The Psychological Research Methods (Cognition and Neuropsychology) postgraduate degree provides broad training in the fundamentals of psychological science - the modern approach to studying mind and behaviour. The course will train you in psychological theory and develop your practical skills, preparing you for a future career in psychology. Individual modules provide a thorough introduction to quantitative and qualitative research, the analysis and interpretation of data and a critical, sceptical approach to psychological science.

There are lots of opportunities for you to gain practical hands-on skills development, ranging from low-tech observational assessment to high-tech eye-tracking. There’s also training on giving oral presentations. A self-reflective approach to personal development is encouraged.

The course will appeal to anyone wishing to develop a career in psychological research, either working towards a PhD in Psychology or working in the wider public, private or third sector.

You’ll be based in a dedicated MSc office, or within an appropriate research group, and allocated a peer mentor. You’ll also have an academic supervisor in Psychology who supports and guides your development including the research dissertation project. We’re here to encourage you to make the transition to become a fully independent research scientist.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 100% of our Psychology research impact is rated as world-leading (REF2014)

#2 Gain direct experience tailored to your career aspirations

#3 You’ll carry out a month-long placement in a relevant context

Work placements

You’ll carry out a month-long placement. This is typically in an external company, charity or third sector organisation. The placement is a fantastic opportunity for you to develop relevant work-based employment skills, and to cultivate a network of contacts relevant to your future career goals. Our students benefit hugely from their placement experience, as it allows them to combine their skills and experience with personal and professional development.

Course details

The course is made up of four core modules, a research placement and a dissertation. We also offer some flexibility, allowing students to choose a module from another subject area if it can meet their personal training needs.


Teaching is done in a number of ways, including tutorials, demonstrations and practical classes, but the majority is seminar-based.

You’re typically taught in small groups in specialist classes, with first-year PhD students or other postgraduate students (for example, in modules from other MSc courses).

As a postgraduate student, we expect you to attend regular research seminars and relevant research group meetings. You’re also encouraged to attend ‘Scottish Postgraduates in Psychology Research Training’ events in participating universities across Scotland.

Course director

Professor David Donaldson, Course Director

Postgraduate Secretary

Linda Cullen

+44 (0) 1786 466854


Fees - 2018/2019

  • Overseas: £15,250
  • Home/EU: £6,300.
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Last updated November 14, 2018
This course is Campus based
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12 - 24 months
6,300 GBP
Overseas: £15,250 Home/EU: £6,300.
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