Masters programmes

Course content, fees, funding and how to apply

Proposed new programme survey - MSc Cognitive Explorations

MSc Cognition in Science and Society

An interdisciplinary programme, drawing on expertise from across the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

MSc Developmental Cognitive Science

Seeks to enhance your understanding of key theoretical and practical issues about typical and atypical development in children and young people

MSc Evolution of Language & Cognition

Investigate the origins and evolution of human language

MSc Human Cognitive Neuropsychology

Work closely with internationally recognised cognitive psychologists, clinical and academic neuropsychologists

MSc Psychology of Individual Differences

Develop an in-depth understanding of personality, ability, and positive psychology

MSc Psychological Research

Comprehensive training and grounding in research methods and analysis across the broad field of psychology

MSc Psychology of Language

Develop an in-depth understanding of current research in psycholinguistics

MSc by Research

A one year programme providing an ideal foundation for further research

MSc Social Psychology

Think like a social psychologist and answer questions about social phenomena

MSc Overview

Each of the MScs above are designed to focus on a specific topic in psychology. If a different selection of courses would suit you, it possible to consult with appropriate members of staff to design a suitable program within the Masters in Psychological Research Methods framework to make a custom program for, for instance experimental social psychology MSc.

Dissertation topics on offer in 2015/16:


This lists academic staff available to supervise MSc dissertations, along with a brief statement of research interests, and a description of projects that each staff member is willing to supervise. The document is specifically for current MSc students, but is a great guide for prospective students to get a sense of the kinds of projects likely to be available in future years.

We have an extensive research infrastructure, including eye trackers, MRI simulator, human movement tracking systems, and laboratories for general experimentation. We also have access to advanced resources including molecular genetics laboratories and nearby (f)MRI.

Labs and facilities at the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Personal statements

MSc applicants should include a personal statement detailing the background of their interest and why they are attracted to the programme. The online application form will ask you to enter this directly into the online system however you do have the option to attach your personal statement as a further relevant document in the Upload Docs section. The School has produced some guidelines for those writing a personal statement, which can be downloaded:

Psychology Postgraduates Affairs Group (PsyPAG)

All postgraduate students of psychology are automatically members of PsyPAG. PsyPag provides support, communication and representation for postgraduates within the British Psychological Society. It also brings together postgraduates from around the country.


British Psychological Society (BPS)


If you do not already have a background in Psychology or a related discipline, you might need to complete a BPS-accredited Psychology conversion course before you can take one of our MScs. If so, you might be interested in the MSc in Psychology of Mental Health (Conversion) at the University of Edinburgh. This BPS-accredited program is based in Clinical Psychology, and taught by staff from Clinical Psychology and Psychology. For more information, please follow the link.

MSc in Psychology of Mental Health (Conversion)