Manchester Metropolitan University: Psychology by Research

InstitutionManchester Metropolitan University View institution profile
Department Psychology
Telephone 0161 247 69 69
Study type Taught



This course is designed for students with a desire to understand the world around them, and who want to take their first steps towards a PhD and a career in research.

You’ll be supervised by a member of our research-focused team with expertise in qualitative and/or quantitative methods to complete a dissertation research project on a topic you care about.

While your work will provide an important contribution to psychology, you’ll also gain valuable experience of the research process, from gaining ethical approval and data collection through to project write-up.

At Manchester Met, our research expertise includes forensic psychology, applied cognition and performance, health psychology, developmental psychology, parapsychology, social, critical and community psychology, and neuropsychobiology.

Our students have completed dissertations, and in some cases published their work, in areas as diverse as the long-term consequences of child abuse to the neural basis of creativity.

Work on your project will be contextualised by taught units designed to help you develop the hard and soft skills required for a successful career in research.

Features and benefits

  • You’ll have access to our specialist facilities for psychology research, which include electroencephalography, transcranial magnetic stimulation, immersive virtual reality suites, functional near infrared imaging, a wide range of standardised psychometric assessments and more.

  • The Department of Psychology is home to the Stress, Health and Performance Research Group, and our staff engage in a wide range of research areas, including health services, learning disability, and sport.

  • You can attend the activities of our research group, which includes regular research seminars, blogs and conferences.

  • You’ll play an active role in the department, participating in research seminars and meetings, allowing you to immerse yourself in a bustling academic environment and fully prepare for your future.


Manchester Metropolitan University


A modern university in a great global city 
Manchester Metropolitan University  has a proud heritage dating back to 1824. It is one of the largest universities in the UK, with over 34,000 students, and is home to a diverse international student population from more than 130 countries. 

The University is ranked amongst the world’s top 200 universities under 50 years old*, which is a measure of its commitment to delivering and supporting quality research and teaching. 

Manchester Metropolitan’s campus is located in the centre of Manchester, amongst world-renowned music, arts, shopping and sports venues …

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