School of Psychology

Psychological Methods

(MRes) Psychological Methods

Entry for 2013

FHEQ level

This course is set at Level 7 (Masters) in the national Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Course Aims

This course provides the research training in psychological methods for those wishing to pursue a doctorate in psychology (or related disciplines) or to pursue other paths within psychology research. The course provides strong training in both qualitative and quantitative research methods, in the philosophical underpinnings of psychology, and in the day-to-day research skills used by psychological scientists. A major component of the training involves conducting independent research under the supervision of a member of academic staff.

Course learning outcomes

Demonstrate an ability to use the methods of psychological research including quantitative and qualitative methods, and advanced Empirical Methods.

Demonstrate an ability to use the methods of psychological research including quantitative and qualitative methods, and advanced Empirical Methods. The MRes requires the same for advanced quantitative methods.

Demonstrate an ability to conduct research in psychology, both complete pieces of research and day-to-day laboratory activities

Show evidence of advanced scholarship that enables the student to demonstrate awareness of ethical issues in psychology and show the ability to apply them to particular pieces of research

Show evidence of advanced scholarship that enables the student to evaluate the conceptual foundations of psychology as a science

Show evidence of advanced scholarship that enables the student to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses

Show evidence of advanced scholarship that enables the student to conduct a wide range of statistical analyses in order to test hypotheses and make valid inferences

Use the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility

Use the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations

Show enhanced skills in learning and presenting new subject areas the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn TeachingCoreEthics, Philosophy and Methods of Research (301C8)157
  CoreLinear Models in Statistics (976C8)157
  OptionApplications of Social Psychology (921C8)157
  Social Neuroscience (994C8)157
  Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience (901C8)157
 Autumn & Spring TeachingCoreResearch Internship (973C8)307
 Spring TeachingCoreStructural Equation Modelling (975C8)157
 Spring & Summer TeachingCoreResearch Dissertation (935C8)607
 Summer TeachingCoreAdvanced Research Methods in Psychology (30 credits) (302C8)307

Part-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn TeachingCoreEthics, Philosophy and Methods of Research (301C8)157
  CoreLinear Models in Statistics (976C8)157
  OptionApplications of Social Psychology (921C8)157
  Social Neuroscience (994C8)157
  Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience (901C8)157
 Spring TeachingCoreStructural Equation Modelling (975C8)157
 Summer TeachingCoreAdvanced Research Methods in Psychology (30 credits) (302C8)307
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Spring & Summer TeachingCoreResearch Dissertation (935C8)607

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