Taught course

Psychology

Institution
University of Bath · Department of Psychology
Qualifications
MResMRes

Entry requirements

You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in psychology or related discipline.

Before submitting an online application you will need to do the following:

1. Identify a supervisor

Before applying for MRes Psychology, you must first find an academic who would be interested in supervising you. You can find a suitable supervisor on the research and staff page for the Department of Psychology. You can also browse Pure, the University’s research portal, for profiles of individual academics as well as the research centres, institutes and units to which they belong. Your proposed research area must be related to the academic's research interests. Some academics may suggest specific areas for you to consider.

2. Make contact, discuss and develop a research proposal

Once you have identified a suitable supervisor (or supervisors), email them to indicate your interest in applying for the MRes program, attaching a relevant research proposal. You should describe how your research interests match theirs and refer to at least 1 published article of theirs that you have read. Also state how your undergraduate qualifications and work experience have prepared you for the research you wish to carry out and why you are seeking a place at Bath. Your proposal should not be more than 4 pages in length and must include a brief description of your proposed objectives, methods of investigation, the historical background to the project; and how it will contribute to the field (who will benefit from this research; how will they benefit; what will be done to ensure that they have the opportunity to benefit). This proposal is not binding, and may be modified in consultation with your supervisor or during the course of the research. Once accepted onto the program, however, you can only change supervisors in exceptional circumstances.

Alternatively, you might contact a supervisor, express your intention to study with them, and discuss ideas for your research, prior to submitting a proposal to them.

Once an academic staff member has agreed to supervise you, you may then apply formally to the MRes program, including your proposal, and indicating which staff member has agreed to supervise.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years you completed your degree in the UK you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Develop in-depth knowledge and skills of research methods. Prepare yourself for an academic or professional career with a focus on psychology.

This course will expose you to a toolkit of methods you can use in your future research projects. In addition, you will have the opportunity to develop your practical skills in specific research methods; develop your theoretical thinking about research; and work closely on several of your own projects with an academic who is an active researcher in their field.

This course aims to equip you with the skills to design, conduct, analyse and report a wide range of research projects and make you an efficient consumer of other people’s research. You will also acquire the communication skills and other key skills necessary to become an excellent researcher.

South West Doctoral Training Partnership

This MRes is recognised by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), specifically, as part of the larger South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP). It can be taken as a course in its own right or if you hold an SWDTP studentship you can take the 1+3 (MRes + PhD) pathway.

If you wish to be considered for a 1+3 SWDTP studentship, then you must apply for your preferred PhD route and not the stand alone MRes. You should follow our how to apply and funding guidelines.

For those holding a 1+3 SWDTP studentship, progression from the MRes to the MPhil or PhD stage is dependent on an acceptable level of achievement.

Fees and funding

View available funding opportunities.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MRes
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    1 year full-time

Course contact details

Name
Taught Postgraduate Admissions
Email
pgtadmissions@bath.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1225 385 115