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Are you fascinated by the study of psychology? Do you crave the opportunity to take your research and learning to the next level? The MRes Psychology will give dedicated students a practical education in psychological research training, informed by a wealth of exceptional staff research and experience.

Our staff here at Northumbria University are actively engaged in world-leading research on a range of topics, with almost three-quarters of Northumbria’s psychology research being judged to have outstanding reach and significance for its impact (REF 2014).

You will work in a professional, research environment and develop advanced research skills that will enable you to plan, execute, analyse and disseminate high-quality psychological research. This includes access to state of the art laboratories, equipped with industry standard equipment, meaning that you graduate with all of the familiarity of working in a research lab. This is a major advantage when it comes to seeking employment.

You will learn from those at the forefront of their fields. In fact, our strength in psychology research has significantly increased. This places us second in the Alliance group of universities for world-leading research (REF 2014).

With the opportunity to work both individually and collaboratively on research projects you will gain valuable critical and transferable skills and an understanding of the professional and ethical issues relating to producing research. You will graduate with your Psychology MRes ready for employment in a research context, or doctoral level training in psychological research or applied psychology.

Assessments and interactive activities are reflective of the kinds of tasks which active researchers engage with. For example, on this course, you will participate in a journal club, learn to conduct a collaborative pre-registered replication study, present your work at our MRes conference and develop programming skills for conducting sophisticated data analysis and building experiments.

Much of your learning will be hands on, and you will have substantial choice in developing and running a range of qualitative and quantitative studies on topics which align with your own research interests, under the guidance of our expert staff.

 Find out more about studying an MRes at Northumbria University here.

 

Are you fascinated by the study of psychology? Do you crave the opportunity to take your research and learning to the next level? The MRes Psychology will give dedicated students a practical education in psychological research training, informed by a wealth of exceptional staff research and experience.

Our staff here at Northumbria University are actively engaged in world-leading research on a range of topics, with almost three-quarters of Northumbria’s psychology research being judged to have outstanding reach and significance for its impact (REF 2014).

You will work in a professional, research environment and develop advanced research skills that will enable you to plan, execute, analyse and disseminate high-quality psychological research. This includes access to state of the art laboratories, equipped with industry standard equipment, meaning that you graduate with all of the familiarity of working in a research lab. This is a major advantage when it comes to seeking employment.

You will learn from those at the forefront of their fields. In fact, our strength in psychology research has significantly increased. This places us second in the Alliance group of universities for world-leading research (REF 2014).

With the opportunity to work both individually and collaboratively on research projects you will gain valuable critical and transferable skills and an understanding of the professional and ethical issues relating to producing research. You will graduate with your Psychology MRes ready for employment in a research context, or doctoral level training in psychological research or applied psychology.

Assessments and interactive activities are reflective of the kinds of tasks which active researchers engage with. For example, on this course, you will participate in a journal club, learn to conduct a collaborative pre-registered replication study, present your work at our MRes conference and develop programming skills for conducting sophisticated data analysis and building experiments.

Much of your learning will be hands on, and you will have substantial choice in developing and running a range of qualitative and quantitative studies on topics which align with your own research interests, under the guidance of our expert staff.

 Find out more about studying an MRes at Northumbria University here.

 

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
12 months full-time

Department
Psychology

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2022

Fee Information

Module Information

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Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

A first or upper second class degree in Psychology (or equivalent).

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have one of the following English language qualifications with grades as shown below.

    • A British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 6.0
    • Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 54.

    The University also accepts many other English language qualifications and if you have any questions about our English Language requirements please contact the International Admissions Office and we will be glad to assist

Entry Requirements 2022/23

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree in Psychology.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

 *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

Full UK Fee: £8,400

Full EU Fee: £16,000

Full International Fee: £16,000



Scholarships and Discounts

Click here for UK, EU and International Scholarships scholarship, fees, and funding information.


ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Fees and Funding 2022/23 Entry

Full UK Fee: £9,075

Full EU Fee: £16,500

Full International Fee: £16,500

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

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The Apply Now button will redirect you to the relevant website if this is the case.

You can find further application advice, such as what to include in your application and what happens after you apply, on our Admissions Hub Admissions | Northumbria University



Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

PY0767 -

Research Experience: Design and Development (Core,20 Credits)

This module will enable you to design and develop a piece of psychological research whilst embedded within an established research group. You will gain knowledge of the skills, techniques and theories relevant to the research group and you will critically evaluate relevant literature in order to develop your own research project. You will reflect on the necessary time-management skills required in order to plan a feasible project and you will understand the ethical issues relevant to the domain area and apply these to the submission of your own ethics application.

More information

PY0768 -

Research Experience: Implementation and Dissemination (Core,20 Credits)

This module will build on skills developed in PY0767(Research Experience: Design and Development) in order to allow you to carry out your planned research and to disseminate the results. Normally it is expected that you will continue to work on the project developed alongside the research team in PY0767 (Research Experience: Design and Development). As you implement that research study you will contribute to the creation of new knowledge and practical applications and also personally reflect on the ways in which empirical research can be applied to inform theory, policy and practice. You will develop the capacity to work autonomously and collaboratively to achieve successful research outcomes.

