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Research Methods in Psychology

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Course overview

Unlock your potential in psychological research with our MSc, offering advanced research training. Learn from world-leading experts within our esteemed Department of Psychology – the UK’s number 1 Research Environment and top 10 for Research Power (REF 2021).

Introduction

Our MSc is more than just a programme; it’s a gateway to unlocking your full potential in a supportive and dynamic environment. Embark on an exploration of advanced experimental methods, statistics, and research skills, where our dedicated academic staff deliver modules carefully designed for success as a researcher. In the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021), we were placed 1st in the UK for our world-leading Research Environment and ranked in the top 10 for Research Power.

Discover Practical Research Skills: Engage in a vibrant exploration of quantitative and qualitative research, statistics, and project management. Immerse yourself in a bespoke curriculum, equipping you with a comprehensive and transferable skill set that forms the cornerstone for a successful academic journey and beyond (e.g., research, practice, industry, consultancy).

Harness the Power of Advanced Research Tools: We don’t just teach theory; we help you put it into practice. Work with state-of-the-art research facilities and techniques including behavioural experiments, specialised laboratories, EEG, MRI, neurostimulation (tDCS, TMS), fNIRS, eye-tracking, and psychophysics – tools that set you apart in the world of research. Through a blend of lectures, interactive tutorials, and hands-on laboratory work, see your knowledge come to life.

Specialise Your Research Dissertation: Conduct an extensive research project of your choosing, guided by our expert academic staff. Our cross-cutting research groups include Brain, Cognition, and Language (incorporating Neuroscience); Clinical Psychology; Appetitive and Addictive Behaviours; Forensic and Conflict; Lifespan Development and Health. Broaden your perspective and cultivate synergies across Departments in the Institute of Population Health, and Faculties of Health and Life Sciences, Science and Engineering, and Humanities and Social Sciences.

Forge Partnerships: Join our collaborative community and connect with impactful partners including industry leaders (e.g., Unilever, Liverpool Health Partners), mental health hospitals, prisons, schools, and neurological and neurosurgical NHS trusts (e.g., The Walton Centre). Foster valuable relationships that enhance not only your academic but also your professional pursuits.

Who is this course for?

Tailored for students aspiring to pursue doctoral-level studies or research positions in any psychology discipline (including ClinPsyD), to elevate their careers within the field. The course is eligible for Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 1+3 studentships linked to a doctoral programme.

What you'll learn

  • Skilfully select appropriate research designs and methods of analysis to effectively address research questions.
  • Acquire proficiency in specialist software (e.g., R, SPSS, MATLAB, PsychoPy) for comprehensive data analysis and programming.
  • Develop the ability to design and conduct studies using a variety of techniques.
  • Learn to write grant proposals and effectively communicate research findings verbally and in writing, employing formats suitable for academic, professional consultancy, media, and general audiences.

Start your academic journey with us, where every module is a step toward unlocking your full potential in the world of psychological research.

Course content

Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Semester one

Compulsory modules

RESEARCH METHODS AND STATISTICS (PSYC640)

Credits: 30 / Semester: semester 1

This module explores the range of qualitative and quantitative research methods and statistical analyses used in psychological research. The module covers ANOVAs, factor analysis, ROC, mediation, multiple regressions, spatial statistics, cluster analysis, interviews, and field research to cite the main techniques. The module encompasses both theoretical content and practical skills that are transferable to research designs in psychology and in other subject disciplines. The module will be delivered via lectures, laboratory work, and online material. Learning will be assessed via a critical evaluation of research methodologies and a written examination.

PRACTICAL RESEARCH SKILLS (PSYC644)

Credits: 30 / Semester: semester 1

To provide students with the knowledge necessary to decide whether or not to pursue a career in academia and, if so, to obtain a PhD place, following by a Postdoctoral Fellowship and Full-time academic appointment.
To provide students with the skills necessary for writing successful PhD and research grant proposals.
To provide students with the knowledge and skills required for effectively communicating their research in a variety of forms, journal articles, posters, oral presentations, and to understand the importance of publication in high quality journals.
To provide students with the knowledge required for research consultancy work, and for dealing with the media.
To provide knowledge and training in the use of relevant computer software e.g. Excel, Refworks, Endnote.

