Overview

Our Psychological Research Methods (General) course combines training in psychological theory with practical skills development, preparing you for a future career in psychology. You’ll gain a thorough introduction to quantitative and qualitative research, the analysis and interpretation of data, and a critical, sceptical approach to psychological science.

The unique feature of this General pathway is flexibility - you’re free to investigate a wide range of topics across the discipline. This encourages an understanding of different methods and perspectives within the field of psychology.

Opportunities for practical hands-on skills development are built in, ranging from low-tech observational assessment to high-tech eye-tracking. You’ll carry out a work placement, typically in an external company, charity or third sector organisation. This provides you with a fantastic opportunity to develop relevant work-based employment skills and to develop a network of contacts relevant to your future career goals. Students benefit hugely from this experience, combining skills and experience with personal and professional development.

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 your research dissertation project.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 Flexibility – you’re free to investigate a wide range of topics across the discipline of psychology

#2 We’re 3rd in Scotland for Psychology (REF2014)

#3 You’ll develop relevant work-based employment skills on a placement in an external company, charity or third sector organisation

Course objectives

The course will develop your theoretical understanding, and give you the practical and interpersonal skills required for carrying out research. Our aim is to encourage you to make the complex transition to become a fully independent research scientist.

Work placements

You’ll carry out a work placement, typically in an external company, charity or third sector organisation. This provides a fantastic opportunity for you to develop relevant work-based employment skills, and to develop a network of contacts relevant to future career goals. Students benefit hugely from this experience, combining skills and experience with personal and professional development.

Course details

This course is made up of different modules designed to provide training in the fundamentals of Psychological Research Methods. Students on this course have the opportunity to investigate topics across all of psychology, rather than specialising in one specific area for their coursework, placement and dissertation. As a student on the MSc Psychological Research Methods (General) course, you can switch topics from one piece of work to another, as your interests develop.

This approach offers total flexibility if you don’t want to specialise in one particular area. You’ll have the opportunity to do a broader MSc and sample content from across the variety of topics in psychology.

Teaching

Teaching includes tutorials, demonstrations and practical classes, but the majority is seminar-based.

Students are 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).

All our postgraduates are also expected 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 Craig Roberts, Course Director

Postgraduate Secretary

Linda Cullen

+44 (0) 1786 466854

linda.cullen@stir.ac.uk

Fees - 2018/2019

  • Home/EU: £6,300
  • Overseas: £15,250
Program taught in:
English

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Last updated November 14, 2018
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