Research Methods with Psychology MSc

City University London
Course summary
2 years
9,000 GBP
Full time
Next available date: September 2020 - London

Course description

Research Methods with Psychology MSc

Research Methods with Psychology MSc - a City University degree programme

The MSc in Research Methods with Psychology provides training in psychological research methods including research design, statistical methods, and relevant software. The course also includes seminars, computing classes, individual research projects and dissertations.

The programme borrows concepts from other MSc programmes such as generalised linear model/regression training, undertaken using R software, qualitative methods training, computational modelling and narrative approaches to learning.

Suitability - Who should attend?

  • You should have or expect to gain a first or upper second-class honours degree with psychology or a related discipline as a main field of study or a first degree from the CNAA.
  • Or a first degree from an overseas institution recognised by City University London as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia, Canada or the USA.
  • Applications are also welcome from those with experience of working in a relevant area.
  • Equivalent qualifications from an overseas university will be considered.

For students whose first language is not English, the following qualifications will meet the English language requirement for entry to a postgraduate course of study:

  • A first degree from a UK university or from the CNAA
  • A first degree from an overseas institution recognised by the University as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia, Canada or the USA.
  • GCE O-level/GCSE English language or English literature, grade C minimum.
  • Cambridge ESOL CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) at grade C or above.
  • An overall score of 7.0 in the English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum of 6.5 for each subtest.
  • A score of 120 in the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Satisfactory standard in the verbal section of the Princeton Test (GMAT).
  • US SAT with 500 in verbal performance.
  • Warwick English Language Test (WELT) with pass grades of BBC minimum.
  • Other evidence of proficiency in the English language which satisfies the board of studies concerned.

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study. /p>

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

The Research Methods with Psychology MSc programme covers an array of methodological content which will provide you with the skills necessary to engage in research in public or private-sector organisations (e.g. local government or market research firms) or alternatively continue on to a PhD in preparation for an academic research career. By offering modules from several masters programmes, this course will allow you to gain broad-ranging research skills that leave your future options open, whilst allowing you to engage with a range of students on more specialised programmes, thus providing specific practical examples to help ground abstract research concepts.

This course will enable you to...

This programme of study is suitable for progression on to a PhD programme.

Training Course Content

This is a composite programme, which provides you with the opportunity to study modules from several of our other MSc courses. Your research methods training is thus situated within several psychological sub-disciplines. The links below will often take you to descriptions provided within the contextof the programme from which the module originates.

Core modules:

  • Behavioural Research Methods: Design & Analysis
  • Applied Econometrics and Psychological Research Methods
  • Research Methods & Programming
  • Statistical Models
  • Research Design & Analysis: Intra-subject approaches
  • Preliminary Research Proposal

Elective modules:

  • Fundamentals of Cognitive Science
  • Psychological Processes: Individual and Social
  • Research in Action
  • Lifespan, Gender & Culture
  • Behavioural Medicine
  • Principles of Neuroscience: Brain anatomy, techniques and paradigms
  • Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Fundamental Processes in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology I
  • Social Cognition and the Social Brain
  • Research, Design & Analysis
  • Coaching and research in organisations
  • Epidemiology

Please note: the elective modules on offer may vary each year.

The programme is available full time. It is made up of 75 credits worth of taught modules, 45 credits worth of elective modules, and an empirical research project (worth 60 credits). Most taught modules are worth 15 credits. The taught modules are completed in the Autumn and Spring terms, while the dissertation is completed mainly during the summer period.

The general approach to teaching and learning in this programme is through a combination of lectures, interactive sessions, practical workshops and small group classes, including individual and group presentations. Thus, you are expected to give presentations, to engage in discussions designed to encourage you to reflect on issues raised in the lectures, to expand further specific topics, and to develop your communication skills. You are encouraged to undertake extensive reading in order to understand the topics covered in lectures and classes and to broaden and deepen your knowledge of the subject. The teaching and learning process is supported by resources available on CityÔÇÖs virtual learning environment, Moodle, and by a personal tutorial system, as well as the welfare services provided by the University.

Assessment of the Programme outcomes is done by coursework (i.e. assessed essays and assignments, for example stats tests, research proposal presentations, and programming exercises), unseen examinations, and a summer dissertation.



  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,000 (per year)

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