RESEARCH DISSERTATION IN PSYCHOLOGY (PSYC646)

Credits: 60 / Semester: whole session

The module provides the students with the necessary skills to design and carry out a research study. In the process, students will acquire numerous skills including : data analysis, data visualisation, inferential statistics, and data interpretation. The students will acquire expertise in one field of research and valuable experience to prepare for a PhD.

Programme details and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

Our curriculum

The Liverpool Curriculum framework sets out our distinctive approach to education. Our teaching staff support our students to develop academic knowledge, skills, and understanding alongside our graduate attributes:

  • Digital fluency
  • Confidence
  • Global citizenship

Our curriculum is characterised by the three Liverpool Hallmarks:

  • Research-connected teaching
  • Active learning
  • Authentic assessment

All this is underpinned by our core value of inclusivity and commitment to providing a curriculum that is accessible to all students.

Course options

Studying with us means you can tailor your degree to suit you. Here's what is available on this course.

Postgraduate Certificate

If you enrol on a master’s degree and complete 60 credits you may be able to exit the programme early and earn a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) for the work you have completed. This usually amounts to one semester when completed full-time.

Postgraduate Diploma

If you enrol on a master’s degree and have completed 120 credits you may be able to exit the programme early and earn a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) for the work completed. This usually amounts to two full semesters when completed full-time, without having to complete the final dissertation module.

Your experience

The group of highly selected students on this course are taught by experts from the Department of Psychology. Staff in the department are highly active and conduct internationally renowned research.

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Supporting your learning

From arrival to alumni, we’re with you all the way:

An exciting place for postgraduate study

  • Internationally recognised qualifications with a wide range of programmes
  • Access to some of the best specialist units in the UK
  • World-leading excellence in research and research-connected teaching
  • The MSc Investigative and Forensic Psychology is renowned worldwide and attracts a large number of international students and visiting speakers each year
  • Provides specialist training with taught and research components
  • Work alongside internationally-renowned academic researchers and experts in their field.

Careers and employability

This programme aims to provide students with a high level of academic and analytical skill, making them suitable for careers or further postgraduate study in a number of areas.

Career planning

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Our campus Career Studio is a space for students and graduates to drop into and talk to a career coach. Career coaches are highly trained to help no matter what stage you are at in your career planning. You can access support to find and apply for full-time and part-time roles, placements, internships and graduate schemes. You will also find the help you need if you have a start-up idea or want to create a business plan. You can explore the world of work, prepare for job interviews, and access careers events and workshops. The Career Studio is open Monday to Friday from 10am-5pm, simply drop in at a time that works for you.

From education to employment

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We develop our programmes with employers in mind. You will be supported to enhance your long-term employment prospects as you learn. We do this by exposing you to professionals, a variety of sectors and supporting you to work collaboratively with others to develop transferable skills. You are equipped with a clearer view of what to focus on in your area of interest, and to reflect on your studies. Our digital employability tools give you a tech-enhanced curriculum experience and make it easy for you to prepare for the world of work. You can use tools like the Handshake platform to connect with employers and message the Career Studio 24/7.

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You can start building good professional networks by attending events and employability activities. Our events are designed to develop your skills and expose you to many different employers, as well as to help you make contacts in your field. We help you improve your confidence when speaking to employers and give you access to unique opportunities. Our networking events also boost your understanding of the competencies and skills that employers are looking for in their recruitment process, giving you a competitive edge.

Your future

Previous graduates have pursued a range of different careers:

  • Joining research teams as research associates in many areas, such as Applied Psychology and Criminology
  • Working in the substance misuse field
  • Clinical training
  • Becoming members of police forces as “civilians” involved in intelligence work or as police officers
  • Working in prisons or with clinical forensic populations
  • Working in commercial or industrial research and development units.

Fees and funding

Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.

Tuition fees

UK fees (applies to Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland)
Full-time place, per year £10,800
International fees
Full-time place, per year £26,400
Fees stated are for the 2024-25 academic year.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support.

