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This degree is ideal for all those wishing to become professional researchers in psychology working either in an academic or professional institution.

On this course, you will be introduced to a wide range of experimental tools used in research, and will learn how to plan, conduct and critically appraise research to a professional standard. As part of the course, you will also have the opportunity to work on a research apprenticeship with a senior researcher and develop your own independent research project.

In addition to these skills, you will be given professional training on how to disseminate your work to a non-academic audience through presentation skills, speaking with the media, and managing your profile. The course aims to develop practical skills that are essential to becoming a researcher, including how to write a peer-review of a journal article and how to prepare for a viva (oral) examination.

You can also tailor your qualification to suit your needs. Firstly, you can choose between having a focus on advanced quantitative or qualitative analysis depending on the type of research you would like to specialise in. You can then choose to specialise in your own area of psychology from a selection of optional content modules in different areas of psychology (subject to availability).

The course offers a set of transferable skills for a variety of research settings involving:

  • Appropriate information presentation,
  • Evaluation and analysis of data,
  • A range of methods of communication results,
  • Effective use of information technology
  • Teaching skills

“The course has been really beneficial for my understanding of statistics and research methods at both a theoretical and practical level. The knowledge and skills I learnt throughout the course have been really useful throughout my PhD, I use my notes from the course all the time!” Amelia Hall, PhD student

Why choose this course?

This course offers:

  • Teaching in advanced research and data analysis
  • Exposure to a wide range of research tools in psychology, including software (R, LaTeX) and hardware (eye-tracking apparatus, BIOPAC).
  • Professional training on how to speak with the media and disseminate your work to a non-academic audience
  • Development of practical skills, including how to write a peer-review of an academic publication, how to give a good presentation, and how to record a video abstract
  • An opportunity to prepare for a viva (oral) examination (as required for a PhD).
  • An opportunity to work on a research apprenticeship with a senior researcher in the department and to develop your own independent research project
  • The ability to tailor your degree to suit your needs by choosing to specialise in quantitative or qualitative analysis, or a mixture of both, and by selecting optional modules in different areas of psychology
  • Access to departmental research seminars across a range of subjects in psychology. 

Course details

Careers

This course can be used as the basis for professional training in research, and gives you transferable skills that are of great value in pursuing a career as a researcher. It is also ideal for those who would like to complete a professional doctorate in psychology. However, students on this course can have a wide range of careers in research, both in an academic or professional institution.

Previously, our students have gone on to study PhDs in a variety of different areas of psychology, and some have also used this qualification to work in health organisations and charities.

Teaching methods

The teaching of this course is delivered mainly through lectures and seminars but it is also accompanied by one-to-one supervision from professional staff members. As well as exams and coursework, this course is assessed by a range of practical assessments, including a peer review of a journal article, an oral presentation, and an examination viva.

The course comprises eight taught modules with a research project. It has a set of mandatory elements but offers you the flexibility to tailor your studies to your own particular interests or career aspirations.

Structure

Level 7

Core Modules

  • Research Methods and Data Analysis in Psychology - 30 Credits
  • Research Apprenticeship in Psychology - 30 Credits
  • Research Project in Psychology - 60 Credits

Optional

  • Critical Appraisal of Research - 15 Credits
  • Core Research Skills - Psychology - 15 Credits
  • Advanced Methods of Quantitative Data Analysis - 15 Credits
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology - 15 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £8400 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £700 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12650 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1050 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

Minimum of a 2.2 in an honours degree, however applicants will typically be expected to have produced work at a 2:1 level from an appropriate subject - Psychology or Cognitive Science or acceptable equivalent(s).

For country specific international qualifications please check here. 

An IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent will be required if English is not the first language. If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

How to apply

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201925/09/2020Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201925/09/2020Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201925/09/2020Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)

2020

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28/09/202025/09/2021Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/202025/09/2021Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/202025/09/2021Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)