University of St Andrews

University of St Andrews

Research Methods in Psychology

The programme is based on a recent initiative in the social sciences to provide interdisciplinary training in the social sciences plus advanced research training in psychology. On completion, students should be equipped with the necessary skills to facilitate research at MPhil or PhD level in the area of psychology or to go on to a clinical training programme. In addition, we also want to facilitate conversion to psychology from business and economic backgrounds to improve employability for a wider range of job opportunities. The programme will provide a detailed knowledge of the core areas of psychology and principal theoretical and methodological issues in the field. The programme will also provide students with the statistical and methodological skills necessary to undertake research in psychology.

Entry requirements

MSc entry: An Honours degree (1st Class or 2.1) in Psychology from a British university, or its equivalent from an overseas institution. Graduates whose initial training has been in a cognate discipline are also welcome. All applicants whose first language is not English, require IELTS 7.0 or above (minimum 7.5 in writing component). Conversion Diploma: A good 2.1 Honours degree, in any subject other than psychology, from a British university, or equivalent qualification standard from an overseas university. English language proficiency: IELTS 7.0 or above, 7.5 or above in writing skill component.

Course modules

Modules include: Social science research training; generic research, and professional skills in psychology; methods of data analysis in psychology; research project. Conversion Diploma: Quantitative research methods; methods of data analysis in psychology, review essay; conceptual issues, and theoretical perspectives; assessment in clinical psychology; developmental psychology; social psychology. Optional modules (choice of 2 modules with restriction): Cognitive, and behavioural neuroscience; evolutionary, and comparative psychology; perception; cognition. Research project (compulsory).

Assessment methods

Assessment includes for the MSc: 9 months of coursework followed by a dissertation of up to 15,000 words.

Sponsorship information

Carnegie-Cameron bursaries; entrant accommodation bursary; Formula Santander postgraduate scholarship; recent graduate discount; Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust bursary.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 5,500 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 18,470 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 5,500 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of St Andrews St Andrews KY16 9AX Scotland

Key information

Postgraduate Secretary for Psychology
Telephone number: 
01334 462157