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Programme structure: Research Methods in Psychology (MSc) - what's running in 2018/19

Please note: It is possible that the information shown for future academic years may change due to developments in the relevant academic field. Optional unit availability varies depending on both staffing and student choice.

The programme is closed to external applicants from 17/18, and will continue for ESRC funded students on the SWDTC PhD

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status
Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences (GSoE) EDUCM0004 20 Mandatory
Philosophy and Research Design in the Social Sciences (GSoE) EDUCM0005 20 Mandatory
Understanding Data: Experimental Design and Statistics for Life Scientists BIOLM0006 20 Mandatory
Dissertation PSYCM1000 60 Mandatory
Select two units from the following:
Optional undergraduate units subject to availability and timetabling.
Apprenticeship in Psychological Research PSYCM0043 20 Optional
Creating Psychological Experiments PSYCM0056 20 Optional
Advanced Evolutionary Psychology PSYCM0046 20 Optional
Advanced Human Factors Psychology PSYCM0066 20 Optional
Advanced Nutrition and Behaviour PSYCM0049 20 Optional
Advanced Neuropsychiatry PSYCM0048 20 Optional
Advanced Issues in Social Psychology PSYCM0054 20 Optional
Advanced Genes and Behaviour PSYCM0065 20 Optional
MSc in Research Methods in Psychology   180  

Progression/award requirements

The pass mark set by the University for any level 7(M) unit is 50 out of 100.

For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.

Exit awards

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to exit from the programme with a postgraduate diploma or certificate.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

Degree classifications:

An award with Merit or Distinction is permitted for postgraduate taught masters, diplomas and certificates, where these are specifically named entry-level qualifications. An award with Merit or Distinction is not permitted for exit awards where students are required to exit the programme on academic grounds. An exit award with Merit or Distinction may be permitted where students are prevented by exceptional circumstances from completing the intended award.

The classification of the award in relation to the final programme mark is as follows:

Award with Distinction*: at least 65 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

Award with Merit*: at least 60 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 60 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

* The MA in Law has separate regulations for awarding distinction and merit.

Diploma/certificate stages:

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to choose, or be required, to leave at the postgraduate diploma or certificate stage.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

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