Research Reform and Open Science (301C8)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

You will explore the reforms and practices meant to increase the quality of scientific research.

During the first part of the module, you’ll look at how planning a study is affected by the context and values of research. 

The second part of the module introduces you to measurement problems, as well as the use of qualitative methods and their role in open science.

In the final part of the module, you will explore different what it means for psychology to be scientific and why that matters. You’ll also examine the foundations of statistical inference, comparing the conceptual basis of significance testing with that of Bayesian statistics.


100%: Lecture


65%: Coursework (Essay)
35%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 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 feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.