Research course

Psychology (MRes)

University of Chester · Department of Psychology

Entry requirements

Possession of a 2:1 honours degree in any area of psychology or social science relevant to the proposed area of study, together with a demonstration by the applicant at interview that they are prepared for study at MRes level, is required. The proposed area of study must fit with the Department of Psychology’s research portfolio. A 2:2 honours degree will only be considered in combination with extensive relevant experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MRes course provides the opportunities and support needed to develop into a competent psychological researcher. This course is ideal for aspiring researchers and aspiring applied psychologists alike.

On our MRes course, over 75% of your time will be dedicated to conducting your own research project, with expert supervision. The remaining time is spent learning how to design a study, collect and analyse data, and write up and disseminate your findings. The key to any MRes course is the availability of supervision with expertise relevant to your research question. Chester’s Psychology Department offers a broad range of experience and expertise, covering both applied areas and fundamental psychological science.

If you are considering applying, please note that it is necessary before applying to have checked with the course leader (Dr Nicola Lasikiewicz) whether the department has the capacity to supervise your proposed project. The course leader can also put you in touch with potential supervisors who may be able to support you in developing a research idea to begin with. Please feel free to use our enquiry form to contact Dr Lasikiewicz. Please note the application deadline is 10th September 2018, and it is therefore desirable to start the process well in advance of this date.

Both taught modules are classroom-based, and provide good staff - student ratios to ensure you get the support you need. Enrolling on an MRes is contingent on your research fitting with the expertise of one of our supervisors, and you will then work with that person throughout the course on a one-to-one basis.

If studying full time, you should expect to spend up to 40 hours per week studying. Though it depends somewhat on the project you design, it’s reasonable to expect no more than six hours of contact time per week. Across the course you should also expect approximately 60 hours of classroom/lecture time and 12 hours of supervision. Time allocation would be approximately half of this per year for part-time study, taken across two years.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Department of Psychology