Taught course

Psychological Research Methods

Institution
University of Sheffield · Department of Psychology
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in psychology or a closely related discipline. Evidence of undergraduate training in statistics for psychology is also required.

Months of entry

September

Course content

About the course

This course is designed to help you become an independent researcher, capable of explaining human behaviour using cutting edge methodological techniques.

Working with an expert in your chosen field of psychology, you’ll become highly proficient in statistical analysis, project management and report writing.

There are lectures, seminars and workshops. You’re assessed on written coursework, presentations and a research dissertation.

Where your masters can take you

You’ll develop the skills and knowledge for all sorts of careers. Many of our graduates continue to PhD level. Others work as research associates and assistant psychologists for employers such as universities and the NHS. Throughout your course, you’ll have frequent reviews with your tutor to discuss your learning needs and objectives.

Applying psychology in the real world

Our ongoing collaborative projects with hospitals, mental health care units, the police and prison service, and several leading firms in business and industry will show you how psychology can be applied in the real world.

You’ll also benefit from our research excellence. We don’t just focus on one or two specialisms – with active researchers in most areas of psychology, we are consistently one of the highest-ranked research departments in the UK.

Our facilities

Whatever your particular interest, we have the facilities for your research. Our research environment was rated amongst the best in the country in the last national assessment. We are exceptionally well resourced for research in Social and Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Developmental Psychology, with a dedicated suite of rooms for different participant groups.

To give you the right tools for your research, there is a fully equipped neuroscience unit with excellent facilities for brain imaging, neuroanatomy, electrophysiology, behavioural neuroscience and computational neuroscience. We have access to a small-bore MRI device and to the University’s MRI facility for human studies.

Careers

Many of our graduates go on to a PhD and a research career in academia or industry.

Core modules

Multivariate Statistics for Psychology; Research Methods; Current Issues in Psychological Research; Professional Skills for Psychologists; Systematically Reviewing Psychological Research; Research Project in Psychology.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with 7.0 in Writing and 6.0 in the other components, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
Email
a.young@sheffield.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)114 222 6564