Research course


University of Edinburgh · School of Philosophy, Psychology and Languages Science
MSc by researchMSc by research

Entry requirements

The MSc is designed to be accessible to students who have an undergraduate degree in psychology or a related discipline. Interested candidates with other backgrounds are encouraged to contact a potential supervisor in the first instance. In addition to the supporting documents requested on the application form, candidates are asked to submit a personal statement.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme offers students the opportunity to focus in detail on a chosen area of the subject, while still being able to take some taught courses. It is intended for those who already have a good background in psychology, typically from undergraduate study.

The main part of the programme will involve writing a dissertation, and it is recommended that candidates should have an idea of their chosen topic or area before applying.

Students are given support in developing this topic during the year by an appointed supervisor and by dedicated training in research methodology.

Courses are offered from the wide range of subjects taught at Masters level within Psychology.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

full time
12 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months

Course contact details

PPLS Postgraduate Office