Research Methods in Psychology MSc - 2017/8

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MSc Research Methods in Psychology

Subsidary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip Research Methods in Psychology
PGCert Research Methods in Psychology

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time PLD61011 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits
Part-time PLD61012 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

JACs code

C800

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Other internal and / or external reference points

N/A

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences - Psychology

Programme Leader

KLAVER P Dr (Psychology)

Date of production/revision of spec

21/11/2017

Educational aims of the programme

To provide postgraduate students with expertise of current psychological research methods appropriate for the behavioural sciences

To provide postgraduate students with the skills necessary for research at PhD level and/or making transition to the world of work

To provide postgraduate students with the skills necessary for formulating appropriate research questions, conducting empirical research and analysing and reporting research results

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of research design and strategies K MSc
Knowledge and understanding of psychology as an evidence-based science and the historical and theoretical issues underlying the discipline K MSc
Knowledge and understanding of psychological concepts and methodologies and how to evaluate the range of alternative research methods K MSc
Knowledge and understanding of quantitative/qualitative techniques to manage and analyse psychological data K MSc
Knowledge and understanding of different methods to present and communicate the results K MSc
Knowledge and understanding of ethical considerations when undertaking research K MSc
Critically assess and comment on both published and unpublished sources of research C MSc
Critically weigh up the contributions and limitations of psychological theories and methods in addressing research problems C MSc
Critically compare methods and research findings to develop, where appropriate, integrative theoretical frameworks to understand research methodologies C MSc
Design, conduct and evaluate psychological research including a rationale for choice of methods employed C MSc
Reflect on the mutual interaction between theory development, practice and application C MSc
Communicate work in a professional manner for academic and non-academic audiences in written and verbal formats P MSc
Apply problem solving techniques to psychological research topics effectively P MSc
Use effective learning strategies P MSc
Analyse and interpret quantitative and qualitative empirical evidence in a competent and critical manner P MSc
Communicate theories and methods in relation to psychology research by oral and written means T MSc
Use information technology effectively T MSc
Manage own personal development T MSc
Describe some of the basic principles of research design and strategies PGCert, PGDip
Describe some psychological concepts and methodologies and how to evaluate some alternative research methods PGCert, PGDip
Apply some quantitative/qualitative techniques to manage and analyse psychological data PGCert, PGDip
Critically evaluate the contributions and limitations of psychological theories and methods in addressing research problems PGDip

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure

Full-time

This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over one academic year, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)

Part-time

This Master's Degree programme is studied part-time over two academic years, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)

N/A

Modules

Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guess Speakers / Visiting Academics N
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
ERASMUS Study (that is not taken during Level P) N
Study exhange(s) (that are not part of the ERASMUS scheme) N
Dual degree N

Quality assurance

The Regulations and Codes of Practice for taught programmes can be found at:

https://www.surrey.ac.uk/quality-enhancement-standards

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.