On this MSc, you’ll benefit from the expertise of our leading researchers in evolutionary psychology, who have a particular interest in cultural evolution and language, social learning and ‘mate choice’. Our staff are also at the forefront of new developments in applying evolutionary principles to address real-world issues.
Students interested in comparative approaches and animal behaviour will benefit from the knowledge of other members of our Behaviour and Evolution Research Group. Their world-leading research on behaviour and cognition in primates, dogs and elephants are being applied to real-world problems, including conservation, human-animal interaction and animal welfare.
Under the research group's expert guidance, you’ll complete specialist modules, a research placement and a research project. You can also take advantage of our on-site and overseas labs, field sites and links with industrial partners. For example, the University works closely with the Living Links to Human Evolution Research Centre at Edinburgh Zoo.
You’ll be based in a dedicated MSc office, or within an appropriate research group, and be allocated a peer mentor. An academic supervisor in psychology will support and guide 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 Your research placement will help you develop relevant skills for applied careers
#3 You’ll benefit from the expertise of our leading researchers in evolutionary psychology
A research placement allows considerable scope for those interested in more applied areas to develop relevant skills for these careers.
The course is made up of four core modules, a research placement and a dissertation. We also offer some flexibility, allowing you to choose a module from another subject area if it can meet your personal training needs.
Teaching is done in various 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.
Professor Craig Roberts, Course Director
+44 (0) 1786 466854
Fees - 2018/2019
- Overseas: £15,250
- Home/EU: £6,300.
About the School
At the University of Stirling, being the difference is in our DNA – providing education with a purpose and carrying out research that helps to shape society.