Research Project (MSc)

The details
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
14 May 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC C80612 Research Methods in Psychology,
MSC C85512 Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology

Module description

The Research Project is an original piece of empirical psychological research assessed via a written report. The project provides an opportunity to apply, in an original piece of research, the statistical and research skills learned during your taught MSc degree in Psychology or Research Methods. The topic will be chosen from a selection offered by members of staff in the Psychology Department.

Module aims

The cap stone project gives students an opportunity to perform an original research project within the field of social, cognitive, or developmental psychology, or cognitive neuroscience.

Module learning outcomes

Upon completion the student should be able to:
- collaborate with colleagues and senior researchers
- show independence, critical and creative thinking
- review and critically evaluate relevant scientific literature
- formulate original and testable scientific questions
- design and develop experimental and/or correlational methods
- collect data using the developed methodology
- analyse data in line with the research question
- document results by writing a research report

Module information

More extensive details are in the Handbook (Appendix C), together with advice on writing up a research project (Appendix D).

Learning and teaching methods

The research project will be accomplished under supervision of a member of staff according to an individual study plan.


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Supervisor preference form 0%
Coursework Project Outline 0%
Coursework Dissertation 14/08/2020 100%

Overall assessment

100 per cent Coursework Mark


100 per cent Coursework Mark

Module supervisor and teaching staff
All academic staff in Psychology are involved in project supervision.



External examiner

Prof Bettina Forster
Available via Moodle
Of 2 hours, 2 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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