Taught course

Psychological Methods

University of Sussex · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in psychology or a closely related subject such as neuroscience

Months of entry


Course content

A particular feature of this course is the two-term research internship taught in our highly research-oriented School. The MRes provides a strong grounding in the methods and concepts of psychology and offers advanced research training.


The taught modules are assessed by a variety of methods that include term papers, presentations and unseen examinations. The project is assessed by a dissertation.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

On this course, you take a series of taught modules that help you develop knowledge and skills in research methods and data analysis. This provides you with a firm foundation for conducting advanced psychological research. Modules include:

  • four modules in research methods and data analysis (75 credits), which help you gain expertise in the key research skills used in this field, including choices from an array of specialist techniques including multilevel modelling, meta-analysis, fMRI and TMS
  • a research internship (30 credits) to give you hands-on experience of working as a researcher with a member of faculty
  • an option in one area of psychological research (15 credits), including cognitive neuroscience or social and applied psychology
  • a substantial research project in your chosen field (60 credits), supervised by a member of faculty specialising in that area.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit:www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment60
Dissertation40 (20000 words)

Course contact details

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