University of Stirling

University of Stirling

Measuring Perception

As we make our way around the world we are continually making decisions and performing actions that are driven by our sense organs. Our perception of the world is not just sensory information, but instead an interpretation based on what our brain expects as well as what it is being told by sense organs. Understanding and measuring perception distinct from sensation is a complex task. This course ensures that students acquire an understanding of how to measure perceptual experience in a bias-free manner, including the basic framework for understanding such measurements. Students also acquire practical experience in making measurements of perceptual experience through a research project and opportunity to conduct a placement in a laboratory context.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2nd Class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on students conducting and reporting on a small research project (6000 words) involving a measurement of perception.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 4,750 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 12,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Part-time £ 4,750 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
MSc Part-time £ 12,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Stirling Campus Stirling FK9 4LA Scotland

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