Skip to main content
Courses / Postgraduate / Psychology: Research Methods (MSc)

Psychology: Research Methods (MSc)

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

About this course

This course is now closed to new applications for 2023 entry.  

Each year we get many high-quality applications and places for many of our courses are very competitive.  

Search similar degrees for 2024 entry by browsing our course finder.

Improve your research skills with our research methods in psychology programme. You'll gain advanced training in a range of research and data analysis techniques. The course is ideal if you want to do PhD study in the future, or you're interested in becoming a professional researcher.

You'll acquire the skills to:

  • decide your own research questions
  • develop your research
  • analyse the data
  • prepare reports

This psychology research methods degree allows you to improve both your basic and advanced research skills. You’ll be working with internationally renowned researchers in the School of Psychology. You will also be mentored by an expert in the field when you carry out your own research, culminating in your dissertation. You’ll learn how to conduct studies, describe your findings and write up the results.

Our graduates often continue their studies to pursue PhDs. Many go on to work with the Office for National Statistics, within the NHS or in private organisations compiling survey data.

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.

Back to top