Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Psychological Research Methods

This programme provides in-depth training in both the quantitative and qualitative methods employed in contemporary psychological research. It covers: critical appreciation of existing research and research methods; philosophical foundations of approaches to research within cognitive and social psychology; formulation of hypotheses; designing and reporting experiments using a range of research methodologies; and subject-specific IT skills. The programme combines Birkbeck's strengths in qualitative and quantitative psychological research methods. It provides you with the opportunity to conduct supervised research in a wide range of areas within contemporary psychology, such as psychosocial studies, brain and cognitive development, and computational cognitive neuroscience.

Course modules

You take 5 compulsory modules, 3 option modules and complete a supervised research dissertation. Compulsory modules: Advanced Quantitative Methods; Contemporary Psychological Research; Generic Research Skills; Qualitative Methods; Research Design and Critical Analysis. Term 1 option 1 modules (choose 1): Families; Introduction to Matlab Programming; Neuroimaging Methods. Term 2 option 2 modules (choose 1): Computational Approaches to Mind; Critical Book Review; Development Cognitive Neuroscience; Sensorimotor Processes and Attention. Term 2 option 3 modules (choose 1): Advanced Matlab Programming; Child Development in a Social Context; Structure and Measurement of the Human Brain. MSc Psychological Research Methods Dissertation: MSc Psychology Research Dissertation.

Assessment methods

Each of the 6 taught modules is separately assessed by 1 essay or an equivalent piece of written work, normally of 2000-2500 words. In addition, candidates must submit a dissertation with an empirical component of approximately 10,000 words. Apart from 'Structure and Measurement of the Human Brain', there are no written examinations. For the Matlab options, there will be programming assessments.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2018 GBP 14,800 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2018 GBP 9,250 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 GBP 7,425 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 GBP 4,625 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Department of Psychological Sciences
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