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PY0769 -

MRes Thesis (Core,90 Credits)

On this module you will have the opportunity to independently conceptualise, plan and undertake a novel piece of research that contributes to psychological knowledge and understanding. You will critically evaluate current theories and evidence in order to generate your own research question. You will engage with the relevant ethical guidelines to design a feasible project plan. You will develop your independent research skills during this module as well as identifying points of collaboration with supervisors, research staff and other potential stakeholders. You will have the opportunity to communicate your research plans in both written and oral form and then use a variety of relevant skills, techniques and research methods in order to implement your study. Finally you will have the opportunity to disseminate your findings in written form.

More information

PY0794 -

Advanced Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis (Core,30 Credits)

The module is designed to give you a theoretical and practical knowledge of more advanced quantitative and qualitative methods for analysing data in psychology. A range of methods will be studied and relevant hardware and software will be used in exercises. The communication of findings according to the most recent conventions and with due regard to the audience will be addressed. The approach is to provide a theoretical background for each technique, so that you are not simply capable of carrying out and reporting analyses, but also capable of reflecting critically on their appropriateness in psychological research and practice.

More information

PY0795 -

Practical Research Skills and Techniques (Core,20 Credits)

This module introduces you to a range of research skills and practical techniques which are essential for academic researchers. In semester 1 you will learn about the practicalities of being a researcher, including an overview of research funding, project planning and managing time, participant recruitment research ethics, the peer review process, responding to referee comments, and conference presentation skills. You will also be encouraged to self-reflect as a researcher, considering for example your media skills, employability prospects and your research career. In semester 2 you will focus on specialist hardware and software techniques specific to psychology. Techniques will include the use of EEG, eye-tracking, near infra-red spectroscopy, and motion capture. Sessions will cover the rationale for the use of particular techniques, and the associated practical and methodological issues. Furthermore, you will spend several sessions learning how to implement your research designs and craft experiments using experiment building software as well as tackling issues such as millisecond precise timing in the programming language Python using the PsychoPy libraries.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

PY0767 -

Research Experience: Design and Development (Core,20 Credits)

This module will enable you to design and develop a piece of psychological research whilst embedded within an established research group. You will gain knowledge of the skills, techniques and theories relevant to the research group and you will critically evaluate relevant literature in order to develop your own research project. You will reflect on the necessary time-management skills required in order to plan a feasible project and you will understand the ethical issues relevant to the domain area and apply these to the submission of your own ethics application.

More information

PY0768 -

Research Experience: Implementation and Dissemination (Core,20 Credits)

This module will build on skills developed in PY0767(Research Experience: Design and Development) in order to allow you to carry out your planned research and to disseminate the results. Normally it is expected that you will continue to work on the project developed alongside the research team in PY0767 (Research Experience: Design and Development). As you implement that research study you will contribute to the creation of new knowledge and practical applications and also personally reflect on the ways in which empirical research can be applied to inform theory, policy and practice. You will develop the capacity to work autonomously and collaboratively to achieve successful research outcomes.

More information

PY0769 -

MRes Thesis (Core,90 Credits)

On this module you will have the opportunity to independently conceptualise, plan and undertake a novel piece of research that contributes to psychological knowledge and understanding. You will critically evaluate current theories and evidence in order to generate your own research question. You will engage with the relevant ethical guidelines to design a feasible project plan. You will develop your independent research skills during this module as well as identifying points of collaboration with supervisors, research staff and other potential stakeholders. You will have the opportunity to communicate your research plans in both written and oral form and then use a variety of relevant skills, techniques and research methods in order to implement your study. Finally you will have the opportunity to disseminate your findings in written form.

More information

PY0794 -

Advanced Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis (Core,30 Credits)

The module is designed to give you a theoretical and practical knowledge of more advanced quantitative and qualitative methods for analysing data in psychology. A range of methods will be studied and relevant hardware and software will be used in exercises. The communication of findings according to the most recent conventions and with due regard to the audience will be addressed. The approach is to provide a theoretical background for each technique, so that you are not simply capable of carrying out and reporting analyses, but also capable of reflecting critically on their appropriateness in psychological research and practice.

More information

PY0795 -

Practical Research Skills and Techniques (Core,20 Credits)

This module introduces you to a range of research skills and practical techniques which are essential for academic researchers. In semester 1 you will learn about the practicalities of being a researcher, including an overview of research funding, project planning and managing time, participant recruitment research ethics, the peer review process, responding to referee comments, and conference presentation skills. You will also be encouraged to self-reflect as a researcher, considering for example your media skills, employability prospects and your research career. In semester 2 you will focus on specialist hardware and software techniques specific to psychology. Techniques will include the use of EEG, eye-tracking, near infra-red spectroscopy, and motion capture. Sessions will cover the rationale for the use of particular techniques, and the associated practical and methodological issues. Furthermore, you will spend several sessions learning how to implement your research designs and craft experiments using experiment building software as well as tackling issues such as millisecond precise timing in the programming language Python using the PsychoPy libraries.

More information

Any Questions?

Our admissions team will be happy to help. They can be contacted on 0191 406 0901.

Contact Details for Applicants:

bc.applicantservices@northumbria.ac.uk

All information on this course page is accurate at the time of viewing.

Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of face to face and online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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