Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology – Part 1 (Module 33006)

This module will introduce you to quantitative research methods.

It will cover all aspects of quantitative research methods, namely: Generating hypotheses, simple research designs (e.g. post and pre-post designs (experimental and quasi experimental), longitudinal and cross-sectional), validity and reliability, data collection methods (e.g. questionnaires, observation schedules, test), basic data analysis using data analysis software such as R or SPSS (e.g. calculating descriptive statistics and producing charts; probability and significance testing; parametric and non- parametric inferential statistics such as chi-square, correlations and t-tests), and writing research reports. Students will be made aware of the importance of conducting research in line with ethical principles, such as the BPS Code of Ethics. This will be situated within an understanding of the history of psychological research and research ethics.

Research examples will focus on developmental and/or cognitive psychology and focus on developmental or cognitive psychology across the lifespan.


By the end of the module you should be able to:

  • Evaluate different research designs used in quantitative research 
  • Evaluate different data collection methods used in quantitative research
  • Write research reports in line with quantitative research conventions  
  • Design studies that adhere to established ethical principles 
  • Use data analysis software to perform basic data analysis, and be able to interpret outputs 

Module lead

Dr Bene Bassetti


20 credits

Contact time

Lectures (20 hours), Seminars (14 hours), Practical classes/workshops (6 hours)


2 hour Unseen multiple-choice exam  (50%); 2000 word research report (50%)

Programmes associated with this module