Psychology
School of Life Sciences

Postgraduate research

The Psychology subject group offers three different types of postgraduate research course: the PhD, the MSc (Research) and the MRes.

If you are interested in doing a research project with us, please have a look at the project list for guidance about the research areas in which the department can offer supervision. Initial inquiries should be made to the member of staff whom you would like to supervise your research.

View the postgraduate project list >

MSc (Research) and MRes

The MSc and MRes both last one year full time, and provide an excellent grounding in the skills required to conduct scientific psychology research. They can lead to a variety of careers in research and the applied psychologies.

We encourage you to first identify a suitable member of staff for your research project. When a member of staff has agreed to supervise your research project in principle, you can make a formal application - view details of how to apply.

  MRes MSc (Research)
Length One year (full time) One year (full time)
Taught elements

Three modules (20 credits each), including:

 

1. Statistics and Design

2. Professional Practice and Communication Skills

 

And ONE of the following:

 

3. Critical Appraisal Skills and Philosophy of Psychology

4. MATLAB Programming for Behavioural Scientists

One module (20 credits)

 

1. Statistics and Design

Dissertation 24,000 word dissertation (120 credits) 50,000 word dissertation (100 credits)
Entry requirements Honours degree in Psychology or allied discipline (2.1 or above) Honours degree in Psychology or allied discipline (2.1 or above)

PhD

A PhD, which lasts 3 years, is typically the requirement for those wishing to pursue a career in academia and includes a major independent empirical research project.

Our funded and non-funded PhD opportunities are advertised on the Psychology research degrees page.

We encourage you to first identify a suitable member of staff for your research project. When a member of staff has agreed to supervise your research project in principle, you can make a formal application here - view details of how to apply.

Length 3 years (full time)
Taught elements

Three modules (20 credits each), including:

 

1. Statistics and Design

2. Professional Practice and Communication Skills

 

And ONE of the following:

 

3. Critical Appraisal Skills and Philosophy of Psychology

4. MATLAB Programming for Behavioural Scientists

Dissertation 100,000 word dissertation
Entry requirements Honours degree in Psychology or allied discipline (2.1 or above).

Fees, financial help and available bursaries

Please see our money pages for more information about fees and financial help and bursaries.

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