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MSc Psychological Research Methods

MSc Psychological Research Methods

This programme is intended for those who work, intend to work, or intend to carry out research at an academic level in Psychology and its related areas.

The Course

This programme is designed to prepare students for a career which requires a solid understanding of research methods in specific areas of Psychology.

To support this aim, students have the opportunity to develop a firm scientific basis in psychological research methods, not only with the aim of making it possible to understand the state of the art, but also with the aim of making it possible to develop original research ideas, independently work out such ideas, employ rigorous methodological standards, and disseminate results and conclusions at the highest possible level.

What distinguishes this programme is its focus on learning about applied research methods and techniques in different areas of Psychological research, and the opportunity for students to put together their own programme of study by choosing between several module options. Students are asked to write up their Thesis project as a paper (6,000-8,000 words) that can in principle be submitted to a peer reviewed journal at a later date.

The Course

The MSc in Psychological Research Methods aims to give students a solid basis to evaluate and initiate research in Psychology, with an understanding of theory, different methodologies, and statistical techniques. The focus of this programme is on learning about applied research methods and techniques in different areas of Psychological research.

The programme seeks to prepare students for a career involving a solid understanding of research methods in specific areas of Psychology. To support this aim, students are provided with a firm scientific basis in Psychological research methods. This aims to make it possible to develop original research ideas, implement these ideas, employ rigorous methodological standards, and disseminate results and conclusions at a high standard.

What distinguishes this programme is its focus on learning about applied research methods and techniques in different areas of psychological research.

Teaching is predominantly delivered on a Monday and Tuesday, although students should expect to attend a minimal number of sessions on other days of the week.
The training programme is designed to comprise research skills and methods, scientific, ethical and philosophical underpinnings, and research designs typically used when aiming to understand psychological structures and processes. The Thesis project as well as module option choices provide the opportunity for students to develop a specialist knowledge-base in a particular area of Psychology.

Students are asked to choose six optional modules as part of this programme. A list of these optional modules can be found in the Modules tab.

The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may for example include lectures, seminars, workshops, practicals, independent study research and one-to-one learning. Students are expected to engage in at least 2-3 hours of independent self study for each contact hour.

Advanced Research Internship (Option)
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Advanced Research Internship (Option)

As part of this module students have the opportunity to learn about a specific area of research undertaken by a member of staff. This typically involves learning about a member of staff's research publications, research support structures (e.g., grant applications and/or lab work), data collection and data analysis methods, and research dissemination activities (e.g., conferences submission, peer review submission of work).

Students can only choose this option if an appropriate member of staff has been identified and has agreed to supervise the applied research work. Students are typically involved in literature review work, data collection, data analysis and other work related to the specific research interests of the member of staff. The aim of this optional module is for a student to be immersed and engaged in a specific area of research, and to have the chance to carry out pilot research work in this area.

Advanced Research Methods and Skills (Core)
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Advanced Research Methods and Skills (Core)

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the basic principles of a range of advanced procedures for the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, typically using appropriate software packages such as R and NVIVO. The skills taught on the core module Research Methods and Skills is assumed before taking this module. The module focuses on the use of research methods in an applied context and works towards an understanding of more complex methodologies.

Applied Neuropsychology (Option)
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Applied Neuropsychology (Option)

This module is designed to examine the implications of neuropsychological research and theory for practice across a broad spectrum of problems presented by individuals with cognitive disorders. Students can learn how the application of neuropsychological approaches and techniques guide assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a range of neurological and neurodegenerative conditions.

Where appropriate, the cognitive status of real-life patients with brain disorders can be examined. This module may be of particular interest to those students intending to pursue a career in applied areas of psychology, health related occupational professions, or research involving neuropsychological populations.

Basic Programming Skills (Option)
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Basic Programming Skills (Option)

The aim of the module is to provide students with the opportunity to develop basic programming skills for data analysis and experimentation. Basic programming skills can provide a greater degree of flexibility in data analysis and experimentation than by relying on ready built software. The module typically consists of two blocks: (1) basic programming skills for data analysis, and (2) introduction to programming for experimentation.

Evolution and Human Behaviour (Option)
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Evolution and Human Behaviour (Option)

This module introduces evolutionary theory and how it can be applied to psychology. Evolutionary psychology synthesises modern psychology and evolutionary biology to better understand human behaviour. The module will examine the forces of evolution and our human origins to better understand human nature, mind, and behaviour.

Forensic Child Psychology (Option)
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Forensic Child Psychology (Option)

This module is designed to consider forensic issues and mental disorders and how they affect children, and the perpetration of offences by children. The focus is on providing the opportunity to develop an understanding of how critical events result in developmental pathways which lead to emotional and psychological problems and possibly of offending behaviour. The module includes developmental trauma and attachment, child protection, effects of victimisation and child/youth offending.

