This MSc Research Methods in Psychology (RMP) Master’s programme is designed to equip you with a wide range of methodological skills to enable you to become a successful PhD student or professional researcher in psychology. The programme provides advanced training in a variety of research methods and data analytic techniques. The main aim of this master's in research methods in psychology is to equip you to conduct research in your chosen field that is of high quality and impact. We have designed a programme in which you apply the skills you are taught to your own research questions. Therefore, in addition to classroom instruction, you will receive structured support as you develop your research questions, plan and execute the research, analyse the data, and prepare reports describing your findings.
This is the course page for MSc Research Methods in Psychology at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Research Methods in Psychology and what studying here involves.
In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of Southampton graduate of MSc Research Methods in Psychology.
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All master's in research methods in psychology students complete eight modules in two semesters (eight months), which cover the theory, practice and context of a wide range of research approaches, using a combination of lectures, workshops, small group discussions, collaborative group research projects, and independent study. Students receive personal guidance and feedback from experts in the methods used and the research topics in which the student wishes to specialise. Assessment on this MSc Research Methods in Psychology programme is based entirely on substantive pieces of research-related work carried out on in the student's area(s) of interest. Students taking the MSc then complete a further piece of independent research (four months).
IELTS requirement will be an overall score of 6.5 with no individual score below 6.0.
Average applications per place:
On this MSc Research Methods in Psychology programme, selection is completed on the basis of an application form, two academic references, a curriculum vitae, degree certificate and transcripts and English language results (if applicable).
We normally admit graduates in Psychology with a first or second class (upper division) honours to this master's in research methods in psychology. Graduates in other disciplines or with other qualifications are sometimes admitted if their earlier training has special relevance to the psychological problems they wish to investigate.
All master's in research methods in psychology students complete eight modules (six core modules and two compulsory modules) and a dissertation. The eight core modules are:
Four modules covering Applied Research Methods (10 CATS/ 5 ECT credits each)
Psychological Research Design, Correlational Methods in Psychology, Qualitative Psychology, and Group Comparisons. These modules comprise lectures, group work and hands-on sessions which cover the nature, purpose and application of a wide range of research methods, including different research designs, and qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis.
Concepts and Skills (20 CATS/ 10 ECT credits)
This module comprises group lectures and/or staff-led seminars in which MSc Research Methods in Psychology students are asked to work with self-chosen examples to develop their evaluation and presentation skills. Students are expected to contribute to the formative evaluation and feedback of other students in the group,
Advanced Statistics in Psychology (20 CATS/ 10 ECT credits)
This module comprises lectures and hands-on practical application. The practical exercises focussing on data analysis ( SPSS/AMOS) and students are introduced to alternative software packages (including SAS, HLM, R, Lisrel, etc.).
Research Apprenticeship in Psychology (20 CATS/ 10 ECT credits)
This module allows students to participate within active research laboratories within Psychology. Students will receive formal, close supervision and support from a designated laboratory supervisor. By becoming fully immersed in the day-to-day life of the laboratory, students will also receive support and guidance from other laboratory members.
Statistical Programming in R (20 CATS / 10 ECT credits)
This module is focused on extending existing skills in analyzing quantitative data. The focus of this module will be on acquiring practical skills such as scripting, flexible matrix manipulation and advanced data visualization.
Dissertation (60 CATS/ 30 ECT credits)
This provides master's in research methods in psychology students with an opportunity to integrate and apply what they have learned in an extended, in-depth study. This permits students to begin to learn and demonstrate the ability to develop and apply their own specialist research methods and skills, as they will be required to do for further postgraduate study or for research carried out in work contexts following completion of their masters degree. Find out more about psychological research at Southampton on our Research pages.
The independent work on this MSc Research Methods in Psychology programme (including the dissertation) provides the opportunity to consolidate and demonstrate your learning by creatively applying the concepts, methods and skills learned in the modules to a topic of interest to you.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the
programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage
of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide
Fees & funding
Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are
listed for UK,
EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course
Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you
through your course.
Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or
your country of origin.
These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such
essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the
academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the
Approved Calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved model is Casio FX-570 This may be purchased from any source and no longer needs to carry the University logo.
You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Laboratory Equipment and Materials: You are eligible for a £50 research allowance to help you cover the cost of your dissertation research. Normally you would be expected to cover any additional costs.
Printing and copying
In the majority of cases, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/services/copying_for_students_and_visitors/faq.php
One module (Concepts and Skills) may include a visit to a one-day conference. The Psychology academic unit normally covers the cost of travel and admission. This will be specified in the module profile.
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated
with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also
ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and
Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.
Learning & Assessment
The modular structure of this master's in research methods in psychology programme provides breadth of exposure to a wide range of methods and research-related issues, ensuring that you have an understanding and also some experience (through group and hands-on sessions) of these methods. Equally, the structure permits you to pursue your particular interests, which we find is an excellent means of promoting intrinsic motivation and initiative in the learning process.
Teaching and assessment on each of the MSc Research Methods in Psychology modules has been very carefully designed to ensure integration and complementarity, logic and coherence in the order in which different aspects of research are taught, and progression in the complexity of the concepts and skills learned. For example, in the first semester of your master's in research methods in psychology you will be taught the fundamental principles of statistical analysis, which ensures that you are equipped to understand the more advanced teaching on multivariate statistical analysis in the second semester.