University of Derby: MRes Psychology

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Department Life Sciences
Telephone 01332 591167
Study type Taught


**If you want to become a researcher in psychology, skilled in delivering evidence-based research, this course is for you. It differs from more traditional taught masters programmes – such as an MSc – because of its focus on enhancing research methods and skills.**

Covering both quantitative and qualitative approaches, you will gain a thorough grounding in the methods and processes which underpin original research in psychology and then conduct your own major independent research project under expert supervision. The research skills you build culminate in you undertaking a research project supervised by a member of staff, the assessment of which includes a viva voce examination, excellent preparation for a PhD. These are some of the research areas currently supervised within the department, and some studies that you can choose from, alternatively, feel free to discuss your own ideas with us.

**Research themes include:**
- Religious belief

- Paranormal belief

- Music psychology

- Nature connectedness

- Maths anxiety

- Emotion

- Eating behaviours

- Compassion

- Autism, Asperger's and ADHD

- Cyberpsychology.

**Potential projects available include:**
- Assessing the effectiveness of expressive writing on reducing mathematics anxiety and increasing performance

- Understanding drug calculation anxiety among non-medical prescribers

- Investigating the reasons why students choose, or do not choose, to study psychology at degree level

- Reasoning fast and slow: dual process theories of thinking

- Female nurses’ constructions of male nurses: a Foucauldian discourse analysis

- Male nurses’ experiences of working in a female-dominated environment: an interpretative phenomenological analysis

- Public perceptions of male nurses

Please visit the course page on our website for the full list.

You will be allocated a research project supervisor who will oversee your progress and mentor you through your development as an active, engaged researcher. We encourage you to design research projects which relate directly to real-world issues. There may be opportunities to work with some of our partners across the voluntary and charitable sectors to deliver research findings which help them shape their future services.

As an MRes Psychology student, you will join a flourishing research community at the University and your own project will contribute to the body of scholarly knowledge we produce. You will be supported and guided by our team of nationally and internationally recognised psychological researchers. They cover a vast range of specialist areas and regularly share their findings in leading journals and at international conferences.

**Your career:**
Skills in research, analysis and evaluation are increasingly valued by employers across many different sectors. The thorough understanding of psychological theory, research and methodology you gain from your MRes studies will therefore give you a distinct advantage as you pursue your career.

Your qualification will act as a vital stepping stone, enabling you to apply for:

- Employment as a researcher or research assistant on major projects in an academic, commercial or public sector setting

- Employment in organisations which support the development of individuals throughout the lifespan

- Further professional training and registered routes into professions such as counselling, clinical psychology and educational psychology – for those who have already met Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society

Masters in Research (MRes)

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