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Psychological Research (MSc) (2020 Entry)

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  • Course Code
  • P-C8P9
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • MSc
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick


Warwick's Psychology Department offers you the opportunity to gain practical experience in research through placements across different laboratories working on thematically related research. Psychological Research MSc also allows you independence to explore your own research topics.


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.

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

Skills from this degree

Practical experience in research through placements across different laboratories that allow you to explore themes beyond traditional research boundaries.

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.


Core Modules

  • Research Project in Psychology

Then choose two from:

  • Psychological Research Laboratory Placement 1
  • Psychological Research Laboratory Placement 2
  • Psychological Research Short Laboratory Placement

And either Methods and Analysis in Behavioural Science or Advanced Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis

Optional Modules

Previously, a selection of the following options have been offered:

  • Practical Research Skills for Psychology
  • Communication, dissemination, and other Professional Issues
  • Computational Modelling
  • Experimental design and data collection
  • An appropriate module from our undergraduate provision

Minimum requirements 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject^

English language requirements 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

^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.

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.


10% Alumni Discount Scheme
If you are a Graduate of the University of Warwick and are of home or overseas fee status, you will be able to access a 10% tuition fee discount on this course.

Graduate Award Scheme 2020
We want to reward our loyal students and graduates of Warwick during a time like no other. We are introducing our prestigious Warwick Graduate Award Scheme for 2020 entry. You could be eligible for 30% off tuition fees. You will be automatically considered if you apply and accept your place by 31 July 2020.

For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home/EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.


Graduates from this course have gone on to secure posts in research and on to further postgraduate study, continuing their research in their fields.

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year.


There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. Some departments also host their own events and open days, where you can learn more about your department or course of study. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.