MSc Research Methods in Psychology

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MSc 1Yr FT
    MSc 2Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.2
  3. Taught at
    Singleton Park Campus

Course Overview

This masters degree in Research Methods in Psychology aims to provide an opportunity to research and learn about a wide range of topics in psychology; from basic learning and cognition, to neuropsychology, and to applied topics in clinical and educational psychology

Key Features


  • One of four Psychology departments to achieve a 100% 4* rating (maximum score possible) for the reach and significance of its work in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. Based on this measure Psychology at Swansea was ranked 14th (out of 82) in the UK
  • Our Psychology department is ranked 5th in the UK for Graduate Prospects by The Times and Sunday Times University League Tables 2018.

Teaching and Employability:

  • High-level training in advanced research methods and skills
  • Exciting opportunities to conduct basic and applied research projects in a wide range of areas.
  • Unique mix of small-group teaching in seminars, workshops, and practical sessions, as well as a diverse range of assessment methods and access to staff and other one-to-one teaching support from demonstrators for technical subjects. 
  • International student mentor to all international/overseas fee-paying Psychology students
  • Opportunity to gain funding for Ph.D. places, and to gain access to professional training courses in Clinical Psychology and Educational Psychology 


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MSc 1 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PS-M10Semester 3 (Summer Taught)60Dissertation (MSc Research Methods)
PS-M11Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Generic Research Skills
PS-M12Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Computing Skills
PS-M13Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Empirical Projects
PS-M14Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Philosophy of Psychology
PS-M15Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Special Research Skills
PS-M16Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Statistical Methods
PS-M39Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Qualitative Methods

MSc 2 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules


This MSc provides students with high-level training in advanced research methods and skills, and offers exciting opportunities to conduct basic and applied research projects in a wide range of areas. 

Students learn to use a range of research tools, such as databases, statistical software, and computer programmes.  

By the end of this training, students will have acquired a wide range of practical research skills to apply in any context where human behaviour is important.  They will have gained practical knowledge of the nature and limitations of the scientific method and the main alternatives, and knowledge of the general historical, theoretical, and philosophical issues underlying psychological and behavioural science.

Entry Requirements

  • a minimum of a UK 2.2 degree in Psychology, or a related discipline
  • applicants without a suitable degree qualification should be able to evidence substantial research activity in their current roles
  • non-first language English speakers are required to have a minimum of IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in all domains, or a University approved equivalent, prior to starting the programme
  • applicants to the MSc in Research Methods in Psychology are required to demonstrate a commitment to a subsequent career within a research setting

How To Apply

Applicants are encouraged to apply online as this will make it easier to track their progress.

International students can make an application by visiting emailing

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc Full-time £6,850 £15,200
MSc Part-time £3,450 £7,600

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Students are likely to encounter additional costs at university. These can include, amongst others:

  • Buying stationery and equipment, such as USB sticks, etc.
  • Personal copies of core texts (loan copies are available in the University library)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Binding of research projects/ dissertations (approximately £5)
  • Some research projects require a Disclosure and Barring Service Check (current price £44)
  • Gowns for graduation ceremonies

Please note there are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course. 

Who should apply?

This course is suitable for:

  • Anybody with an interest in developing a career in research, either in psychology, or social and health sciences, or those wishing to apply research skills in the private sector.
  • Students who wish to pursue further professional training in professional and applied areas of psychology have found the research training provided very helpful in developing this aspect of their skills portfolio.

Course Structure

The full-time course, which will last one year, will normally involve attending the University for two full days a week (Monday and Tuesday). The part-time course, which lasts two years, will normally involve attending the University one full day a week.


Teaching is in seminars, workshops, lectures and practical classes. Assessment is mainly by written coursework and reports of empirical projects carried out individually and in groups. 

Staff Expertise

Many of the College of Human and Health Sciences team are leaders in their specialist fields of research. They undertake novel and original research in a variety of areas, including clinical and health psychology, brain injury, sleep, cognition, neuroscience and developmental psychology.

Find out more about the Psychology team  at Swansea.

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. 


In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences find out more here  or take a virtual tour  of the college. 

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