Research Methods in Psychology MSc

Key information

Start date: October 2020

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

Why choose this course

The human mind shapes cultures, creates history and controls how we perceive and experience life. Our MSc Research Methods in Psychology course will inspire you to delve deep beneath the surface of psychology and discover the wide range of research methods used to understand it.

As a student on this course, you’ll cover a rich variety of contemporary psychological research methods. You’ll also benefit from a combination of study and hands-on research experience.

Our School of Psychology’s teaching and research facilities have recently undergone a major refurbishment, including a brand new psychology computer lab.

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What you will study

We will provide you with the psychological research expertise you need for the behavioural sciences and develop the skills to critically evaluate research and formulate forward-thinking research questions. 

We’ll also enhance the skills you need to conduct research, analyse your results and communicate the findings to others. We have designed our course so that you can develop numerous approaches to your research and combine them in your own way. The course provides an ideal stepping stone for research at a PhD level.

The School has a range of dedicated laboratories and cutting-edge research equipment, including labs for eye-tracking, perception and psychophysiological experiments; and high-tech neuroscientific equipment such as an electroencephalogram (EEG) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS).


We believe in involving all postgraduate students in the research conducted at our School of Psychology. We will give you the opportunity to participate in research groups, attend research seminars and have your own influence on impressive, ongoing research projects. Studying with us will also provide you access to a number of thought-provoking conferences, seminars and workshops hosted throughout the year.

Study and work abroad

There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

You’re very likely to join the ranks of our graduates who’ve progressed to fruitful careers in local government, management, university research, healthcare and clinical psychology. Our course also provides the ideal platform to progress to a PhD.


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps. 

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

Optional modules for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Level 7

Choose two from the listed optional modules in Semester 1 and three options from the listed optional modules in Semester 2.

PSYM144 GAMIFIED AND EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING AND RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY - This module is part of the Cognitive Psychology stream of optional modules and may not be running every year.

Optional modules for Year 1 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7

PT - Choose all compulsory modules in each semester of the course. Choose one optional module in semester 2. No more than two modules must be taken during each semester.

PSYM144 GAMIFIED AND EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING AND RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY - This module is part of the Cognitive Psychology stream of optional modules and may not be running every year.

Optional modules for Year 2 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7

PT - Choose two optional modules in each semester of the course. No more than two modules must be taken during each semester.

PSYM144 GAMIFIED AND EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING AND RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY - This module is part of the Cognitive Psychology stream of optional modules and may not be running every year.


New students will receive their personalised timetable during Welcome Week, and in subsequent semesters, two weeks prior to the start of semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF)

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in Psychology, or a recognised international equivalent.

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English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 6.5 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Selection process

Selection will be based upon the candidate’s application and references.

Credit transfer

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.


Start date: October 2020

Full-time - 1 year

UK/EU £8,300

Overseas £21,000

Part-time - 2 years

UK/EU £4,200

Overseas £10,500

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2020-21 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
  • If you are on a two-year or three-year part-time structured masters course, the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the course.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught courses.


You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about student finance.

Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.


This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

University of Surrey

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