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Psychology MRes

Overview

A member of staff, expert in the chosen field, is directly responsible for guiding and supporting your research programme. As a research student you'll become part of our thriving academic community.

An MRes, by definition, is an original contribution to knowledge. A research degree is different from a taught course. Research students are expected to self-direct their learning with support from a supervisory team. The teaching and learning style at MRes level takes the form of 1:1 supervision, e-learning and workshops.

Research excellence

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework Psychology was rated:

  • 60% of our research was awarded 3* out of 4* - 'very considerable impacts in terms of their reach and significance'
  • 85% of submitted publications to be internationally recognised, internationally excellent or world leading.

Our research has made a difference at many levels: influencing policy and creating new commercial capabilities. Our scientists work in multidisciplinary teams to target major societal challenges in the areas of human health, well-being, performance and behaviour. We apply theory in theses areas to contemporary real world issues by undertaking innovative and rigorous science.

Research interests

Addictive and Health Behaviours
Investigating the socio-cognititive determinants of addictive behaviours and interventions to modify them
Applied and Developmental Cognition
Understanding how cognitive processes unfold during development and their application to real-world problems
Investigative and Forensic Psychology
Examining how different vulnerabilities affect eyewitness testimony with a particular expertise in research with children, the elderly and those with autism spectrum disorder
Lived Experiences in Mental Health and Distress
Researching lived experiences of mental distress, centring on how individuals interpret, embody, manage and live with them
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full time
Duration
12 months
Start Date
January; February; March; April; May; June; August; September; October; November; December
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part time
Duration
2 years
Start Date
January; February; March; April; May; June; August; September; October; November; December
Location
Southwark Campus

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Modules

Employability

Research skills development

All research students are required to participate in a Key Skills Development programme aimed at developing transferable skills in addition to those employed in carrying out research. Training in research methods is available through frequent research seminars.

When necessary the research student can follow, in part, relevant Masters courses available within the School and in particular units on research methodology. In some cases, research students are encouraged to follow other courses available within the University or externally aimed at improving their general expertise in their chosen areas.

In addition, they may be encouraged to follow language courses aimed at improving their oral and written skills - both essential in their future careers.

Transferable skills

A research degree will equip you with many transferable skills. The self-discipline, the demand for clear analytical thinking, and the ability to turn criticism of others work into something constructive of your own, all constitute a unique training for almost any kind of career. The excitement and satisfaction of finding new facts, a new idea, or a new way of looking at something can be highly rewarding.

Attending conferences

Research students are often sponsored to attend national and international conferences and to meet leading scientists in their fields and to present their research findings. The progress of all research students is formally monitored by the University's Research Degree Committee.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

Facilities

  • Psychology facilities - the 'Pub Lab'

    Psychology facilities - the 'Pub Lab'

    LSBU's cutting-edge new 'Pub Lab' facility is fitted with cameras and microphones to help staff and students to investigate the motivations behind why people drink in the ways that they do.

Teaching and learning

Entry requirements

Applicants for a Research Degree programme at LSBU are usually expected to have a good honours degree (2:2 and above) and a relevant postgraduate qualification, preferably a merit at Master's level. Please also supply two academic references as part of your application. You will also be required to show proof of all of your qualifications. If English is not your first language you will be required to prove your competency in English, showing an IELTS score of at least 7.0 at postgraduate level. You will be invited to an interview with your potential supervisor, in person or by telephone, prior to an offer being made.

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full time
Duration
12 months
Start date
January; February; March; April; May; June; August; September; October; November; December
Application code
P060512
Application method
Mode
Part time
Duration
2 years
Start date
January; February; March; April; May; June; August; September; October; November; December
Application code
P060512
Application method

Home, EU and International students should apply for our full-time and part-time postgraduate research courses in the UK using the online system provided by the UK Postgraduate Application and Statistical Service (UKPASS) via UCAS Postgraduate. You can apply for up to 10 courses – create your application in your own time and complete unfinished sections when you're ready. Use their Track service to follow your applications as they progress through the system and receive any offer replies online. All application enquiries can be put to our Course Enquiries Team by phoning 0800 923 88 88, or emailing course.enquiry@lsbu.ac.uk.

Considering your application

Your application will be circulated to a number of potential supervisors who will look at your academic qualifications, experience and the research proposal to decide whether your research interest is something that could be supervised at LSBU.

There will also be an interview either by telephone or at the University. If you are successful you will be offered a place on a course and informed of the next enrolment date. The whole process normally takes between six to eight weeks, from receipt of your application to a decision being made about your application at the School.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £4260International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 4732Session code: 1FS00
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £2130International fee: £6562.5
AOS/LSBU code: 4733Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £4260
International £13125

The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

At the London Doctoral Academy we are committed to supporting and developing professional researchers who are driven to make a difference. We have a range of PhD Scholarships available in partnership with businesses and organisations - and when they're available we'll publish notices on the London Doctoral Academy site.

Case studies

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