MRes Psychology / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course description

Our MRes Psychology course will prepare you for a successful research career in psychology.

You will undertake a year-long research project, supported by taught units for comprehensive research skills training.

The major advantage of this course is that you will put the acquired research skills into practice by working with experts in the field for the entire year.

Our supervisors have a wide range of expertise and we will ensure your research project is always tailored towards your research interest. Please see a list of project examples here .

Through the taught units, you will receive a strong grounding in the theoretical understanding, knowledge and practical experience of key research paradigms, research designs and statistical techniques used in experimental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, clinical psychology, and neuropsychology.

You will also develop transferable skills training for careers outside academia, including data science skills, science communication, and patient, public and business engagement.

We have a long tradition of producing internationally renowned research and high-quality research training. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework audit (Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience), we were ranked 7th for output and 8th overall in the UK by research power, and were rated 100% world-leading in research environment.

Our MRes course is endorsed by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and 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.

Teaching and learning

Our teaching is delivered using a combination of lecture-seminars, workshops and problem-based learning exercises in small groups, allowing for individual support and feedback. You will receive substantial research training through hands-on learning by designing, running and analysing studies in close coordination with supervisors. You are encouraged to participate in research seminars, meetings and workshops within our active and vibrant research community. If needed, you also have the opportunity to supplement your training with research and career management skills courses provided by the University's Careers Service, a teaching assistant/demonstrators course, and language courses provided by the University's Language Centre.

Key academic staff

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is by examination, continuous assessment in the form of essays, practical reports and exercises, presentations, skills portfolio and a final dissertation for your research project.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Advanced Data Skills, Open Science and Reproducibility BIOL63101 15 Mandatory
Advanced Statistics Workshop BIOL63112 15 Mandatory
Advanced Research Methods in Experimental Psychology BIOL63121 15 Mandatory
Qualitative Research Methods BIOL63130 30 Mandatory
Contemporary Research Skills BIOL63152 15 Mandatory
Dissertation BIOL63160 90 Mandatory

Facilities

You will be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .