Taught course

Research Methods in Psychology

University of Essex · Department of Psychology

Entry requirements

A good first degree (first, upper second or high lower second class) or equivalent in psychology or a related discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

If you intend to pursue a career as a research psychologist, or wish to take a research degree, then our MSc Research Methods in Psychology will give you advanced research training. It is an excellent preparation for a PhD and greatly enhance your chances of obtaining funding for your PhD.

The aims of our MSc Research Methods in Psychology are threefold: firstly, to provide an opportunity for advanced study in psychology that will extend your theoretical knowledge; secondly, to develop your critical awareness of psychological science in relation to its philosophical and biological contexts, and in relation to research in the natural and social sciences; and, finally, to provide you with knowledge and skills that prepare you for an academic career, as well as a wide range of alternative careers, and ensures you are widely sought by employers.

Our Department of Psychology has a strong reputation for research and teaching, with over half of our research defined as either 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008) and a ranking of thirteenth in the UK in the 2010 National Student Survey.

We provide excellent state-of-the-art facilities for study, with extensive laboratory space for experimental psychology and special facilities for visual and auditory perception, developmental psychology and social psychology, with our Hearing Research Laboratory and our Visual Perception Unit. We also have our Centre for Brain Sciences, a state-of-the-art research facility dedicated to the study of brain activity in relation to psychological processes. This provides a dynamic resource for psychology and neuroscience, with specialised laboratories for investigating brain activity.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0.

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations5
Written coursework / continuous assessment70
Dissertation25 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872719