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

    2 years part-time or 1 year full-time

  • Attendance:

    1 day a week part-time; 2 days a week full-time.

    Mostly daytime teaching with some evening teaching.

    From October

  • Location:

    Central London

Programme overview

This Master's degree provides in-depth training in both the quantitative and qualitative methods employed in contemporary psychological research. It covers: critical appreciation of existing research and research methods; philosophical foundations of approaches to research within cognitive and social psychology; formulation of hypotheses; designing and reporting experiments using a range of research methodologies; and subject-specific IT skills.

The programme combines Birkbeck’s strengths in qualitative and quantitative psychological research methods. It provides you with the opportunity to conduct supervised research in a wide range of areas within contemporary psychology, such as psychosocial studies, brain and cognitive development, and computational cognitive neuroscience.

This programme is accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as recognised postgraduate training programmes, and suitably qualified applicants who wish to take this courses in preparation for a PhD can apply for funding on the ESRC's 1+3 scheme.

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 brief statement of your research interests, 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

We recommend you apply as early as possible. Later applications may also be considered, subject to availability of places.

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Psychological Research Methods (MSc) (Part-time)

Psychological Research Methods (MSc) (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 you with a range of appropriate research skills and experiences for research at PhD level or in the private sector.
  • Opportunity to attend research seminars organised by Birkbeck and a number of other local research centres and institutes.

    Entry requirements

    Undergraduate degree (2:1 honours or above) in psychology or a relevant discipline.

    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

    Part-time home/EU students: £ 4625 pa
    Full-time home/EU students: £ 9250 pa
    Part-time overseas students: £ 7425 pa
    Full-time overseas students: £ 14800 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.

    Cognition and Computation (MSc), Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology (MSc), Developmental Sciences (MSc) and Psychological Research Methods (MSc) are accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as recognised postgraduate training programmes, and suitably qualified applicants who wish to take one of these courses in preparation for a PhD can apply for funding on the ESRC's 1+3 scheme.

    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, market research, or management. Possible professions include research psychologist, further education lecturer, or market researcher. This degree may also be useful in becoming a human resources officer 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, laboratory classes and project supervision.

    Assessment

    Each of the 6 taught modules is separately assessed by 1 essay or an equivalent piece of written work, normally of 2000-2500 words. In addition, candidates must submit a dissertation with an empirical component of approximately 10,000 words. Apart from 'Structure and Measurement of the Human Brain', there are no written examinations. For the Matlab options, there will be programming assessments.

    Further study opportunities

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