MRes Psychology

Qualifications and durations

  • Full-time MRes (1 year)
  • Part-time MRes (2 years, allowing three months for the final dissertation*).

*At the discretion of the Director of Studies, part time students may be able to have an extension of three months (giving a total of six months for the dissertation and an overall total registration period of 27 months). Students extending into their 3rd academic year may be liable for a pro-rated continuation fee.


Staff and students discuss the MRes course.

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This course equips students with a wide range of theoretical knowledge of research methods and the ability to apply this knowledge within the field of psychology or other areas of social science. Our students leave with a tool kit of methods to use in their future research projects. In addition, students will have the opportunity to develop their practical skills in specific research methods; to develop their theoretical thinking about research; and to work closely on several of their own projects with an academic who is an active and leading researcher in their field. The objective is to equip students with the skills to design, conduct, analyse and report a wide range of research projects and make themselves efficient consumers of other people’s research. Students also acquire the communication skills and other key skills necessary to become an excellent researcher.

Further information can be found in the Programme & Unit Catalogue (this is the current structure of the course).

South West Doctoral Training Centre

This MRes is accredited by the Economics & Social Research Council (ESRC), specifically, as part of the larger South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC). It forms part of the Psychology Discipline-specific Pathway.

The MRes can be taken as a course in its own right, or as part of the 1 + 3 (MRes + PhD) pathway, where successful graduates could proceed onto a PhD in the Department of Psychology.

If applying for an MRes + PhD (the 1 + 3) you should indicate on the Application Form, your preferred PhD route.

Progression from the MRes to the MPhil or PhD stage is dependent on achieving an acceptable level of achievement (typically an overall average of 60% on at least the taught component of the MRes).

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Typically a 1st or 2:1 Honours degree (or its international equivalent).

A strong personal statement (typically 500-1,000 words) that provides evidence of:

  • how your academic, professional and personal experiences equip you to meet the demands of the course
  • your reasons for wanting to study on the course at University of Bath
  • how your studies may fit with your subsequent professional/academic intentions

You must also provide a short research proposal (1,000 – 2,000 words) describing an experiment or study you could undertake as part of your studies. The proposal is not binding, but will give us an indication of your interests and research methods. The proposal should include:

  • proposed objectives
  • methods of investigation
  • historical background to the project
  • who will benefit and how
  • a short bibliography
  • two possible supervisors (you should describe how your research interests match theirs)

English language requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each of the four components)
  • PTE Academic of 62 with no less than 59 in each component

Certificates must be dated to within two years of the start of the course of study.

There is further information about meeting the English requirements.

If you wish to improve your English proficiency before commencing your studies, pre-sessional language training can be arranged through the Academic Skills Centre.

You may be eligible for a combined offer to include both pre-sessional English 5 (PS5) and the master’s degree.


Two references are required. At least one of these must be an academic reference.

How to apply

You must apply to study through the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Graduate School.

Financial information


Potential sources of funding

This course is recognised as being part of the Psychology Discipline Pathway, in the ESRC-funded South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP). Details of funding opportunities to follow in October 2016.


We suggest you apply before the following dates:

  • 30 June 2017 for International Students (who need to apply for a UK Visa)
  • 31 August 2017 for Home/EU students
  • funding deadlines for studentships and scholarships


Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 6753

Related links

Main areas of research

For further details about individual staff research interests check out their profiles at Search for psychology in the ‘south west’ region.


The rapidly expanding Department of Psychology has a distinctive research profile and a long-standing record of cutting-edge, theoretically-informed research in applied aspects of psychology. It has a strong tradition of interdisciplinary work and collaborates with other departments in the University of Bath, local and national institutions, and international networks.