What will I learn?

About the course

The MSc in Psychological Research is a one-year taught master's course. The course provides a broad-based research training programme in psychology, covering theory and methods in core domains of psychology reflecting particular research strengths within the department. Hands-on research training within the core research themes of the department is also provided.

The broad-based research training programme covers.

  • behavioural neuroscience, from animal models to human functional imaging and TMS
  • cognitive neuroscience, including MEG, EEG, neuropsychology
  • developmental science, comprising Babylab studies and studies with children with developmental disorders
  • social psychology and psychological disorders, focusing on inter-group behaviour, emotion, anxiety and post-traumatic stress.


The modules are assessed via written submissions, examinations and presentations. You will complete a research project consisting of a 10,000-word dissertation, submitted at the end of the course.

Graduate destinations

A majority of MSc in Psychological Research students go on to undertake a DPhil (PhD) either within the department or within other departments of the Medical Science Division here at Oxford or at other institutions. Others go on to pursue careers in consultancy and government.

Which department am I in?

University of Oxford

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£25,900.00 (US$ 35,648) per year
Course fees are payable each year, for the duration of your fee liability (your fee liability is the length of time for which you are required to pay course fees). For courses lasting longer than one year, please be aware that fees will usually increase annually.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected October 2021


University of Oxford

University Offices,

Wellington Square,



OX1 2JD, England

Entry requirements

For international students

As a minimum, applicants should hold or be predicted to achieve the equivalent of the following UK qualifications. a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours in psychology or a related discipline. For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.5 out of 4.0. Applicants need to have an IELTS score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 per component; TOEFL iBT score of 110 with a minimum component score of 22 in listening, 24 in reading, 24 in writing and 25 in speaking.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.