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Postgraduate course

Psychology MRes

Prepare for the next steps in your research career with our Psychology MRes.

The Psychology MRes is the ideal stepping stone between undergraduate study and your career in research or PhD study. You'll undertake high quality research methods training, aligned with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Postgraduate Training and Development Guidelines. Additionally, you will undertake an extended independent research project in an established area of research.

  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 1 year full-time | 2 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2020
  • School – Psychological & Social Sciences

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £6,500

    International 2020-21 £12,750

Course overview

The Psychology MRes allows you to specialise in a specific psychological topic, in your extended independent research project, while also gaining broad-based research training. You will work as part of a team in an established area of nationally and internationally recognised research excellence.

In addition to gaining an advanced level qualification, the course provides opportunities to develop valuable transferable skills. Skills you will acquire include data collection and analysis, research design, decision making, critical thinking, independent learning and presentation skills.

It's important that you contact a member of the psychology team to discuss your research proposal prior to submitting your application. You will be required to submit an outline research proposal, in line with an advertised project area, in order to be accepted on the course. This will be assessed by a thesis supervisor.

The MRes provides excellent research training through a two-semester psychological research methods programme which is designed to meet the ESRC Postgraduate Training & Development Guidelines (2nd edition, 2015).

Course structure

Level 1

Modules

Credits: 60

Compulsory module

This module is designed to align with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) postgraduate training and development guidelines. As such, it will provide you with a solid grounding in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, which will underpin your research activities across the programme.

Credits: 120

Compulsory module

The MRes Thesis module allows you to undertake a year long piece of independent research, with supervision from a specialist member of staff. The thesis enables you to put into practice skills developed on Psychological Research Methods, and requires you to develop and demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of relevant conceptual, methodological and analytical processes. In order to develop key professional skills, the module will require you to deliver a presentation, and to write up your study in the style of an extended journal article.

Teaching and assessment

The programme provides a range of assessment types across the modules, including:

  • a thesis research report
  • short-written pieces
  • exams
  • oral presentations.

Formative activities are designed to allow you to receive relevant feedback in preparation for subsequent summative assessments.

You will receive exceptional personal tuition and support. Our small class sizes and interactive teaching methods enable you to optimise your learning. All tutors offer weekly office hours where you can access personalised support.

You will be allocated an academic tutor in the first week of study. You will be able to develop a supportive relationship with your tutor whilst also working on a set programme of postgraduate personal, academic and professional development.

Research Paper, semester one, two and three (120 credits)
Assessment by ethics submission (pass/fail), presentation (10%) and research report (80%).

A significant proportion of your time will be dedicated to the completion of an extended independent research project. This will be supervised by academic staff members, who are nationally and internationally recognised for research excellence.

Developing key research skills will be an important aspect of this experiential learning process. You will go on to produce a thesis in the form of an extended journal article. This will enable you to gain understanding of the academic publication process.

Psychological Research Methods, semester one and two (60 credits)
Assessment by portfolio (70%) and examination (30%).

Learning activities include formal lectures, seminars, supported open learning, independent study, and the use of virtual learning environments.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Entry onto this postgraduate course requires a minimum of a 2:1 undergraduate degree in psychology or a closely related discipline.

If your first degree is not in psychology yet you have covered sufficient levels of psychology and research methods during your first degree, we will consider your application. Applications such as this will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

International Students

If you're an international student, you'll need to demonstrate experience, or qualifications equivalent to those above.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Research proposal

You will need to contact a member of our psychology team to discuss your research proposal before submitting your application. You will be required to submit an outline research proposal related to an advertised project area. In order to be accepted onto the course this outline application must be acceptable to the proposed thesis supervisor.

List of possible project topics and potential supervisors.

APEL policy

If you can't meet these minimum requirements it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Fees and funding

UK & EU 2020 - 21

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £6,500 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

For UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students studying part time, the tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £3,250 per year.

Postgraduate loans are available to help you pay for your master’s course. Find out more about postgraduate funding opportunities.

International (non-EU) 2020 - 21

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £12,750 for international students.

For international students studying part time, the tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £6,375 per year.

Due to immigration laws, international students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full-time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

More information about funding your studies is available on our International Fees and Funding page.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £6,500

    International 2020-21 £12,750

Alumni Scholarships

If you are continuing to postgraduate study directly after studying at undergraduate level with us, we offer a reduction in fees depending on the classification of degree you achieve.

If you are graduating from an undergraduate degree at York St John University this year you could be entitled to:

  • a 50% reduction in course fees if you achieve a 1st
  • a 35% reduction if you achieve a 2:1
  • a 20% reduction if you achieve a 2:2

These reductions apply to all York and London-based taught MA, MBA, MSc and MRes courses, except for Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) MSc, Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) MSc and all PCGE courses.

All York St John University alumni are eligible for a 10% reduction on their postgraduate course fees regardless of when you graduated. The 10% alumni discount will not be added on top of these reductions.

Additional costs and financial support

COURSE-RELATED COSTS

Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING COSTS

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Apply for this course

You must have made contact with a member of the psychology team to discuss your research proposal prior to submitting your application.  Candidates are required to submit an outline research proposal in line with an advertised project area, and in order to be accepted onto the course this outline application must be acceptable to the proposed thesis supervisor.

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