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Psychology (MSc by Research)




What will I learn?

The MSc by Research in Psychology uses a rigorous scientific approach to the human mind, brain and behaviour.

Course Overview

We offer MSc by Research in Psychology which is awarded for a thesis reporting original research by a student under the supervision of their academic advisor. Our Psychology MSc degree enables postgraduate training for a career as an academic researcher or as a professional psychologist (e.g., clinical, organisational, and school psychologist) but also serves as excellent preparation for a careers outside of psychology. In addition to subject-related knowledge, a psychology research degree provides valuable transferable skills in data analysis and management, written and oral communication, teamwork and time management.

Research Themes

Behavioural Science

Economic and consumer psychology; judgement, risk and decision-making; psychology and the law; computational modelling of human behaviour; attention, visual processing and emotional processing.

Language and Learning

Reading; word recognition; semantic representation of words; language development in children; second language learning; computational approaches to language processing, learning and change; gesture and non-verbal communication in adults and children; development of social cognition; animal (comparative) communication and cognition; language evolution.

Lifespan Health and Wellbeing

Longitudinal epidemiology, experimental psychology and clinical studies, with common interests in the factors that determine and/or the mechanisms that underlie healthy living, child and adolescent development and ageing; mental health, sleep and pain; disaster recovery; culture, relationships, beliefs, personality, and well-being

Teaching and Learning

All our postgraduate research students are strongly encouraged to engage with the Departmental and University-wide advanced training offered.

Which department am I in?


Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£27,800.00 (US$ 34,467) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected August 2024

Start date

2 October 2023


University of Warwick


CV4 7AL, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For applicants looking to apply to our Postgraduate Taught or Research degrees, the following are Undergraduate degree classification requirements, and their US equivalent GPA, on a scale of either 4.0 or 4.3. 1:1 or 1st Class equivalent to GPA 3.8 or 2:1 or Upper Second Class equivalent to GPA 3.3or 2:2 or Lower Second Class equivalent to GPA 3.0.

For international students

Entry requirements 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Psychology or a related subject. IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above. Students need to have: Overall Score of 100 (Reading 22, Listening 21, Speaking 23, Writing 21);

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


About University of Warwick

The University of Warwick is a world-leading institution with a supportive and inspiring student environment.

  • 61st in the QS World University Rankings 2022
  • 10th in the QS UK University Rankings 2022
  • 6th in The Guardian University Guide 2022
  • Top 30 worldwide for Employer Reputation

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