2 years part-time or 1 year full-time
1 day a week part-time or 2 days a week full-time, plus some evening teaching
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.
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.
You take 5 compulsory modules, 3 option modules and complete a supervised research dissertation.
- Advanced Quantitative Methods
- Contemporary Psychological Research
- Generic Research Skills
- Qualitative Methods
- Research Design and Critical Analysis
Term 1 option 1 modules (choose 1)
Term 2 option 2 modules (choose 1)
- Computational Approaches to Mind
- Critical Book Review
- Development Cognitive Neuroscience
- Sensorimotor Processes and Attention
Term 2 option 3 modules (choose 1)
- Advanced Matlab Programming
- Child Development in a Social Context
- Structure and Measurement of the Human Brain
MSc Psychological Research Methods Dissertation
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
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 and finance
We offer advice on all the options for financing your studies. You can pay your fees interest-free by direct debit and postgraduate loans are available for all Home/EU students.
FeesPart-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
Teaching and assessment
Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
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.
Careers and employability
To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.
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 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.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck.
How to apply
You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application link below.
Please complete a 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.
Life at Birkbeck
Birkbeck offers a unique combination of evening study and a matchless central London location, right in the geographic and academic centre of the city, giving you exceptional opportunities.
Most of our students live in private accommodation, but we also offer student accommodation and access to the professional services of the University of London Housing Services.
The Birkbeck experience
Birkbeck is different: our classes are held in the evening, so your days are free - to study, work, volunteer or just do your own thing.
Financial support and postgraduate loans
Birkbeck offers advice on all the options for financing your studies. You can pay loans by interest-free direct debit and postgraduate loans are available for all Home/EU students. Find out about the support we provide.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck. We can give you the advice and support you need.
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