Taught course

Psychological Research Methods: Evolution and Behaviour

University of Stirling · Faculty of Natural Sciences

Entry requirements

First or upper second class Honours degree in Psychology or a related discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

The focus on evolution and behaviour allows students to take a specialised taught module, a research placement and a research project all within this area of study. We have both in-house expertise and excellent collaborative links to help students gain practical research experience in animal behaviour and human evolutionary psychology. All our taught and research postgraduates are integrated within our active behaviour and evolution research group.

Course objectives

The course provides advanced training as a preparation for a research career in Psychology, primarily for those intending to proceed to a PhD in the area of evolutionary psychology, comparative cognition or animal behaviour. It may also be suitable for meeting continuing professional development needs for those working in related applied contexts. You will become an integral member of a lively and active research group and we will support you in making the complex transition towards being an independent research scientist.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (minimum 6 in each skill), or TOEFL: Listening 23, Reading 23, Speaking 23, Writing 23.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
9 months
part time
18 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)

Course contact details

Dr Sarah Vick
+44 (0)1786 467648