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Psychology: Cognitive Psychology (MSc)

Master of Science
Typical Offer
2:1 degree View full entry requirements
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2024

About this course

This master's degree is ideal if you have a strong interest in cognitive psychology. You'll develop advanced research skills and knowledge. You'll also have the opportunity to carry out both a research apprenticeship and a dissertation, with mentorship from a cognitive psychologist.

On this cognitive psychology master's pathway you'll study a variety of research methods and techniques, using tools such as the statistical software package R. You'll explore the latest developments in the field and learn:

  • in-depth knowledge of specific topics, issues and methods
  • how to relate and apply your research to psychological issues
  • how to analyse and communicate complex ideas
  • how to creatively plan and manage projects

You’ll work with internationally renowned psychology researchers at the School of Psychology. During the apprenticeship you'll gain plenty of practical experience carrying out ongoing departmental research. You'll learn how to conduct studies, describe your findings and write up the results.

When you successfully complete the degree you'll be well placed to progress to a PhD in cognitive psychology or for a career in data science.

Flexible study

If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:

  • a part-time master's - study the same course content over 2 or more years

Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.

We regularly review our courses to ensure and improve quality. This course may be revised as a result of this. Any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when, and how we might make changes.

Our courses are regulated in England by the Office for Students (OfS).

Course lead

The course lead is Dr Pascal Burgmer, Lecturer in Psychology and member of the Centre for Research on Self and Identity. Dr Burgmer's research focuses on social perception and behaviours, such as trust, empathy, morality and lay beliefs and theories that people hold on these issues. Find out more on Dr Burgmer's staff profile.

Related pathways

If you'd prefer to focus your psychology studies in a different area you can choose from one of 3 other pathways:


Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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