Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Psychological Research Methods

This Master's degree 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 - 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. This programme is accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as recognised postgraduate training programmes, and suitably qualified applicants who wish to take this course in preparation for a PhD can apply for funding on the ESRC's 1+3 scheme. Highlights - Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck were rated fifth in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) and we achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to research of world-leading quality. - Psychology at Birkbeck is ranked third best in London, ninth in the UK and 85th globally in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject. - Provides you with a range of appropriate research skills and experiences for research at PhD level or in the private sector. - Opportunity to attend research seminars organised by Birkbeck and a number of other local research centres and institutes.

Entry requirements

MSc: Undergraduate degree (2:1 honours or above) in psychology or a relevant discipline.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

Each of the six taught modules is separately assessed by one essay or an equivalent piece of written work, normally of 2000-2500 words. In addition, you 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.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2019 9,950 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 9,950 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 16,200 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 9,950 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 9,950 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 9,950 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 9,950 per Whole course (England) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 9,950 per Whole course (EU) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 9,950 per Whole course (Wales) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 16,200 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 9,950 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 9,950 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 Years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Psychological Sciences
Telephone number: 
02076316535