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.
- Duration – 1 year full-time | 2 years part-time
- Start date – September 2020
- School – Psychological & Social Sciences
UK and EU 2020-21 £6,500
International 2020-21 £12,750
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).
How you will study
You can study this postgraduate course full time, or part time. This allows you to fit your studies around other commitments.
For postgraduate study, our academic year is split into 3 terms.
If you choose to study full time the course will take 1 year to complete. You will:
- Take your Research Methods module over terms 1 and 2
- Alongside the above module, you will take your Thesis module across terms 1, 2 and 3.
If you choose to study part time the course will take 2 years to complete. You will:
- Take your Research Methods module over terms 1 and 2 of your first year
- Take your Thesis module in your second year, across all 3 terms.
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.
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.
Possible research areas
For your Thesis, you will need to choose a subject area that interests you. Here is a list of the possible project topics and potential supervisors.
Please get in touch with the staff member directly by email to discuss the area you are interested in before applying.
When applying for this course, you will need to complete a research proposal on one of these areas.
Teaching and assessment
The programme provides a range of assessment types across the modules, including:
- a thesis research report
- short-written pieces
- 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
UK and EU 2020-21 £6,500
International 2020-21 £12,750
If you are an alumni of York St John University we have scholarships available to help you continue your studies.
Additional costs and financial support
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. You can find a list of possible project areas under the course structure tab above.