This programme covers: the critical appreciation of existing research and research methods in a chosen research area; designing, managing and reporting on an extended research project; and subject-specific IT skills.
It enables you to conduct extended supervised research in a focused area within contemporary psychology, such as psychosocial studies, brain and cognitive development, or computational cognitive neuroscience. You will have the opportunity to attend research seminars organised by the Department of Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck and a number of other local research centres and institutes.
The programme is designed for graduates in psychology and related disciplines who have prior research skills training and who are seeking to complete a specific, well-defined research project. If you would like to carry out research in any area of contemporary psychology, either at PhD level or in the private sector, it will prepare you with a range of appropriate research skills and experiences.
How to apply
Application deadlines and interviews
You can apply at any time of the year.
Psychology (MRes) (Part-time)
Psychology (MRes) (Full-time)
You take 2 modules and complete a supervised research dissertation.
Good degree (2:1 or above desirable) in psychology or a relevant discipline, with prior advanced training (normally graduate level) in psychological research methods.
Applicants with undergraduate qualifications only should normally apply for the MSc Psychological Research Methods.
You must submit a research proposal upon application. Please refer to our staff research interests to help you with this.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests and at least 7.0 in writing.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
Part-time home/EU students: £
paFull-time home/EU students: £
paPart-time overseas students: £
paFull-time overseas students: £
Payment and Fees Discounts
Funding and Financial Support
Careers and employability
Graduates can pursue careers in psychology, education, human resources and management. Possible professions include clinical psychologist, further education lecturer, or human resources officer. This degree may also be useful in becoming a counsellor, careers adviser, or educational psychologist.
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Teaching and assessment
A combination of lectures, tutorials and project supervision.
1 essay or equivalent written work of 2000-2500 words; a research presentation; a project dissertation of approximately 20,000 words. No written examinations.