University of Warwick

Degree level: Postgraduate

Psychological Research (Taught)

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Course summary

Warwick's Psychology Department offers you the opportunity to gain practical experience in research through placements across different laboratories working on thematically related research, followed by your own research project in which to explore a topic of your choice. Course overview Specifically designed for students who wish to pursue an academic research career, the course offers first-hand research experience through placements in different laboratories, working on thematically related research. This lab rotation offers strong candidates for doctoral research more scope to explore different topics within their areas of interest than the traditional options at Master’s level. Two placements taken during the course allow you to contribute directly to your chosen supervisors’ research. A subsequent research project then gives you the chance to put this experience into practice in developing your own area of study, supported through the advice of relevant academics. Possible themes include:

  • Sensorimotor Control
  • Cognition and Emotion
  • Development of Language and Communication
  • Psychology and Policing
  • Driving
  • Sleep
Alternatively, you can plan your own pathway based on our research expertise. Applied fields Please note that this programme has been designed specifically for students who do not have a primary interest in applied fields. If you are interested applying psychology to real-world issues, this course is not for you. Instead, please take a look at our MSc programs in Clinical Applications of Psychology, Behavioural and Economic Science, and Behavioural and Data Science, to the Centre for Education Studies’ MA in Psychology and Education, or the Centre for Lifelong Learning's counselling courses.

Course details


Core modules A) Research Project in Psychology The aim of the project is to provide you with the opportunity to investigate and carry out novel research in the area of Psychology that is empirical. You will choose two from:

  • Psychological Research Laboratory Placement 1
  • Psychological Research Laboratory Placement 2
  • Psychological Research Short Laboratory Placement
B) Data Analysis Skills: You will choose either:
  • Methods and Analysis in Behavioural Science
  • Advanced Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis
Optional modules Optional modules can vary from year to year. Example optional modules may include:
  • Practical Research Skills for Psychology
  • Communication, dissemination, and Professional Issues
  • Computational Modelling
  • Experimental design and data collection
  • An appropriate module from our undergraduate provision
The availability of option modules depends on several factors and cannot be guaranteed in advance. Therefore, the list above provides a sample of previously available options for illustrative purposes only.

Assessment method

More information on this course and its assessment methods are available on the departmental course webpage.

Entry requirements

**Minimum requirements** At least a 2.i undergraduate degree or equivalent in a related subject. **Research interest** Students must provide at least a rough research outline, detailing their placement and project interests, in their personal statement. Applications without a research outline will be rejected. **Recommended** It is recommend that you contact a member of staff and agree project supervision with them before applying. **English language requirements** You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following: - Band B - IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above. **International qualifications** We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information, please visit the international entry requirements page. **Additional requirements** There are no additional requirements for this course.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

Please visit the University of Warwick website for the tuition fees for postgraduate courses:
Psychological Research at University of Warwick - UCAS