Taught course

Research Methods of Psychological Science

University of Glasgow · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

Normally at least a 2:1 Honours degree in psychology or neuroscience or acceptable equivalent(s). As part of the admission process we prioritise matching your interests with one of our academic supervisors to ensure that we have the expertise to adequately supervise you. Please email the programme co-coordinator, Dr Monika Harvey, with your research interests, and we will help you find out if we have the available expertise to supervise you.

Months of entry


Course content

This Masters in Research Methods of Psychological Science will provide you with both theoretical instruction and practical experience in the methods appropriate for scientific research in psychology.

Why Glasgow

  • With a 98% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2014, the School of Psychology continues to meet student expectations combining both teaching excellence and a supportive learning environment.
  • This MSc is an approved research training programme of the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) and can either be the first year of a ‘1+3’ funding package or qualify you for future ‘+3’ funding.
  • The University of Glasgow’s School of Psychology is consistently ranked amongst the top 10 in the UK and top 5 in Scotland, recently achieving 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2015).
  • You will benefit from innovative assessment, including portfolio of professional skills, peer review and writing up a research project in the format of a journal article.
  • You will benefit from access to the resources of the University’s Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging (CCNi), including a 3 Tesla fMRI scanner, MEG system, two TMS labs, and several EEG labs, including fMRI compatible systems. Dedicated motion capture suites record precise 3D body movements and facial animation sequences. Eye movements can be followed remotely using our SR Research EyeLink systems.

Programme Structure

Modes of delivery of the MSc in Research Methods of Psychological Science include lectures, seminars and tutorials and lab work.

Core courses

  • Current research topics in psychology, neuroscience and brain imaging
  • Introduction to Matlab programming
  • Professional skills
  • Research methods in cognitive science
  • Statistics and research design
  • Designing a research project.

Depending on your funding source, you may also be required to attend a course in qualitative methods.

Optional courses (one chosen)

  • Cognitive brain imaging
  • Computational neuroscience
  • Formal models and quantitative methods
  • Psychology of language
  • Sleep and circadian timing
  • Visual perception and cognition.

You will also attend Scottish universities’ psychology postgraduate meetings, research seminars and journal clubs.

Resources and Facilities

We use a variety of specialised equipment for capturing the behavioural activity of participants in experiments. This can be either for generating experimental stimuli, or for recording behavioural responses in a laboratory setting or through a web survey.

Recording the body
We use a dedicated Motion Capture Suite comprising 12 F40 Vicon Cameras for recording precise 3D body movements.

Recording the face
A Dimensional Imaging 4D capture system is used to capture 3D facial animation sequences using passive stereo photogrammetry.

Recording the eyes
Eye movements can be followed remotely using our SR Research EyeLink 2000 Desktop System.

Recording neural activity
The CCNi houses state-of-the-art imaging equipment for measuring brain activity. Facilities include dedicated fMRI, MEG, EEG, and TMS systems.

fMRI lab:
3 Tesla Tim Trio Siemens scanner
Nordic Neuro Lab System (NNL) stimulus presentation and eye tracking system.

MEG lab:
4D-Neuroimaging Magnes 3600 WH (248 sensors) MEG system
Optotrak Certus motion capture system
Applied Science Laboratories (ASL) LRO-6 eye tracking system
Digital Projection dVision 1080p Projector

EEG lab:
Biosemi Active 2 (128-channel) EEG system

TMS lab:
Magstim Bistim Module
Magstim Super rapid2
Frameless stereotaxy system (Neuronaviagor): Brainsight
TMS- and fMRI-compatible EEG amplifier: 64 channel BrainVision BrainAmp MR plus
EMG amplifier: Cambridge Electronics Design 1401 data acquisition system and 1902 amplifiers

Information for international students

IELTS: overall score 6.5; no sub-test less than 6.0; ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20. CAE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169 CPE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169. PTE Academic: 60; no sub-test less than 59

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Monika Harvey