Taught course

Research Methods in Psychology

University of Kent · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with: a. Adequate level of academic achievement A final degree classification (grade average) of at least a 2:1 or Merit in the UK system (the second highest classification after First/Distinction). Results from institutions in other countries will be assessed individually according to this standard. Applicants with undergraduate degrees in psychology are preferred and those with related social sciences or science degrees are considered on a case by case basis. If the undergraduate degree is in a different subject, or if it is not accredited by the British Psychological Society, please ask your academic referee to complete the Pro-forma for Research Methods in Psychology and email it to psypgadmissions@kent.ac.uk. b. Statistics and research methods training in the social sciences This programme includes a one-year statistics sequence which you must normally pass in order to receive your award. The teaching assumes that you are familiar with the following topics:

  1. Means and standard deviations
  2. Distributions, hypothesis testing and statistical significance
  3. t-tests
  4. Correlation coefficients
  5. Variables and measurement Therefore, your existing degree transcript should note that you have taken and passed a minimum of one term each in statistics and social science research methods courses (or two terms of a joint statistics and research methods course).

Months of entry


Course content

Gain a thorough understanding of psychology at a theoretical and practical level, from basic learning and cognition to prejudice and persuasion. The programme covers four core elements: advanced statistics and methodology, current issues in theory and research, advanced research in psychology and your dissertation.

Develop critical, analytic and problem-solving skills that can be applied in a wide range of settings. The flexibility of the programme makes it ideal for graduates wishing to become professionals and specialists in a number of fields in psychology research.

You choose modules from those on offer in the more specialised Master’s programmes and undertake a project in one of the major research areas of the School.

The programme is composed of two compulsory modules and four option modules. The compulsory modules are Advanced Statistics and Methodology (SP801) and a supervised empirical or theoretical dissertation (SP998).

View this year's timetable (PDF). Please note that timetabling and modules may change from year to year.

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages.Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Fees and funding

Please visit our funding web pages for the most current opportunities and application details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations10
Written coursework / continuous assessment57
Dissertation33 (8000 words)

Course contact details

School of Psychology
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+44 (0)1227 827030