under the supervision of a research active member of staff.

  • Psychology Research Project
  • Specialist Psychological Research Methods Essay (MSc only)

Choosing your route
The MSc emphasises a taught focus across a range of methods and will be suitable for students keen to develop a broad profile of independent research skills.

The MRes places a greater emphasis on independent study and is suitable for students who are already engaged in psychological research and wish to focus on a particular area.

The innovative course structure means you don't need to decide which award you want to focus on until the end of Term One.

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On graduation, you will possess the methodological and practical knowledge required to realise your potential as an independent researcher in various fields of Psychology or in closely related disciplines.

Many of our graduates have gone on to pursue an academic and / or research career in various areas of psychology (by working as a research assistant or associate, for example, or by studying for a PhD). You may choose to use your research methods qualification as a stepping stone to undertaking further training as a professional psychologist (for example, in forensic, clinical, and educational psychology) or to secure careers in data handling and analysis outside psychology (for example in industry or the civil service).

Your qualification is likely to be popular with many employers because you will have demonstrated an ability to write essays and reports, to master advanced methods of data analysis and to talk and present in front of other people.

Information for international students

As an international school, we are committed to enhancing our cultural and intellectual diversity. We therefore like to encourage applications from students across the world who feel we can offer them the educational opportunities they are seeking at postgraduate level.

Fees and funding

The School of Social Sciences is delighted to announce the availability of a number of competitive Scholarships for our full-time and part-time Masters courses. To find out more visit www.ntu.ac.uk/s3scholarships

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Social Sciences
+ 44 (0)115 848 4460