If you're a UK national, or have settled status in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan worth up to £12,167 to help with course fees and living costs. Learn more about paying for your studies..

Additional costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This could include buying a laptop, books, or stationery.

Find out more about the additional study costs that may apply to this course.

Additional study costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This could include buying a laptop, books, or stationery.

Find out more about additional study costs.

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries that could help pay your tuition and living expenses.

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Postgraduate Global Advancement Scholarship

  • International students

If you’re an international student starting this course with us from September 2024, you could be eligible to receive a discount of £5,000 off your master’s tuition fees, if you haven’t studied with us before.

Graduate Loyalty Advancement Scholarship

  • Home and international students

If you’re a University of Liverpool graduate starting this master’s degree with us from September 2024, you could be eligible to receive a loyalty discount of up to £2,500 off your master’s tuition fees.

ANID Chile Scholarship

  • International students
  • Chile

If you’re a Chilean student joining a master’s degree, you could be eligible to apply for a 20% discount on your tuition fees with an ANID Chile Scholarship.

Chevening Scholarships

  • International students

If you’re an international student from an eligible country, joining a one-year master’s course, you could apply to have your master’s fees paid, up to a maximum of £18,000, and receive additional help with living costs.

CONACYT Award

  • International students
  • Mexico

If you’re a Mexican student joining a master’s degree, you could be eligible to apply for a 30% discount on your tuition fees with a CONACYT Award.

FIDERH Award

  • International students
  • Mexico

If you’re a Mexican student joining a master’s degree and you’re in receipt of a FIDERH graduate loan, you could benefit from a 20% discount on your tuition fees with a FIDERH Award.

Fulbright Scholarship

  • International students
  • United States

If you’re a USA student joining a master’s degree, you can apply to be considered for a tuition fee discount of £20,000 with a Fulright Scholarship. One Fulbright Scholarship for master’s study is available in each academic year.

FUNED Awards

  • International students
  • Mexico

If you’re a Mexican student joining a master’s degree and you’re in receipt of a FUNED loan, you can apply to be considered for a 20% tuition fee discount. A total of up to ten awards will be available to master’s and PhD students per academic year.

Graduate Association Hong Kong & Tung Postgraduate Scholarships

  • International students
  • China
  • Hong Kong

If you’re a master’s student from Hong Kong or the People’s Republic of China who can demonstrate academic excellence, you may be eligible to apply for a scholarship worth up to £10,000 in partnership with the Tung Foundation.

HRH Princess Sirindhorn University of Liverpool Scholarship (Thailand)

  • International students
  • Thailand

If you’re a student from Thailand joining a one-year master’s degree, you might be eligible to apply to have your tuition fees paid in full and receive help with living costs. One award is available and only students who are new to the University will be considered.

JuventudEsGto Scholarship

  • International students
  • Mexico

If you’re a resident of the state of Guanajuato in Mexico joining a master’s degree, you could be eligible for a 10% discount on your tuition fees with a JuventudEsGto Scholarship.

Marshall Scholarship

  • International students
  • United States

If you’re a USA student joining an eligible master’s with us, you could apply to be considered for a Marshall Scholarship. If your application is successful, your master’s tuition fees will be paid in full. One Marshall Scholarship for master’s study is available in each academic year.

Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary

  • Home students

If you’re a UK University of Liverpool graduate joining a master’s degree with us, you could be eligible to receive £3,000 off your tuition fees. You must have graduated in the last two years and received a widening access scholarship during your undergraduate studies.

Turkish Ministry of Education Scholarship

  • International students
  • Turkey

If you’re a Turkish student joining a master’s degree, you could be eligible to apply for a 20% discount on your tuition fees with a Turkish Ministry of Education Scholarship.

Humanitarian Scholarships for Master’s Programmes

  • International students

Do you have recognised status as a refugee or person with humanitarian protection outside the UK? Or are you a Ukrainian who’s sought temporary protection in the EU? You could be eligible to apply for the full payment of your master’s fees and additional financial support.

University of Liverpool International College Excellence Scholarship

  • International students

Completed a Pre-Master’s at University of Liverpool International College (UoLIC)? We’re offering a £5,000 fee discount off the first year of master’s study to some of the highest achieving students joining one of our non-clinical master’s courses from UoLIC.

