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Psychology (MSc)

Master of Science
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2023

About this course

Our MSc Psychology lets you match modules to your interests and training needs. We’ll teach you the latest skills in psychological research and data analysis. This degree will help you progress your career if you're interested in data science. It also gives you the option to pursue a research career, either in the private sector or by studying for a PhD.

You can select modules covering fundamental and advanced data analysis to give your course a research methods focus. Or you could carry out a practical research apprenticeship in an area of psychology that interests you, mentored by an expert in the field.

Whichever modules you choose, all students learn research methods and data science techniques, using tools such as the statistical software package R. We'll help you explore the latest developments in research, including collaborative science practices.

You'll also study the concepts and issues facing psychology researchers today.

This postgraduate psychology degree will teach you:

  • 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

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.

Course lead

The course lead is Dr Denis Drieghe, Associate Professor in Psychology and member of the Centre for Perception and Cognition research group. Dr Drieghe's research focuses on eye movements during reading. He uses eye-tracking to examine online cognitive processing of words and sentences. Find out more on Dr Drieghe'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.

Download the Course Description Document

The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.

Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2022 to 2023. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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