Taught course

Psychological Research Methods

University of Sheffield · Department of Psychology

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in psychology or a related subject. Applicants will need evidence of undergraduate training in statistics for psychology.

Months of entry


Course content

Tailor your training to your research interests and career goals, from clinical and cognitive to developmental and social psychology, as you study the latest techniques from published psychologists.

Course description

Throughout your course, you will learn the latest techniques in cutting-edge psychological research from the psychologists who are using them in their published studies.

These include neuroimaging (EEG, fMRI), behavioural genetics, experimental methodologies, qualitative methods (including diary studies), systematic review and meta-analysis methodologies as well as specialist methods for working with infants, children and co-producing research with non-academic partners.

We'll teach you the skills you need and give you the opportunities to apply them to the area of psychology that you are interested in.

From week one, you'll begin training in a range of skills that are important for psychologists in academia and professional roles. You will understand ethical issues in research, learn how to write a grant proposal, receive training in multivariate statistics, and develop your presentation skills ready to take part in our annual student-led summer conference.

The research project gives you the opportunity to focus on a chosen psychological research question in detail under the supervision of one of our world-class researchers. You can choose a supervisor from an area of psychology that matches your research interests and future career aspirations within cognitive, developmental, social or clinical psychology.

These projects give you the opportunity to put your new research methods knowledge into practice while addressing an issue at the cutting edge of psychological research.

Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/courses

Information for international students

English language requirements:

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with 6.0 in the other components, or equivalent.

For more information about entry requirements for international students, please visit https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/international/applying/postgraduate-taught

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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