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MRes Psychology - Master of Research / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

Degree awarded
Master of Research
1 year FT
Entry requirements

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second or the overseas equivalent) in psychology, including competent research methods knowledge and evidence of a research project/dissertation.

We may ask for additional information is some cases a degree in which psychology forms a major component may be acceptable. Each case will be judged on an individual basis.

Personal statements and CVs will not be considered as part of the application process.

International students: All international students must upload a scanned copy of their passport as part of the application process.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

To apply for a course you will need to complete and submit our online application form. 

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Course options

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Course description

Our Psychology (MRes) is a research-focused course providing an in-depth theoretical understanding, factual knowledge base and practical experience of key research paradigms, research designs and statistical techniques used in psychology and, more broadly, in the social sciences.

You will receive extensive training in:

  • quantitative methods: path analysis, hierarchical regression analysis, multi-level modelling, signal detection analysis and non-linear regression models;
  • qualitative methods: focus groups, interviewing skills, IPA, thematic analysis, grounded theory, discourse analysis and conversation analysis. 

You will also receive training in meta-analytical techniques, experience sampling, physiological recording methods, eye-tracking and working with children.

Our MRes focuses on various forms of dissemination activity including:

  • writing academic papers;
  • preparing posters;
  • writing summaries;
  • data presentation;
  • collaborating and communicating with stakeholders (e.g. patients, health professionals, teachers, NHS managers);
  • writing and communicating with the public and professional psychologists.

Many of our students have found that the methodology training has been invaluable for pursuing a broad variety of careers.

For example, students have told us that the MRes provides highly desirable skill sets for professionals in the social or health services, or in marketing and cognate disciplines (whose career development demands a research component) and for graduates wishing to enter professions involving a research component.

Additionally, this course will enable you to develop your critical thinking skills. We encourage you to question the evidence base of many assertions made in the media.

We will train you in the ability to take published articles in a number of domains of psychology and critically analyse components such as theoretical assumptions, methodologies used, date analysis (both qualitative and quantitative) and interpretation of the data. We will point you to wider domains of critical thinking in the realm of science.

In addition, our MRes provides one year, master's-level postgraduate training that constitutes the first year of ESRC 1+3 postgraduate PhD studentships awarded through the ESRC Northwest Doctoral Training College for full-time, part-time and CASE students.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MRes (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £21,500

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies. All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for international students for the course duration at the year of entry).

For general fees information please visit postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.


The MRes fulfills the first year of the ESRC 1+3 component.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 306 5439
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