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Experimental Psychology MSc by Research

University of Oxford

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Oxford

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About the course

Students on the MSc by Research in Experimental Psychology will carry out independent research under the supervision and guidance of principal investigators and researchers within a research group or lab. Areas of study include behavioural neuroscience, developmental psychology, perception and cognition, psychological and brain health, and psychological disorders, and social psychology.

The Department of Experimental Psychology runs a number of seminar programmes and all graduate research students are encouraged to attend talks and presentations relevant to their research interests. On completion of the course, students are expected to have a high level of knowledge of their field of research and to have acquired research skills that will facilitate a future career in academic psychology.

The majority of our MSc by Research students are expected to be admitted for full-time study, referred to in the timeline below as FTE (full-time equivalent) study. A small number of part-time students may be admitted to the MSc by Research in Experimental Psychology. If you apply for admission to the part-time course you will be required to show that your proposed research topic is suited to part-time study and that the supervisor agrees with the part-time schedule.

First year of full-time study (part-time equivalent. years 1 and 2)

You are initially registered with Probationary Research Student (PRS) status. During your first year of FTE study, you will be expected to attend various courses, lectures and seminars that will enable you to gain the most out of your time at Oxford and assist you with the design and analysis of your own area of research.

These will typically include.

  • graduate statistical workshops
  • skills training courses eg in MATLAB and fMRIB methods
  • analysis of research methods

The Medical Science Division also offers a large number of courses on transferable skills such as teaching and communicating scientific findings which you are encouraged to attend as a part of your MSc by Research studies.

You are expected to be fully integrated within your own chosen group or lab and attend group or lab meetings as well as attending related seminars and conferences.

Second year of full-time study (part-time equivalent. years 3 to 6)

You will be expected to transfer your status from PRS to MSc by Research before the end of your 4th Term of FTE study. For this, you will be required to submit a written report summarising your progress to date, which you will then discuss and defend in an oral examination (a transfer viva).

Once you have transferred your status, you will be able to conclude your studies with the submission of a thesis (maximum 50,000 words) and an oral examination, your final viva voce.

Assessment of your progress on the course is monitored through termly progression reports and at two key stages.

transfer of status
thesis submission

You will need to have successfully completed both stages to be awarded an MSc by Research in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford.

Graduate destinations

A majority of students on the MSc by Research in Experimental Psychology remain in academia. Others go on to pursue careers in consultancy and government.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 27,460per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Oxford

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  • Campus address

    University of Oxford, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2JD, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    1st out of 118

  • Entry standards

    / Max 216
    195 94%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5

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