M.Sc. Psychological Research Methods

University of Dundee

Tuition fee:
  • € 3,910 / Year (EEA)
  • € 11,507 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014, September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The programme will lead to the award of the MSc in Psychological Research Methods or a Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate. The course offers students an excellent theoretical and practical grounding in research methods in Psychology, building upon the levels of skill and knowledge attained in their first degree in Psychology (as recognised by the British Psychological Society for Graduate Membership).

The course will provide a first year of research training for students intending to continue with postgraduate research or further professional training within Psychology (e.g. health, occupational or educational psychology) or related disciplines (e.g. sociology, social anthropology, or education). The course is accredited by the ESRC as part of the 1+3 PhD framework.

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise Psychology at the University of Dundee was ranked in the top five in Scotland, with 85% of our research rated as internationally recognised or better.

Aims of the Programme:

The programme aims to enable students to

- Pursue and develop the advanced study of research methods in Psychology and in particular to address contemporary issues of epistemology, data collection, measurement and data analysis.

- Approach problems in research by critical evaluation of existing psychological paradigms and research literature and to apply this to current theoretical or applied issues in Psychology.

- Develop advanced research skills which will be relevant to policy and practice in the workplace.

- Develop and demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in research design, methodology and statistical analysis.

- Develop and demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of current research in a specialised field of experimental or applied Psychology.

- Engage in the analysis, synthesis, planning, execution and evaluation of research at an advanced level.

- Make an original contribution to scientific knowledge, methodology or practice in a research project either grounded in experimental psychology or in an applied area relevant to the learner's employment.

- Develop and practice dissemination and presentation skills to peers and to wider academic and professional audiences.

- Provide an advanced understanding of scientific issues in the chosen topic specialisation.


The programme consists of core modules in Research Foundations, Qualitative Research Methods, Advanced Quantitative Methods and Research in Practice (to broaden their research experience).

Students will also participate in two special options which complement their current research interests. They will carry out a literature review under the guidance of their supervisor that focuses on a critical analysis of a current theoretical model. On the basis of this work they will design and carry out a dissertation project which will be written up in a form designed to be suitable for publication.

The optional modules on offer vary from year to year, a typical list is shown below:

- Science and Psychology

- Cognitive Science and Psycholinguistics

- Group Processes and Social Identity

- Memory, Ageing and the Brain

Methods of Teaching and Assessment:

A variety of teaching methods will be used, including: small group teaching, supervised study, tutorial sessions, seminars, presentations, invited speakers and discussion groups, lectures, practical classes and demonstrations.

One-on-one supervision of a literature review, a mini-project and a dissertation by a single tutor is designed to promote continuity in the learning experiences provided. Learning methods will include oral and written presentations, peer assessments of oral presentations, problem-solving assignments and feedback, and interactive computer assignments. Some of the exercises will be group-based and will be followed by presentation of the results of the analysis. Learners will be expected to be able to respond adequately to questions relating to the interpretation of the analyses.


You should hold, or expect to hold a first or second class honours degree in Psychology, conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society, will normally be required. All applicants will be assessed and approved by the Course Director and the MSc Board of Studies.

English Language Requirement: IELTS of 6.5 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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