Research Methods D


This module follows on directly from RMC and builds on research carried out in semester 1. Lectures, workshops, two tutorials and online coursework are integrated to enhance your skills as psychological researcher.

Topics to be covered include:

Research Methods (supported through lectures and RM workshops)

  • Questionnaire design: writing questionnaires
  • Questionnaire design: validity and reliability
  • Factor analysis
  • Relational analyses:
    Correlation – taking it further
    Linear regression
    Multiple regression 
    Logistic regression 
  • Introduction to ANCOVA

Mini projects (supported through lectures and MP Workshops)

  • Mini-project 1: Designing and validating a questionnaire
  • Mini-project 2: Designing and running a questionnaire based study


Research Proposal

Research participation

10 hours of participation in current research



  • 10 two-hour lecture to support mini-project and research methods


  • 9 one-hour mini project workshops
  • 9 one-hour research methods workshops


  • 2 one-hour academic tutorials to support tutorial coursework

Office hours:

  • 10 one-hour drop-in sessions 


  • Practical report (2000 words) 30%
  • Presentation 20% - part peer-assessed
  • Research methods class test 45%
  • Tutorial-linked coursework (grant proposal) 5% 

To be eligible to pass this module, students must pass the statistics exam and fulfil the research participation requirements.

Note that reassessment is via an exam which covers the whole of the module including components which may have been passed individually. Special reassessment arrangements exist for those with extenuating circumstances.

Please note that the format of papers in the supplementary examinations may differ from the equivalent main examination paper or class test. Re-sit and deferral students should check the details of the assessment format of supplementary examinations with the Module Leader 

Key skills

  • Oral communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Written communication
  • Gathering information 
  • Analysing data
  • Report writing
  • Organisation and planning
  • Team work
  • Problem solving
  • Using initiative
  • Flexibility
  • Computing and IT