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MSc by Research Psychology

MSc by Research Psychology

Research expertise in the School of Psychology include cognitive and behavioural development, applied clinical and forensic psychology, the experience and negotiation of identity, cognitive neuroscience, visual perception, and memory.

The Course

As an MSc by Research student you will have the opportunity to conduct independent research into an area of psychology of your choice and produce an extended thesis with guidance from two academic supervisors.

The School’s active research base ensures academic staff are involved in current debates and that they are up-to-date with emerging developments in psychology.

Particular areas of research expertise in the School include cognitive and behavioural development, applied clinical and forensic psychology, the experience and negotiation of identity, cognitive neuroscience, visual perception, and memory.

As a postgraduate researcher in the School of Psychology, you will be supervised by academics with specialist knowledge of your subject area. You can also receive training in research methods and have the opportunity to contribute to the School’s seminar series.

The Course

MSc by Research students are able to conduct independent research into an area of psychology of their own choice and produce an extended thesis with guidance from two academic supervisors who have specialist knowledge of the subject area. Students can also receive training in research methods and have the opportunity to contribute to the School’s seminar series.

The School’s active research base ensures academic staff are involved in current debates and that they are up-to-date with emerging developments in psychology. Particular areas of research expertise in the School include: evolution and developmental psychology; forensic and clinical psychology; identity and psychologies; and perception, action, and cognition.

Please visit the research pages of the School find out more, and to identify potential academic supervisors:

http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/psychology/research/

Potential applicants are invited to contact the supervisors that they feel are best suited to their research area to discuss the process further.

Research areas include:

Evolution and developmental psychology
Forensic and clinical psychology
Identity and psychologies
Perception, action and cognition

Please visit the Research pages of the School to find areas you are interested in, and to identify potential academic supervisors:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/psychology/research/researchopportunities/

You are invited to contact the supervisors that you feel are best suited to your research area to discuss the process further. Other projects may also be available so please contact potential supervisors to enquire further.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research. You will have meetings with your academic supervisor, however the regularity of these will vary depending on your own individual requirements, subject area, staff availability and the stage of your programme.
Enrolment Dates

To support your experience within the postgraduate research community, new students are encouraged to enrol in October, February or May.

In addition to meeting peers across the University who are starting their research programme at the same time, there is access to a central training programme designed around the first three months of study, and targeted support aligned to each stage of the postgraduate research journey. Alternative enrolment dates may be agreed with your supervisor on an individual basis.

2020/21 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,407 £2,204
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£3,526 £1,763
International £16,100 £8,050
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)***
£14,100 £7,050
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £710 £710
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,308 £2,308

 

2019/20 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,327 £2,164
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£3,462 £1,731
International £15,800 £7,900
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)***
£13,800 £6,900
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £696 £696
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,263 £2,263

 

* Academic year August – July

** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 20% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study.

*** Subject to eligibility. Reduction applied to first year’s fees only.

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

A reduced 'writing-up' fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

First or upper second class honours degree.

The School of Psychology has a strong and growing reputation for fundamental and applied research with international impact.

Postgraduate research students are placed at the heart of our research activity. Our research is supported by a wide range of funding bodies, published in top-ranking journals, and presented at international conferences. The School fosters a vibrant and outward facing culture and encourages members of the public and non-academic organisations to become partners and collaborators in our research.

Particular areas of research expertise in the School include:

  • Evolution and developmental psychology
  • Forensic and clinical psychology
  • Identity and psychologies
  • Perception, action, and cognition.


Please visit the Research pages of the School to find areas you are interested in, and to identify potential academic supervisors:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/psychology/research/researchopportunities/

You are invited to contact the supervisors that you feel are best suited to your research area to discuss the process further. Other projects may also be available so please contact potential supervisors to enquire further.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the majority of time is spent in independent study and research. Students will have meetings with their academic supervisor, but the frequency of these will vary depending on individual requirements, subject area, staff availability, and stage of programme.
An MSc by Research is usually awarded based on the quality of the student’s thesis and ability to present and successfully defend their chosen research topic in an oral examination (viva voce). They are also expected to demonstrate how their research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.
Enrolment Dates

To support students’ experiences within the postgraduate research community, new students are encouraged to enrol in October, February, or May.

In addition to meeting peers across the University who are starting their research programme at the same time, there is access to a central training programme designed around the first three months of study, and targeted support aligned to each stage of the postgraduate research journey. Alternative enrolment dates may be agreed with supervisors on an individual basis.

The suitability of applicants is assessed on the basis of these main aspects:

  • The suitability of the proposed project in terms of time-frame, resources needed, and the possibility to run the study (assessed based on the research project proposal and interview)
  • The motivation of the applicant to complete an MSc (assessed based on the cover letter and interview)
  • Previous experience and qualifications (assessed based on the CV)
  • Level of overlap between applicants’ proposed project and a supervisor’s research interests (capacity of the supervisors to successfully guide the applicant during the programme).
2020/21 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,407 £2,204
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£3,526 £1,763
International £16,100 £8,050
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)***
£14,100 £7,050
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £710 £710
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,308 £2,308

 

2019/20 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,327 £2,164
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£3,462 £1,731
International £15,800 £7,900
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)***
£13,800 £6,900
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £696 £696
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,263 £2,263

 

* Academic year August – July

** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 20% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study.

*** Subject to eligibility. Reduction applied to first year’s fees only.

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

A reduced 'writing-up' fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

First or upper second class honours degree.
Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

Expert image Bonaventura Majolo

Dr Bonaventura Majolo

School of Psychology Postgraduate Research Lead

Dr Majolo is the Postgraduate Research Lead for the School of Psychology. His research interests include primate socio-ecology and he is the Director of the Barbary Macaque Project which looks at the socio-ecology of the Barbery macaque. Dr Majolo is also a member of the School of Psychology Research Committee.
Contact: bmajolo@lincoln.ac.uk


Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

Students may progress to PhD study, embark on an academic career, or work within industry or the public/private sector or charities.

The opportunities available will depend on the topic of students’ research projects and on the set of skills students develop during the programme of study.


Facilities

The Sarah Swift Building is home to the Schools of Health and Social Care and Psychology. The building houses specialist teaching and research spaces for both Schools, as well as general teaching and learning facilities for the wider University

The University has invested more than £300 million in its buildings and facilities. Further plans to invest in additional facilities, along with the refurbishment of existing buildings across our campus, are underway. Based on the picturesque Brayford Pool marina, everything you need is either on campus or a short walk away.

Students can study and research in the University's Great Central Warehouse Library, which provides more than 250,000 printed books and approximately 400,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.


The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.