Psychology - MRes
The MRes Psychology is for psychology graduates who wish to continue their studies to an advanced level and may be considering progression to a doctorate. The main focus of the course is the study of research methods, which will give you an advanced critical appreciation of contemporary methods, theories and issues in psychology and will build upon and enhance the skills you acquired from your undergraduate studies.
In advanced research methods modules you will develop in-depth research skills for psychology and apply them to a substantial piece of independent research, ensuring that you apply your knowledge and understanding of appropriate ethical issues. You will develop your intellectual and thinking skills to a very high academic standard, which will be reflected in your studies, in particular your dissertation.
About the course
The Psychology department at the University of Bolton is one of the oldest and most established psychology departments in the UK with a long history of teaching the subject at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Teaching will be carried out in small groups to encourage interaction and in-depth discussion of ideas and specialist knowledge. There are many opportunities to develop key and transferable skills for example presentation, research and numeracy skills, critical thinking, personal development and self awareness.
A variety of innovative teaching and learning methods are employed throughout the degree to ensure the acquisition and development of appropriate concepts, knowledge and skills.
Tutors are active researchers within the areas of psychology that are taught and supervised on the degree and are always happy to speak with students and involve them in their research activities. The department operates an effective academic personal tuition system providing support to students at all levels to ensure they achieve at the highest level possible. Graduates are welcome to attend the research seminar programme and become active postgraduates within the University.
The department boasts a number of past students who have successfully gained places on clinical and educational psychology programmes or remained at the University to pursue MPhil and PhD research.
- At MRes stage students have the option of developing their research as part of a research team within the department.
- The course is flexible with opportunities for independent study.
What you will learn
You will develop and master a high level of complex specialist knowledge and skills in the field of psychology and you will have the opportunity to use these skills to conduct your research.
You will be expected to take responsibility for all aspects of your studies and will apply your knowledge and understanding of appropriate ethical issues in the context of your research.
In addition to enhancing your specialist knowledge in the field of psychology, you will enhance your key and transferable skills such as leadership, teamwork, data handling and project management. These skills are developed and practiced using traditional learning and teaching methods including lectures, seminars, workshops and practicals.
Tutors may also introduce techniques which they view as especially suitable in aiding learning in their specialist area. Areas of study are regularly updated to reflect the research activity within the department.
What you will study
You will study six modules worth 20 credits each and a 60 credit dissertation, a total of 180 credits. You will study four core modules covering advanced methods in psychology. These are:
- Concepts and Principles of Research Design;
- Qualitative Inquiry;
- Quantitative Inquiry 1 – Analysing Multivariate Relationships;
- Quantitative Inquiry 2 – Advanced Experimental and Non-experimental Techniques.
- You will also choose two optional modules from the following:
- Cognitive and Neuropsychological Assessment for Clinical Populations;
- Psychoanalytic Approaches to Psychotherapy;
- Psychology of Decision Making;
- Computing & Cyberpsychology;
- Current Issues in Developmental Psychology;
- Current Issues in Cognitive Psychology.
You must hold at least an upper second class honours degree (2.1) in psychology that is recognised by the British Psychological Society for the Graduate Basis for Chartership (formerly known as the Graduate Basis for Registration).
If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent).
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