Northumbria University Newcastle

Psychology MRes

The MRes Psychology will give dedicated students a practical education in psychological research training, informed by a wealth of exceptional staff research and experience.

Our staff here at Northumbria University are actively engaged in exciting research on a range of topics, in a research environment rated as internationally excellent (3*) and world-leading (4*) (REF 2021)"

You will work in a professional, research environment and develop advanced research skills that will enable you to plan, execute, analyse and disseminate high-quality psychological research. This includes access to state of the art laboratories, equipped with industry standard equipment, meaning that you graduate with all of the familiarity of working in a research lab. This is a major advantage when it comes to seeking employment.

You will learn from those at the forefront of their fields. In fact, our strength in psychology research has significantly increased. This places us 15th in the UK for research power (REF 2021). 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 with your Psychology MRes ready for employment in a research context, or doctoral level training in psychological research or applied psychology.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree in Psychology.

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

Career Prospects

  • 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.
  • 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.

Course Details

  • 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. 

Year One

Academic Language Skills (ALS) for PG Psychology Students (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)
Research Experience: Design and Development (Core,20 Credits)
Research Experience: Implementation and Dissemination (Core,20 Credits)
MRes Thesis (Core,90 Credits)
Advanced Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis (Core,30 Credits)
Practical Research Skills and Techniques (Core,20 Credits)

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