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.

Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree (2.1 honours or above) in psychology or a relevant discipline. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests and at least 7.0 in writing.

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.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,950 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,950 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,075 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Part-time day October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time day October 2016 GBP 7,050 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time day October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time day October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time day October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc Part-time day October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Psychological Sciences
Telephone number: 
020 7631 6535