Postgraduate taught 

Psychological Science (conversion) MSc

Research Methods 2 (PGT Conv) PSYCH5089

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Students will build on the knowledge and skills gained in Research Methods 1 to gain a critical understanding of research principles in observational and experimental research designs. They will complete a series of psychological research studies to gain practical experience of a range of research paradigms. Students will advance their use and understanding of statistics, data analysis and open science principles. To achieve the course objectives students will compose a research methods portfolio and write one independent quantitative report.


10 x 1 hour Lecture

10 x 1 hour labs

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



To assess the quantitative project students will produce one individual report (3000 words) weighted at 50%. Students will also submit a research portfolio weighted at 50%. Content of the portfolio will consist for example analysis scripts and for example, a pre-registration.

Course Aims

To widen student experience of the range of psychological research paradigms and critically evaluate psychological research as an evidence base. Students should gain practical skills in experimental research design, data collection and analysis methods, and advance practical skills in statistical techniques and use of statistical analysis software. They should further develop good practices in applying ethical and open science principles to psychological research.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Generate and explore hypotheses and empirical research questions for experimental research designs

■ Select appropriate research designs and methodologies for different research questions and demonstrate critical awareness of the assumptions of these methods

■ Find and critically evaluate data sets from the wider psychological science community

■ Identify the ethical issues involved in experimental research designs 

■ Plan and execute a small-scale quantitative research project

■ Demonstrate critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of ideas through peer review and reflection

■ Use statistical software to conduct a range of descriptive and inferential statistics.

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.