From the Lab to the World: Psychology Research in Practice (Option)
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From the Lab to the World: Psychology Research in Practice (Option)

The aim of this module is to enable students to apply psychological research methods to real-world challenges. Organisations such as industries, charities, and local governments increasingly look to psychologists and researchers to inform their practice. Students can develop an appreciation of how psychological research can be applied to real world problems, and how academics and industries can collaborate to develop and evaluate techniques.

We will draw on psychological theory and research to examine a range of different social and environmental problems. We will also consider the challenges that are commonly encountered in the application of psychological research. Overall, the module aims to widen students’ understanding and appreciation of the potential application of their research in society across a range of topic areas (e.g. forensic, social, organisational, and developmental research).

MSc Thesis (Core)
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MSc Thesis (Core)

The thesis is designed to allow students to explore in more detail their interests in a specific area of research. It allows the opportunity to design, implement, analyse and write-up a substantial piece of empirical work.

Research Methods and Skills (Core)
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Research Methods and Skills (Core)

This module discusses research designs, research ethics, data collection, data preparation and data analysis and dissemination. Both quantitative and qualitative research methods and skills are covered in this module.

Research Methods in Developmental Psychology (Option)
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Research Methods in Developmental Psychology (Option)

This module aims to give students the opportunity to practice research-based learning by providing the chance to develop practical skills and exploring the nature of research methods in a wide variety of applications. Overall, the module aims to widen students’ understanding and appreciation of the main principles of how research methods are applied.

Research Methods in Perception and Cognition (Option)
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Research Methods in Perception and Cognition (Option)

The aim of the module is to give students an opportunity to explore the methodology used in perception and cognition research. Students have the chance to develop practical skills in laboratory settings. The module is designed to introduce psychophysical methods and computational methods, emphasising the use of theory, e.g. signal processing theory, and ways of testing these theories.

Consideration is given to individual differences, and clinical populations in perceptual research. Overall, the module aims to widen students’ understanding and appreciation of the main principles of how research methods are applied in basic science.

Seminar Diaries in Psychological Science (Option)
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Seminar Diaries in Psychological Science (Option)

Students are expected to attend a series of external and internal research seminars within the School of Psychology with the aim of attending a total of 15 seminars across the academic year. Assessment is via seminar diaries submitted twice during the course of the year.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Assessments vary from research proposals to seminar diaries, research reports, take home exams, essays and presentations.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Students with non-standard entry requirements may be invited for interview.
 2020/21 Entry*
Home/EU £7,700

Home/EU
(including Alumni Scholarship 20% reduction )**

£6,160
International £16,000
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)**
£14,000
   
 Part-time Home/EU £43 per credit point
 Part-time International £89 per credit point

 

Loans

A Postgraduate Master's Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study. Individuals** will be able to borrow up to £10,906 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Master's qualification. The amount available will depend on the start date of your course.

Scholarships

As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £49, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2,940.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

Exceptionally tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

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/].

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and your meals may be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional you will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay your own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

First or upper second class honours degree in psychology or equivalent.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/ . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Research in the School of Psychology is organised into three main research groups, covering a wide range of topics such as face perception, body image, sleep, emotion, autism, neurostimulation, electrophysiology, and visual-vestibular interactions.
Teaching is predominantly delivered on a Monday and Tuesday, although students should expect to attend a minimal number of sessions on other days of the week.
The programme is designed to comprise research skills and methods, scientific, ethical and philosophical underpinnings, and research designs typically used when attempting to understand psychological structures and processes. The optional modules and thesis project enable students to develop a specialist knowledge-base in a particular area of psychology.

The composition and delivery of the course breaks is different for each module and may for example include lectures, seminars, workshops, practicals, independent study research, and one-to-one learning.

Teaching is predominantly delivered on a Monday and Tuesday, although students should expect to attend a minimal number of sessions on other days of the week. Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour spent in class, students are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study. For more detailed information please contact the Programme Leader.

Advanced Research Internship (Option)
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Advanced Research Internship (Option)

As part of this module students have the opportunity to learn about a specific area of research undertaken by a member of staff. This typically involves learning about a member of staff's research publications, research support structures (e.g., grant applications and/or lab work), data collection and data analysis methods, and research dissemination activities (e.g., conferences submission, peer review submission of work).

Students can only choose this option if an appropriate member of staff has been identified and has agreed to supervise the applied research work. Students are typically involved in literature review work, data collection, data analysis and other work related to the specific research interests of the member of staff. The aim of this optional module is for a student to be immersed and engaged in a specific area of research, and to have the chance to carry out pilot research work in this area.

