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Are you dedicated to the study of psychology and want to take your learning to the next level? The MRes Psychology will give you a practical education in psychological research training which is informed by staff research experience.

You will benefit from working in a professional research environment, and develop advanced research skills that will enable you to plan, execute, analyse and disseminate high-quality psychological research.

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 ready for employment in a research context, or doctoral level training in psychological research or applied psychology.

Are you dedicated to the study of psychology and want to take your learning to the next level? The MRes Psychology will give you a practical education in psychological research training which is informed by staff research experience.

You will benefit from working in a professional research environment, and develop advanced research skills that will enable you to plan, execute, analyse and disseminate high-quality psychological research.

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 ready for employment in a research context, or doctoral level training in psychological research or applied psychology.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
12 months full-time

Department
Psychology

Location
Northumberland Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

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You will study advanced research skills and techniques, exploring qualitative and quantitative methods, data collection and analysis through a variety of sessions including interactive lectures, workshops and tutorials. Benefitting from studying in a professional academic research environment you will put what you have learnt into practice, leading both collaborative and individual pieces of research.

All assessments are reflective of the kinds of tasks which active researchers engage with, to provide you with experience of practical research activities which are typically carried out in professional research settings. A final thesis will cement your learning and you will work closely with a member of staff to design, develop and implement a research project that is aligned to your interests. You will learn how to disseminate your findings to a variety of audiences. 

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Staff are active researchers, passionate about their subject and dedicated to the discovery of new knowledge through innovative and exciting research projects.

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

You will work alongside academics with international backgrounds in research and experience in both higher education and industry. 

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You will learn in a professional research environment with access to state-of-the-art laboratories equipped with industry standard equipment. You will be able to collect and analyse your data using the most current software tools and will benefit from technology enabled learning with use of the eLearning Portal where electronic reading lists, lecture capture and online submission and feedback tools support your learning.

You will be immersed in an active research environment with access to Northumbria’s innovative research centres including The Brain Performance and Nutrition Research Centre and The Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research. With staff working at the cutting-edge of their fields in innovative research areas, there is nowhere better to hone your research skills.

 

Facilities / Department of Psychology

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Research excellence is embedded at every stage of this course. Through research-orientated education and practical instruction you will develop the advanced research skills and critical evaluation techniques needed to conduct your own and collaborative research projects in the field of Psychology from initial idea to dissemination of results. The core purpose of this MRes is to make you into a confident and skilled professional researcher.

Staff are actively engaged in a wide range of research with almost three-quarters of Northumbria’s psychology research being judged to have outstanding reach and significance for its impact, placing us top 20 in the UK (REF 2014).

World Leading Research / Department of Psychology

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This distinctive and specialist postgraduate course incorporates professional training and advanced study in psychological research and is designed to make you as employable as possible.

We provide you with an authentic learning experience, enabling you to work in a professional research environment. You will have the invaluable opportunity to work on a research placement with an academic researcher from the Department of Psychology, collaborating with this member of staff, their research partners and research groups to design, develop and implement a research project based on shared interests and enabling you to gain the applied research and team working skills that are desired by employers in the sector.

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The MRes Psychology provides you with the advanced research experience, critical knowledge and transferable skills to enable you to plan, execute, analyse and disseminate high-quality psychological research.

You will graduate as a trained psychological researcher fit for employment in professional research settings, enterprising and entrepreneurial activity or further study. Many of our previous graduates have continued to build on their research interests by going on to PhDs in psychological research or applied psychology, whilst others have worked as assistant psychologists or followed careers in the NHS.

MRes Psychology Students / Profiles

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Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

This distinctive postgraduate course is designed for those with a desire to develop advanced skills, knowledge and understanding of psychological research. The MRes Psychology is a natural stepping stone if you are looking to progress to a PhD and/or for those interested in a career in psychological research or applied psychology.

 

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree in Psychology (or an equivalent).

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 6.0 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 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: £7,995

Full EU Fee: £7,995

Full International Fee: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

Modules

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

PY0766 -

Practical Research Skills and Techniques (Core, 30 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, qualitative research methods 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.

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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.

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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.

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PY0782 -

Advanced Quantitative Research Methods (Core, 20 Credits)

The module is designed to give you a theoretical and practical knowledge of more advanced quantitative methods of 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.

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Any Questions?

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