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MSc Psychological Research Methods

University of Nottingham

Masters Degree , Uncategorised

Course Description

This MSc course, offered by the Institute in collaboration with the School of Psychology, provides training in the basic and advanced research skills necessary to carry out effective research in the psychological sciences. The course is approved by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as the first part of a ?1+3? postgraduate training programme leading eventually to a PhD. Students applying are expected to be eligible for the BPS Graduate Basis of Registration (or equivalent) and hold at lesat an upper second class Honours degree. The MSc in Psychological Research Methods is offered as either on a one-year full-time basis, or as a two-year part-time course. The course integrates an understanding of research design and strategy with personal development and employment-related skills. The course can constitute the first year (first two years part-time) of a ?1+3? PhD programme in Psychology or Applied Psychology, in line with ESRC postgraduate training guidelines. The course has gained recognition for the receipt of ESRC studentships on a ?1+3?yr and 3yr basis (full time and part time). The MSc in Psychological Research methods is based on two taught semesters of full-time study, from late September to mid June, plus the summer period, ending in September, when an empirical research project is undertaken. The course can also be based on two years of part-time study. The course structure is hierarchical, progressing from generic skills relating to research and career development, through the knowledge and skills commonly required for effective psychological research, to those more specifically and particularly related to the student?s chosen area of study. The final demonstration of their acquired knowledge and skills is the empirical research project, with a research management report. The project is written up as if for publication in a refereed scientific journal and forms an obvious bridge into their PhD studies. Course teaching involves lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, peer discussion groups, dissertation work, and project work. The taught semesters comprise modules on generic research and personal development skills, social sciences and psychology research skills, general and advanced research methods, and research methods specific to individual students? chosen areas of psychological research. As with outlines for all University degrees these details are provisional and may be subject to change.

This MSc course, offered by the Institute in collaboration with the School of Psychology, provides training in the basic and advanced research skills necessary to carry out effective research in the psychological sciences. The course is approved by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as the first part of a ?1+3? postgraduate training programme leading eventually to a PhD. Students...

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