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
Application deadlines and interviews
We recommend you apply as early as possible. Later applications may also be considered, subject to availability of places.
Psychological Research Methods (MSc) (Part-time)
Psychological Research Methods (MSc) (Full-time)
You take 5 compulsory modules, 3 option modules and complete a supervised research dissertation.
Term 1 option 1 modules (choose 1)
Term 2 option 2 modules (choose 1)
Term 2 option 3 modules (choose 1)
MSc Psychological Research Methods Dissertation
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.
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Part-time home/EU students: £
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paPart-time overseas students: £
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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.
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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.
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Teaching and assessment
A combination of lectures, laboratory classes and project supervision.
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.