Carve out your future career in psychological research or practice with instruction in the advanced theory and methods that underpin psychological science. With a hands-on approach to learning, practical activities built into all elements of learning give you direct experience of the connections between theory, evidence, and practice.

A wide range of elective modules allows you to tailor the programme to your requirements, and provides instruction in the specialist techniques and transferable skills you need to shape the psychologist you want to be.

Key features

  • Study part-time over 2 years.
  • Our hands-on approach to learning embeds practical activities throughout the programme, so you can put new knowledge into practice and build the skills for future careers.
  • Wide range of elective modules allows you to shape the psychologist you want to become, allowing a deep-dive on techniques in clinical practice, neuroscience and behaviour change.
  • Taught lectures are concentrated on three specific days of the week (although some sessions may fall outside this pattern), allowing full or part-time study to be combined with research, work experience, or external commitments.
  • Advanced instruction on all aspects of the research cycle: from the formulation of the research question, experiment design, data analysis, through to the written and oral communication of your findings and applications for further research funding.
  • Work with world-leading researchers and practitioners in the exploration of a research topic of your own choosing.
  • Our extensive range of specialist facilities and laboratories, including neuroimaging, observation, virtual reality, and the Plymouth Babylab, allow you to make an original contribution to your chosen area of specialism.

Study Details:

MSc 2 years part-time

Module Details:

Core modules

  • Personal and Professional Development (PSYC750)
  • Asking Psychological Questions: Epistemology and Strategy for Formulating Psychological research (PSYC751)
  • Advanced Research Design for Psychology (PSYC752)
  • Data Fluency: Processing, Visualising and Analysing Data for Reproducible Research (PSYC753)
  • Advanced Techniques for Psychological Research (PSYC754)
  • Success in Science (PSYC757)

Optional modules

  • Advanced Interpretative Methods (PSYC755)
  • Issues in Cognitive and Brain Science (PSYC771)
  • Foundations of Clinical Psychology (PSYC791)

Final year

Core modules

  • Communicating Psychological Research (PSYC756)
  • Advanced Psychology Research Project (PSYC781)

Optional modules

  • Advanced Interpretative Methods (PSYC755)
  • Issues in Cognitive and Brain Science (PSYC771)
  • Supporting Behaviour Change (PSYC774)
  • Foundations of Clinical Psychology (PSYC791)
  • Understanding Clinical Interventions: Principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Systemic Family Therapy (PSYC792)

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Programme Funding

From scholarships and loans, to grants from charitable trusts, you can fund your postgraduate study at Plymouth in a number of ways.

Student Destinations

The programme provides advanced training and experience that puts graduates at a competitive advantage in academic or professional psychological practice. Insight and instruction of core psychological research competencies provide a foundation for the exploration of the knowledge and skills specific to particular career-pathways. Selection amongst the wide-range of elective modules provides experiential-learning of advanced topics relevant to clinical practice, techniques in behaviour change, and human neuroscience. These options allow you to shape the psychologist that you want to become, with the skills and experience requisite for doctoral training, or immediate professional or commercial practice.


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Entry Requirements

Most students will hold an honours degree, usually a 2:1, preferably in Psychology but also in cognate subjects (e.g. computational neuroscience), although we would also consider applicants who can demonstrate their ability to thrive on this programme due to professional experience.

This programme provides a privileged route for students seeking to advance their knowledge of psychology. While well suited to students with a current background in the field we would also welcome applications from students from other backgrounds, such as education, humanities, social sciences, biology and other life sciences, pure science, and engineering.

Please note that this programme does not confer graduate basis for recognition by the British Psychological Society, applicants seeking this recognition should apply to our MSc Psychology.

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