Develop in-depth knowledge and skills of research methods. Prepare yourself for an academic or professional career with a focus on psychology. This course will expose you to a toolkit of methods you can use in your future research projects. In addition, you will have the opportunity to develop your practical skills in specific research methods; develop your theoretical thinking about research; and work closely on several of your own projects with an academic who is an active researcher in their field. This course aims to equip you with the skills to design, conduct, analyse and report a wide range of research projects and make you an efficient consumer of other people’s research. You will also acquire the communication skills and other key skills necessary to become an excellent researcher. South West Doctoral Training Partnership This MRes is recognised by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), specifically, as part of the larger South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP). It can be taken as a course in its own right, or if you hold an SWDTP studentship you can take the 1+3 (MRes + PhD) pathway. If you wish to be considered for a 1+3 SWDTP studentship, then you must apply for your preferred PhD route and not the stand-alone MRes. You should follow our how to apply guidelines. For those holding a 1+3 SWDTP studentship, progression from the MRes to the MPhil or PhD stage is dependent on an acceptable level of achievement.
This course lasts 1 year. It starts in September 2023 and ends in 2024. Welcome week starts on 25 September 2023. Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions. Compulsory course units These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units. Semester 1 Research apprenticeship project (MRes) Qualitative methods 1 Principles and skills of social research Quantitative methods 1: introduction to quantitative methods Plus one optional unit Semester 2 Research apprenticeship project (MRes) Qualitative methods 2 Plus two optional units Summer MRes dissertation Optional course units These optional units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units. Semester 1 Advanced cognitive psychology Advanced social psychology Director of Studies approved unit Semester 2 Professional skills Quantitative methods 2 Director of Studies approved unit
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British qualifications You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above. To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in psychology or related discipline. Before submitting an online application you will need to do the following: 1. Identify a supervisor Before applying for MRes Psychology, you must first find an academic who would be interested in supervising you. You can find a suitable supervisor on the research and staff page for the Department of Psychology. You can also browse Pure, the University’s research portal, for profiles of individual academics as well as the research centres, institutes and units to which they belong. Your proposed research area must be related to the academic's research interests. Some academics may suggest specific areas for you to consider. 2. Make contact, discuss and develop a research proposal Once you have identified a suitable supervisor (or supervisors), email them to indicate your interest in applying for the MRes program, attaching a relevant research proposal. You should describe how your research interests match theirs and refer to at least 1 published article of theirs that you have read. Also state how your undergraduate qualifications and work experience have prepared you for the research you wish to carry out and why you are seeking a place at Bath. Your proposal should not be more than 4 pages in length and must include a brief description of your proposed objectives, methods of investigation, the historical background to the project; and how it will contribute to the field (who will benefit from this research; how will they benefit; what will be done to ensure that they have the opportunity to benefit). This proposal is not binding, and may be modified in consultation with your supervisor or during the course of the research. Once accepted onto the program, however, you can only change supervisors in exceptional circumstances. Alternatively, you might contact a supervisor, express your intention to study with them, and discuss ideas for your research, prior to submitting a proposal to them. Once an academic staff member has agreed to supervise you, you may then apply formally to the MRes program, including your proposal, and indicating which staff member has agreed to supervise. We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree. If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years you completed your degree in the UK you may be exempt from our English language requirements. English language requirements IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components You will need to get your English language qualification within 24 months prior to starting your course. If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.
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