• Status: Fully Approved
  • Start date: October 2017
  • Duration:

    2 years part-time or 1 year full-time

  • Attendance:

    1 half-day a week, October to September

  • Location:

    Central London

Programme overview

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

You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application link below.

Please complete a supplementary application form in addition to the online application. This must include a statement of your proposed research, focusing on the research expertise of at least 1 member of our academic staff, so that we can provide adequate supervision.

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Application deadlines and interviews

You can apply at any time of the year.

Online application

Psychology (MRes) (Part-time)

Psychology (MRes) (Full-time)

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

  • Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck were rated 5th in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) and we achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to research of world-leading quality.
  • Provides a possible route into the PhD Psychology programme at Birkbeck.

Course structure

You take 2 modules and complete a supervised research dissertation.

Modules

Entry requirements

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.

Fees (2016/7)

Part-time home/EU students: £ 2187 pa
Full-time home/EU students: £ 4121 pa
Part-time overseas students: £ 6050 pa
Full-time overseas students: £ 11995 pa

Payment and Fees Discounts

Flexible finance: pay your fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost. Enrol early to spread your costs and reduce your monthly payments.

Fees discounts: If you are a Birkbeck alumni or a member of a union that is recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you may apply for a 10% discount off your tuition fees.

Funding and Financial Support

The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses – and you don't have to start repaying until 2019.

Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

Find out more about funding and financial support at postgraduate level.

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.

Find out more about these professions.

Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.

We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

A combination of lectures, tutorials and project supervision.

Assessment

1 essay or equivalent written work of 2000-2500 words; a research presentation; a project dissertation of approximately 20,000 words. No written examinations.

Further study opportunities

If you are interested in further research, we offer an MPhil/PhD in Psychology.