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 programme.

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This programme 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.

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 programme) 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

  • First or 2:1 Honours degree (or its international equivalent).

Personal statement

Applicants should submit a strong personal statement that provides evidence of how their academic, professional and personal experiences equip them to meet the demands of the programme, outlines their reasons for wanting to study on the programme at University of Bath, and indicates how their studies may fit with their subsequent professional/academic intentions. (Typically 500-1,000 words)

Research proposal

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

The proposal should include:

  • Your proposed objectives
  • The methods of investigation
  • The 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)

View guidance on how to develop your research proposal.

English Language requirements

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

  • 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 any component

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.


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

How to apply

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

Financial information


Potential sources of funding


We suggest you apply before the following dates if you wish to study this programme:

  • 30 June 2016 for International Students (who need to apply for a UK Visa).
  • 31 August 2016 for Home/EU students.
  • Funding deadlines for Studentships and Scholarships


Admissions Officer
Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 6753

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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.

Facilities and equipment

The Department of Psychology is part of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.  We currently have 300 undergraduates and 90 postgraduates in our department who benefit from:

  • an enthusiastic and approachable staff team with 21 academics, 9 administrative or technical support staff and 2 research officers;
  • a lively research environment; and
  • outstanding computing facilities;
  • regular seminar programmes establish a sense of community.

The Department of Psychology (the main foyer, Department Office and Reception Hatch) is based in building 2 South where most lecturers and support staff have offices. Student pigeonholes, assignment submission boxes and noticeboards are also in this building. Some staff and our postgraduate research students are located in 6 West (mainly level 0), 5 South (not open to visitors) and 1 West 3.12 (for MPhil/PhD queries).

International and industrial links

The Cognition, Affective Science and Technology Laboratories (CASTL) group has collaborative links with human computer interaction groups within the UK (e.g. London Knowledge Lab and The Mixed Reality Lab at Nottingham) with education groups in America (at Harvard) and with industrial partners on collaborative research projects including Sciencescope (an educational sensor design company), Vodafone and BT.

The Social and Cultural Psychology group is allied with the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment and the National Children's Bureau. All groups are supported by research grants from research councils such as the ESRC and EPSRC.

The Health Psychology group benefits from both a theoretical, methodological and applied focus and has strong interdisciplinary research links with the Department of Pharmacy (research on psychoneuroimmunology and stress, pain and pain management, well-being and quality of life) and the Department of Social & Policy Sciences (work on coping responses and substance abuse). They are supported by links with: the Royal United Hospital (RUH); Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD); Transition to School Research Project-funded by the Economic and Social Reseach Council (ESRC); the WHO Field Centre for the Study of Quality of Life (WHO-QOL) (based within the department); Wellbeing in Developing Countries Research group; Centre of Death and Society; Department for Health (incorporating the Mental Health Research & Development Unit (MHRDU), the Centre for Pain Reseach (CPR) and the Division of Sport & Exercise Science).

Careers Information

For free information about careers and postgraduate training in psychology contact:

The British Psychological Society,
48 Princess Road East, Leicester LE1 7DR

You are strongly advised to become acquainted with the different career options in Psychology, so that you can make an informed choice about which degree programme, in which University, will best suit your interests.

Visiting the Department

The University of Bath campus is open to the public. Visitors are welcome in the Department of Psychology during the normal working week (Monday – Friday excluding Bank Holidays). Reception hours are 10 – 12 or 1.30 – 3.30 (the building is not accessible outside these hours).

If you are seeking specific information about one of our postgraduate research programmes you should e-mail the PGR Admissions Team at or telephone them on +44 (0)1225 38 6753.

The date of the next University Open Day is to be confirmed see : for further details or contact the Admissions Office on +44 (0) 1225 383019. Information on the full range of undergraduate and postgraduate Psychology programmes on offer at the University of Bath will be available at these events.