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MSc Psychological Research

Duration: Full-time: 1 year

Min. entry requirements: 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a subject related to Psychology

English Language: IELTS 7.0, Band B

If you have an academic background in Psychology or a relevant subject and an interest in undertaking further research, you’ll find this course especially engaging.

The recently developed programme allows you to gain practical experience in research through placements across different laboratories. This approach lets you explore themes beyond traditional research boundaries. Laboratory rotation is particularly suitable if you’re interested in pursuing doctoral research, as it allows you to independently explore topics on your own terms.

You will receive training in statistics, while you’re encouraged for the research theme modules to pursue your interests in line with the Department’s research specialisms (including Behavioural Science, Lifespan Health and Wellbeing, and Language and Learning). You will do two placements during the course which
allow you to contribute directly to the research area of your chosen supervisor(s). The research project element gives you the chance to develop your own area of study, supported through the advice of relevant academics.

Recent postgraduate destinations have included psychological assistantships in the NHS and voluntary sector, as well as university and industry research.

Application Fact File

Entry Requirements

Doctorate of Clinical Psychology: 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Psychology and relevant clinical experience. Qualifications or experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis

MSc in Behavioural and Economic Science: High 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a quantitative discipline, including Psychology, Sociology, Mathematics, Engineering, and Physics. Previous experience of psychology, behavioural science, or economics is not necessary

MA in Psychology and Education: 2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) with one reference and degree transcripts

English Language Requirements

Band B, IELTS 7.0

MA in Psychology and Education:
IELTS 6.5, Band A


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Tuition Fees
(2016/17 rate)

Psychology and Education
Home/EU: £6,780
Overseas: £15,480

Psychological Research 
Home/EU: £7,780
Overseas: £22,840

Behavioural and Economic Science
Home/EU: £20,840
Overseas: £20,840

Clinical Applications of Psychology
Home/EU: £9,000
Overseas: Not available


You can access Departmental Scholarships, as well as scholarships offered through the ESRC and Leverhulme Doctoral Training Centres - Find out more.

Additional funding opportunities can be found via the Graduate School.