Taught course

Psychology Research Methods

University of Nottingham · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent).

Students must have experience or a background in research methods or statistics, and ideally a background in psychology or a related discipline such as neuroscience or social sciences.

IELTS: 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each element.

Months of entry


Course content

This course will help you discover different approaches that are available to address your own research questions and to develop your research skills.

In addition to the core material, we offer a wide range of optional modules from inside and outside the school, and you will also conduct an independent research project. We will encourage you to follow your passions to help you with your future career goals.

The course will help you:

  • understand qualitative or quantitative research methods
  • critically evaluate psychological research methods and various types of data
  • develop skills in literature search and reviewing
  • examine the professional skills required for an advanced researcher (including applying for funding) in the academic, public and private sectors

Study full or part-time

The course is based on two taught semesters of full-time study, from late September to mid-June, plus the summer period, ending in September, when you undertake your research project. The course can also be based on two years of part-time study.

Part-time students on this course are taught alongside full-time students and the choice of modules (and therefore the timetable) is flexible and a matter for agreement between student and course director.

Part-time students can access a wide range of teaching and learning facilities remotely via the student portal.

Individual research project

This course is linked to the research groups in the school:

We also offer optional modules from other areas in the University including the School of Medicine’s Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology and the Faculty of Social Sciences. Some projects may also be available in these areas.

Our expansive research means we can offer a variety of research projects. Past project titles have included:

  • Narrating Life Stories of Adversity, Challenge and Failure
  • Brain Mechanisms of Speech Communication
  • Is the McCollough Effect Reduced in High Schizotypy Participants?
  • Attitudes Towards Harm Minimisation Approaches for Self Harm
  • Understanding Student Satisfaction

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559