Research Skills in Psychology (307C8)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This module introduces you to the skills necessary for conducting psychological research. This module explores analysing the data obtained from experimental and quasi-experimental studies in psychology. You will be taught how to analyse data quantitatively, using statistical techniques as well as under what circumstances various statistical tests are appropriate. You will be shown how to produce written reports of their findings as set out by the American Psychological Association. You will be taught various research-related IT skills, including digital literature searches, and how to use SPSS to perform statistical tests and display data.


57%: Lecture
43%: Practical (Laboratory)


100%: Coursework (Computer-based examination, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 15 hours of contact time and about 135 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.