Research Methods 1 (PGT Conv) PSYCH5088

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Students will gain a critical understanding of research principles in psychological qualitative and quantitative research. They will learn about psychological research paradigms, data analysis techniques and principles in open science centred on qualitative and observational methodologies. To achieve the course objectives students will compose a research methods portfolio and write one independent qualitative report.


10 x 1 hour lecture

10 x 1 hour lab session

Requirements of Entry

Standard University entry requirements for Post-graduate courses apply.

For MSc Psychological Science 2:1 honours degree in a science subject.

Excluded Courses



One group qualitative project report (3000 words) weighted at 50%; A research portfolio consisting for example analysis scripts, a peer reviews and short pieces of evaluative writing (50%).

Course Aims

To widen experience of the range of psychological research paradigms students should critically evaluate psychological research as an evidence base and gain practical skills in a) qualitative research design, data collection and analysis methods and b) experimental research design, data collection and analysis methods.

Students will also develop good practices in applying ethical and open science principles to psychological research and gain practical skills in statistical techniques and use of statistical analysis software.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Understand and apply the principles of open and reproducible science

■ Generate and explore hypotheses and research questions for qualitative and observational research

■ Select appropriate research designs and methodologies for different research questions

■ Demonstrate critical awareness of the assumptions of these methods and analyses and the limitations of associated with qualitative and observational research designs

■ Identify the ethical issues involved in qualitative and observational research

■ Plan and execute a small-scale research project using qualitative research methods

■ Demonstrate critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of ideas

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.