Psychological Research Methods (General)

Psychological Research Methods (General)

Graduate degree
12 months
Application deadlines: April 30
Processing time: 30 days
Intakes: September
International tuition: £18,950
Domestic tuition: £8,500

Program overview

The 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.

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus



  • PTE
A minimum of a second class honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. English language requirements: IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each skill; Pearson Test of English (Academic) 54 overall with a minimum of 51 in each sub-skill; IBT TOEFL 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing.

Career opportunities

This course is designed as a springboard for a career in psychological research and is ideal if you want to pursue a PhD in psychology. Graduates are well placed for careers in clinical and health psychology, educational psychology and teaching, human resource management and personnel. The skills you gain are also readily transferable to other careers. You’ll meet the growing demand for a good understanding of human behaviour, as well as the ability to interpret and analyse complex forms of data and communicate your ideas clearly with others.

Campus location

Stirling , United Kingdom

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