MSc Research Methods in Psychology

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This programme has been discontinued

Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Open to international students Yes
Start date September 2017

Programme overview

This programme will provide you with a theoretical and practical grounding in psychological research techniques, preparing you to go on to a PhD programme in experimental psychology or related disciplines. It can also lead to other fields where you may apply your psychological knowledge and research skills, such as industry or education.

The core of this programme comprises a set of units that teach you the practicalities of carrying out research. The aim is to provide training in a broad range of techniques, through taught content, research seminars and practical research experience.

In the autumn term, the unit Apprenticeship in Psychological Research places you in an established research group or laboratory, where you will work on an ongoing research project, attend meetings, collect data, and assist with day-to-day activities in the lab. In the spring term, you have the option to complete an intensive unit in the latest brain imaging techniques, or choose from several other units drawn from our Master's programmes. The summer term is entirely devoted to an independent research project under the supervision of one of our leading academics, culminating in your dissertation. The programme also covers a broader set of transferable skills such as oral presentations, writing and analysis.

Fees for 2017/18

Full-time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Teaching block one

  • Core units:
    • Psychological Statistics and Research Tools
    • Generic Research Skills
    • Apprenticeship in Psychological Research

Teaching block two

  • Core units:
    • Neuropsychological Analysis Tools
  • Two optional units from:
    • Communicating Science
    • Theory and Practice in Neuropsychological Research
    • Selected units drawn from other Masters programmes


  • Dissertation

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree in psychology (or international equivalent). Previous professional experience or qualifications can also be put forward for consideration as equivalent to the academic entry requirements given above. These will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


This programme will provide you with a strong theoretical and practical grounding in psychological research techniques, preparing you for a PhD programme in experimental psychology or a related discipline. Alternatively, completing this programme can lead to using your psychological knowledge and research skills in other fields, such as industry or education.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

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REF 2014 results

  • 43% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 37% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 18% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Mrs Charlotte Powell Postgraduate Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 928 8452 Email:

School of Experimental Psychology
University of Bristol
12a Priory Road
Bristol BS8 1TU


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