Taught course

Psychological Research Methods and Advanced Statistics

University of Sheffield · Department of Psychology

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


Course content

About the course

Specialist training in advanced statistical methods is becoming highly desirable and qualifications with a statistics component make students highly employable, especially in newly emerging sectors like data science. This degree is excellent preparation for these areas of work or for a PhD with any sort of quantitative dimension.

Training is provided by a professional statistician who receives excellent teaching ratings year on year from Psychology students.

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.


This degree will put you in a good position to obtain a graduate job that requires strong quantitative skills, such as market research, analytics or data science.

Core Modules

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

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with 7.0 in Writing and 6.0 in Reading, Speaking and Listening, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Angela Young
+44 (0)114 222 6564