Taught course


The University of Manchester · School of Psychological Sciences

Entry requirements

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second or the overseas equivalent) in psychology, including competent research methods knowledge and evidence of a research project/dissertation. A degree in which psychology forms a major component may be acceptable.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MRes Psychology research-focused course will give you in-depth theoretical understanding, knowledge and practical experience of key research paradigms, research designs and statistical techniques used in psychology and, more broadly, in the social sciences.

You will receive extensive training in:

  • Quantitative methods: path analysis, hierarchical regression analysis, multi-level modelling, signal detection analysis and non-linear regression models;
  • Qualitative methods: focus groups, interviewing skills, IPA, thematic analysis, grounded theory, discourse analysis and conversation analysis.

You will also receive training in meta-analytical techniques, experience sampling, physiological recording methods, eye-tracking and working with children.

Our MRes focuses on various forms of dissemination activity including:

  • Writing academic papers;
  • Preparing posters;
  • Writing summaries;
  • Data presentation;
  • Collaborating and communicating with stakeholders (eg patients, health professionals, teachers, NHS managers);
  • Writing and communicating with the public and professional psychologists.

You will also develop your critical thinking skills. We encourage you to question the evidence base of many assertions made in the media.

We will train you in the ability to take published articles in a number of domains of psychology and critically analyse components such as theoretical assumptions, methodologies used, data analysis (both qualitative and quantitative) and interpretation of the data. We will point you to wider domains of critical thinking in the realm of science.

This MRes provides one-year, master's-level postgraduate training that constitutes the first year of ESRC 1+3 postgraduate PhD studentships awarded through the ESRC Northwest Doctoral Training College for full-time, part-time and CASE students.

Information for international students

Students who have not studied in a predominantly English-speaking country are required to hold IELTS 7.0, including 7.0 in the written section, or TOEFL 100, including 25 in the written section.

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements, including English language, see entry requirements from your country .

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The MRes has ESRC recognition for the initial one year postgraduate training component. Please contact the School for further details of the funding opportunities and procedures.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0) 161 306 5439