University of Liverpool International College Impact Progression Scholarships

  • International students

If you’re a University of Liverpool International College student awarded a Kaplan Impact Scholarship, we’ll also consider you for an Impact Progression Scholarship. If selected, you’ll receive a fee discount worth £3,000 off the first year of your master’s course.

Vice-Chancellor’s International Attainment Scholarship for Mainland China

  • International students
  • China

Are you a high-achieving graduate from the People’s Republic of China with a degree from a Chinese university? You could be eligible to apply for a £5,000 fee discount if you’re joining an eligible master’s course. Up to 15 eligible students will receive this scholarship.

Entry requirements

The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.

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Your qualification Requirements

About our typical entry requirements

Postgraduate entry requirements
  • An undergraduate degree in psychology or related subject (minimum 2.1.; with equivalent marks in modules focused on methods and statistics), or extensive research experience
  • Ideally some experience of working on research projects (eg, as a research assistant) or in a role that draws on research skills
  • A good understanding of research methods and inferential statistics
  • Reasonable IT skills (knowledge of SPSS would be advantageous).
International qualifications

If you hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, but don’t meet our entry requirements, a Pre-Master’s can help you gain a place. This specialist preparation course for postgraduate study is offered on campus at the University of Liverpool International College, in partnership with Kaplan International Pathways. Although there’s no direct Pre-Master’s route to this MSc, completing a Pre-Master’s pathway can guarantee you a place on many other postgraduate courses at The University of Liverpool.

English language requirements

You'll need to demonstrate competence in the use of English language, unless you’re from a majority English speaking country.

We accept a variety of international language tests and country-specific qualifications.

International applicants who do not meet the minimum required standard of English language can complete one of our Pre-Sessional English courses to achieve the required level.

English language qualification Requirements
IELTS 7.5 overall, with no component below 7.0
TOEFL iBT 108 overall, with minimum scores of listening 24, writing 24, reading 24 and speaking 24
Duolingo English Test 140 overall, no component below 130
Pearson PTE Academic 76 overall, with no component below 69
LanguageCert Academic 80 overall, with no skill below 75
PSI Skills for English C2 Pass in all bands
INDIA Standard XII National Curriculum (CBSE/ISC) - 75% and above in English. Accepted State Boards - 80% and above in English.
WAEC C6 or above

PRE-SESSIONAL ENGLISH

Do you need to complete a Pre-Sessional English course to meet the English language requirements for this course?

The length of Pre-Sessional English course you’ll need to take depends on your current level of English language ability.

Find out the length of Pre-Sessional English course you may require for this degree.

Pre-sessional English

If you don’t meet our English language requirements, we can use your most recent IELTS score, or the equivalent score in selected other English language tests, to determine the length of Pre-Sessional English course you require.

Use the table below to check the course length you're likely to require for your current English language ability and see whether the course is available on campus or online.

Your most recent IELTS score Pre-Sessional English course length On campus or online
7.0 overall, with no component below 7.0 6 weeks On campus
7.0 overall, with no component below 6.5 10 weeks On campus and online options available
6.5 overall, with no component below 6.5 12 weeks On campus and online options available
6.5 overall, with no component below 6.0 20 weeks On campus
6.0 overall, with no component below 5.5 30 weeks On campus
5.5 overall, with no component below 5.0 40 weeks On campus

If you’ve completed an alternative English language test to IELTS, we may be able to use this to assess your English language ability and determine the Pre-Sessional English course length you require.

Please see our guide to Pre-Sessional English entry requirements for IELTS 7.5, with no component below 7.0, for further details.

About our entry requirements

Our entry requirements may change from time to time both according to national application trends and the availability of places at Liverpool for particular courses. We review our requirements before the start of the new application cycle each year and publish any changes on our website so that applicants are aware of our typical entry requirements before they submit their application.

We believe in treating applicants as individuals, and in making offers that are appropriate to their personal circumstances and background. Therefore the offer any individual applicant receives may differ slightly from the typical offer quoted on the website.

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