Advanced Research Methods in Psychology (Core)
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Advanced Research Methods in Psychology (Core)

This module covers basic concepts underlying multivariate analysis, such as factor analysis and multiple regression as well as qualitative data analysis. Students gain an appreciation of advanced statistical procedures and methods via hands on practical experience in computer workshop sessions. By the end of the course students will understand how to select appropriate methodologies in relation to research aims and be able to critically appraise the advantages and limitations of these methodologies in relation to research aims.

Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychology (Option)
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Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychology (Option)

The focus of this module is on recent research and current applications in development. Taking a topical approach, this module discusses child and adolescent development in relation to contexts and correlates of typical and atypical development, developmental problems and applications. Topics may include specific developmental problems and/or disorders, problems and transitions in adolescence, context-based problems, and interventions.

Applied Neuropsychology (Core)
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Applied Neuropsychology (Core)

This module is designed to examine the implications of neuropsychological research and theory for practice across a broad spectrum of problems presented by individuals with cognitive disorders. Students can learn how the application of neuropsychological approaches and techniques guide assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a range of neurological and neurodegenerative conditions.

Where appropriate, the cognitive status of real-life patients with brain disorders can be examined. This module may be of particular interest to those students intending to pursue a career in applied areas of psychology, health related occupational professions, or research involving neuropsychological populations.

Brain, Behaviour and Lifespan Development (Core)
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Brain, Behaviour and Lifespan Development (Core)

Using a combination of lectures and interactive seminars, this module will focus on the development of the brain from birth throught to adulthood and later life. Contemporary research addressing how environmental and genetic factors influence the brain and behaviour will be appraised allowing students to apply a systematic approach to critically evaluate new scientific evidence in the field of
Developmental Psychology.

MSc Thesis (Core)
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MSc Thesis (Core)

The thesis is designed to allow students to explore their interests in a specific area of research in more detail. It provides the opportunity to design, implement, analyse, and write-up a substantial piece of empirical work.

Research Methods in Perception and Cognition (Core)
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Research Methods in Perception and Cognition (Core)

The aim of the module is to give students an opportunity to explore the methodology used in perception and cognition research. The module is designed to introduce a range of commonly used methods, typically including cognitive psychology, electrophysiology and neurostimulation. Essential skills required to create and run laboratory based experiments in psychology will be covered in workshop sessions.

Consideration is given to conceptual underpinnings of each methodology, as well as individual differences, for example clinical populations in perceptual research. Overall, the module aims to widen students’ understanding and appreciation of the main principles of how research methods are applied in basic science.

Work Experience (Option)
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Work Experience (Option)

The University has a strong commitment to providing academic programmes with public and private sector employers through student work placements.

A work placement is a three way co-operative activity between employer, student and University from which all parties are expected to benefit.

This module provides students with the opportunity to enhance their practical and transferable skills while gaining insight in how to use the theories and methods learned in their masters programme in a work environment. By linking academic experience to the world of work students also have to opportunity to reflect on possible career pathways and on how to apply psychological perspectives to future workplaces.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Assessments vary from research proposals and seminar diaries, to research reports, essays, and presentations.

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days of the submission date.

Applicants with non-standard entry requirements may be invited for interview as part of the admissions procedure to ensure student expectations match course expectations.
 2020/21 Entry*
Home/EU £7,700

Home/EU
(including Alumni Scholarship 20% reduction )**

£6,160
International £16,000
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)**
£14,000
   
 Part-time Home/EU £43 per credit point
 Part-time International £89 per credit point

 

Loans

A Postgraduate Master's Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study. Individuals** will be able to borrow up to £10,906 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Master's qualification. The amount available will depend on the start date of your course.

Scholarships

As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £49, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2,940.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

Exceptionally tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

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/].

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and your meals may be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional you will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay your own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

The MSc programme is open to students with a scientific undergraduate degree or an equivalent degree, who have graduated with at least a second class honours.

Students with non-standard entry requirements may also be considered, based on transcript results, previous qualifications or relevant experience, possibly subject to interview. Students can study this programme either full-time (one year), or part-time (two years).

We welcome applications from students with non-standard entry requirements. Applicants with non-standard entry requirements (e.g. relevant experience) may be interviewed to determine the suitability of the course.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications:


https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.


Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/


If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.


https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/

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.

Professor Tim Hodgson

Programme Leader


Contact: tlhodgson@lincoln.ac.uk


Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

This Master's programme is designed for students who are looking for the opportunity to develop a solid research skills base in their work or further study.

Career and Personal Development

This programme is intended for those who work, intend to work or intend to carry out research at an academic level in Psychology and its related areas.


Facilities

The Sarah Swift Building is the home of 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 School of Psychology's research facilities include a sleep lab, Lincoln Infant and Child Development Lab, a motor lab, an imagination and decision lab, an eye tracking lab, an EEG lab, and a TMS lab, as well as many other general purpose lab facilities.

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.


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.