Psychological Research Methods

MSc, 1-3 years, full- or part-time

This is for you if... you want to study psychological research methods at an advanced level.

Course Description

This postgraduate degree will provide you with advanced training in psychological research methods, equipping you with the research and professional skills required for a research career.

The Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour has particular research strengths in

  • Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
  • Cognitive and Behavioural Sciences
  • Perception and Sensory Processing
  • Health and Psychological Wellbeing

You will be encouraged to undertake a research project in one of these areas.

Key Facts
Start date
September each year
Neuroscience Psychology and Behaviour, Psychology

Dr Kevin Paterson
+44 (0)116 229 7179

School of Psychology website

Why Leicester?

We have state-of-the art laboratories for research in the fields of Cellular & Molecular Neurobiology, Cognitive & Behavioural Sciences, Perception & Sensory Processing and Health & Psychological Wellbeing. This includes eye-tracking, EEG and virtual reality laboratories, and a laboratory for judgement and decision-making.

We have an international reputation for excellent research which feeds into your highly-rated teaching. You will work with academics at the cutting edge of their field and have the opportunity to be part of departmental research projects during your final year.

Our student Psychology Society organises lectures and visits, and has a lively social programme. We also have a programme of weekly talks presented by well-known psychologists from other Departments and Research Units.

Course Structure



  • Advanced Research Methods in Psychology 1
  • Advanced Statistical Methods for Psychology
  • Managing and Presenting Psychological Research
  • Advanced Research Methods in Psychology 2
  • Evaluating Psychological Research
  • Professional Skills

Plus your dissertation

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Teaching and Assessment

All teaching is seminar based, or in one-to-one tutorial sessions, with continuous assessment in the form of essays and short projects, and in the development of portfolios of assessed activities. You will produce a written paper reviewing research in a topic area, and also write a dissertation on original empirical research, which will involve an oral exam (viva).

Entry Requirements

2:2 degree in Psychology (or equivalent)

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

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Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Psychological Research Methods MSc 1 year full-time September each year Apply Now
Psychological Research Methods MSc 3 years part-time September each year Apply Now
Psychological Research Methods
1 year full-time
Start Dates
September each year
Psychological Research Methods
3 years part-time
Start Dates
September each year

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