Lancaster University

Lancaster University

Psychological Research Methods

The programme focuses on developing the tools and skills used at the cutting edge of research in the psychological sciences. This course provides Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-accredited research training for graduates whose first degree contains a significant component of psychology. The course consists of taught modules followed by an independent project supervised by a member of staff and resulting in a dissertation. It is especially suited to applicants who are considering doing a PhD, or wish to develop their research skills in preparation for further professional training (e.g. Clinical, Forensic, Educational, Health, Occupational Psychology), or who require additional training in psychological research methods to apply to their work environment.

Entry requirements

An upper 2nd Class Honours degree in psychology, or its equivalent, including research design and statistical methods. IELTS: 6.5 or equivalent.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: Conducting and presenting psychological research; statistics for psychological research (two modules); research dissertation. Optional modules (choose from topics in the following areas, which vary year-to-year and are aligned with our expertise): Applied aspects of psychology; cognitive psychology; developmental psychology; neuroscience; social psychology.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include coursework and a dissertation.

Sponsorship information

Departmental bursaries may be available.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,830 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 17,880 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Part-time £ 3,415 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Lancaster University Lancaster LA1 4YW North West

Key information

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