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MSc by Research in Psychology (2024 Entry)

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Find out more about our Psychology MSc by Research degree.

Here at Warwick, we pride ourselves in using a rigorous scientific approach to studying the human mind, brain, and behaviour. The MSc by Research in Psychology will enable you to develop valuable skills in conducting research, data collection and analysis, and scientific writing under the supervision of internationally recognised experts.

Course overview

We offer an MSc by Research in Psychology, which is awarded for a thesis reporting original research by a student under the supervision of their academic advisor.

Our MSc by Research in Psychology degree serves as not only excellent preparation for PhD studies but also postgraduate training for a career either as a professional psychologist (e.g., clinical, organisational, or school psychologist) or outside of psychology.

In addition to subject-related knowledge, our MSc by Research in Psychology degree provides valuable transferable skills in data analysis and management, written and oral communication, teamwork and time management.

Teaching and learning

All our postgraduate research students are strongly encouraged to engage with the Departmental and University-wide advanced training offered.

General entry requirements

Minimum requirements

2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Psychology or a related subject.

English language requirements

You can find out more about our English language requirementsLink opens in a new window. 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 pageLink opens in a new window.

Additional requirements

There are no additional entry requirements for this course.

Our research

Behavioural Science

  • Economic and consumer psychology; judgement, risk and decision-making
  • Psychology and the law
  • Computational modelling of human behaviour
  • Big Data and Network Science in Psychology
  • Attention, visual processing and emotional processing
  • Economics, income inequality, and behavioural political science

Language and Learning

  • Reading; word recognition
  • Computational approaches to language processing
  • Historical language change
  • Structure of the lexicon across life-span
  • Big Data research on language
  • Language and gesture development in infants and children
  • Second language learning
  • Language learning and change
  • Gesture and non-verbal communication in adults and children
  • Development of social cognition
  • Animal (e.g., orangutangs, chimpanzees, birds) communication and cognition
  • Language evolution
  • Sleep and language learning
  • Language development and socio-economic status
  • The role of prediction in language processing and learning
  • The role of surprise and curiosity in second language learning
  • Experimental approaches to the study of turn-taking and dialogue
  • Pre-linguistic communication
  • Intervention to support language development

Lifespan Health and Wellbeing

  • Longitudinal epidemiology
  • Resilience and protection after preterm birth
  • Experimental psychology and clinical studies, with common interests in the factors that determine and/or the mechanisms that underlie healthy living
  • Child and adolescent development and mental and physical ageing
  • Mental health, sleep and pain
  • Disaster recovery
  • Culture, relationships, beliefs, personality, and well-being

Full details of our research interests are listed on the Psychology web pagesLink opens in a new window.

You can also read our general University research proposal guidance.Link opens in a new window

Find a supervisor

Find your supervisor using the link below and discuss with them the area you'd like to research.

Explore our Psychology Research Directory where you will be able to filter by research group.

You can also see our general University guidance about finding a supervisor.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.

Find your research course fees

Fee Status Guidance

We carry out an initial fee status assessment based on the information you provide in your application. Students will be classified as Home or Overseas fee status. Your fee status determines tuition fees, and what financial support and scholarships may be available. If you receive an offer, your fee status will be clearly stated alongside the tuition fee information.

Do you need your fee classification to be reviewed?

If you believe that your fee status has been classified incorrectly, you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire. Please follow the instructions in your offer information and provide the documents needed to reassess your status.

Find out more about how universities assess fee status

Additional course costs

As well as tuition fees and living expenses, some courses may require you to cover the cost of field trips or costs associated with travel abroad.

For departmental specific costs, please see the Modules tab on the course web page for the list of core and optional core modules with hyperlinks to our Module Catalogue (please visit the Department’s website if the Module Catalogue hyperlinks are not provided).

Associated costs can be found on the Study tab for each module listed in the Module Catalogue (please note most of the module content applies to 2022/23 year of study). Information about module department specific costs should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below:

  • Core text books
  • Printer credits
  • Dissertation binding
  • Robe hire for your degree ceremony

Scholarships and bursaries

Scholarships and financial support

Find out about the different funding routes available, including; postgraduate loans, scholarships, fee awards and academic department bursaries.

Living costs

Find out more about the cost of living as a postgraduate student at the University of Warwick.

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Psychology at Warwick

A playground for the mind

Our research-driven department can offer you the kind of physical and intellectual environment that’ll inspire you to succeed. We pride ourselves on being a friendly, inclusive academic community offering a stimulating, intellectual environment to students and staff. We’re large enough to provide excellent resources and education, but also small enough to know who you are and provide one-to-one support.

Find out more about us on our website.Link opens in a new window

Our Postgraduate courses

How to apply

The application process for courses that start in September and October 2024 will open on 2 October 2023.

For research courses that start in September and October 2024 the application deadline for students who require a visa to study in the UK is 2 August 2024. This should allow sufficient time to complete the admissions process and to obtain a visa to study in the UK.

How to apply for a postgraduate research course  

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