Taught course

Research Methods in Psychology

University of Hertfordshire · School of Life and Medical Sciences

Entry requirements

Minimum of a 2.2 in an honours degree, however applicants will typically be expected to have produced work at a 2:1 level from an appropriate subject - Psychology or Cognitive Science or acceptable equivalent(s).

Months of entry


Course content

This degree is ideal for all those wishing to become professional researchers in psychology working either in an academic or professional institution.

On this course, you will be introduced to a wide range of experimental tools used in research, and will learn how to plan, conduct and critically appraise research to a professional standard. As part of the course, you will also have the opportunity to work on a research apprenticeship with a senior researcher and develop your own independent research project.

In addition to these skills, you will be given professional training on how to disseminate your work to a non-academic audience through presentation skills, speaking with the media, and managing your profile. The course aims to develop practical skills that are essential to becoming a researcher, including how to write a peer-review of a journal article and how to prepare for a viva (oral) examination.

You can also tailor your qualification to suit your needs. Firstly, you can choose between having a focus on advanced quantitative or qualitative analysis depending on the type of research you would like to specialise in. You can then choose to specialise in your own area of psychology from a selection of optional content modules in different areas of psychology (subject to availability).

The course offers a set of transferable skills for a variety of research settings involving:

  • Appropriate information presentation,
  • Evaluation and analysis of data,
  • A range of methods of communication results,
  • Effective use of information technology
  • Teaching skills

Information for international students

An IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent will be required if English is not the first language.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
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