Browser does not support script.

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 2019, September 2020
  • School – Psychological & Social Sciences

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU £6,500

    International £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).

Level 1 

Entry requirements

Successful applicants will have a 2:1 in Psychology or a closely related discipline. If your first degree is not in Psychology we will consider applications on a case-by-case basis to ensure that you have covered sufficient levels of psychology and research methods during your first degree.

 

If you do not have traditional qualifications, you may be eligible for entry on the basis of Accredited Prior (Experiential) Learning (APL/APEL). We also consider applications for entry with advanced standing.

 

English Language requirements

If your first language is not English you should have IELTS at grade 6.5 or above (including a minimum of 6.5 in the writing component) or another acceptable English Language qualification.

 

Research proposal

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.

List of possible project topics and potential supervisors.

Teaching and assessment

The programme provides a range of assessment types across the modules, including the thesis research report, short-written pieces, exams and oral presentations. Formative activities are designed to enable you to receive relevant feedback about your learning 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 when 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.

Fees and funding

To study for a Postgraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2019 - 20

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this postgraduate course is £6,500 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

For part-time options, see the Fees & Funding webpages for more information

Postgraduate Loan: A Postgraduate Loan is available to help you pay for your Master’s course. Find out more about the postgraduate loan.

A 10% discount is applicable to all YSJU Alumni (subject to a minimum of 120 credits and achievement of a recognised award) undertaking PG level study (excludes PGCE).

International (non-EU) 2019 - 20

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this postgraduate course is £12,750 for international students.

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 webpages. 

International Fees & Funding

Funding your course

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.

Apply now: Full Time

Apply now: Part Time

List of possible project topics and potential supervisors.

Why choose Postgraduate study?

More to explore

Students walking through York

Your next steps

Get in touch

Cookie Settings