Manchester Metropolitan University


Psychology and Psychology by Research

2017 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • Modular programme.
  • Choice of electives.
  • 130 high quality academic papers in print over the last 12 months
  • 96% of students are satisfied with the quality of our teaching (NSS)
  • We have a clear focus on student employability, offering psychometric testing and workshops to support students in their personal progression and future job applications.

About the course

Supervised by Dr Neil Dagnall this master's programme enables students to take a flexible approach to their learning, choosing to follow a taught, research or blended approach to their studies.

Students opting for both routes benefit from an ongoing research environment, as well as access to the activities of the Research Institute of Health and Social Change (RIHSC). Academic supervisors are research active and contribute to RIHSC.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

Core and optional units are outlined below.

Core Units

The overall aim of this unit is to develop your independent research skills. It is related to the themes of applied psychology, social and personal change and applied practice. The research may be desktop, laboratory based or field based; may be experimental or non-experimental; qualitative or quantitative and or collaborative with external agencies (if necessary).  Reports of the work can take one of two forms: a standard thesis (incorporating references to literature, ethical issues) or a journal article (prepared to specification)

Personal and Professional Development

This unit supports personal and professional development through your identification and monitoring of learning objectives and personal goals within a critical and supportive academic community. The unit promotes ongoing reflection, completion of personal development records, planning and participating. 

Personal and Professional Development

The 20 credit module is concerned with both the development of knowledge & skills and the development of self. The unit promotes this development through the identification and monitoring of learning objectives and personal goals within a critical and supportive academic community. A required component of the module is student attendance and contribution to PPD group meetings. The PPD group provides an opportunity to share and extend knowledge, understanding and skills with peers.

Likely Optional Units
Ability Assessment

This unit provides the opportunity to develop an applied and critical understanding of psychological measurement. The unit addresses the fundamental principles and issues surrounding ability measurement and psychological measurement in general.

Introduction to Investigative Psychology

This unit provides an introduction to the theoretical frameworks, research methodologies and professional applications of Investigative Psychology (IP). Students will acquire an understanding of the emergence of IP from ‘offender profiling’ activities in the early 1990s and the importance of the empirical research carried out over the last 20 years to advance psychological understanding of criminal behaviour and police investigative processes.

Investigative Interviewing and Eye Witness Testimony

This unit covers the importance and relevance of applied social and cognitive psychological research relating to investigative interviewing and eyewitness testimony. How such research has shaped and developed police and legal system processes and practice will be explored and evaluated

Offender Assessment & Treatment

Within this unit students will develop a critical overview of specialist applications of forensic psychology in relation to diverse groups of offenders, in terms of assessment, formulation, management, and treatment.The unit will provide students with an understanding of a variety of assessment and treatment approaches used within public and private sector settings, specifically applied to an offending population.

Preparing for Academic Practice
This unit is aimed at postgraduate students who are interested in learning about academic practice and/or want to pursue a career in academia. It will primarily explore key components of research (such as research dissemination, producing research articles and applying for funding) and this aspect will be linked to your specific research interests.
Psychology and Law

The overall aim of this unit is to introduce how psychology is applied in legal settings. Topics covered include: psychologists as expert witnesses, the role of psychologists in the criminal and civil courts, the role of psychologists in mental health law and  psychological assessment in legal settings. Students are encouraged to integrate theory with the development of practical skills to enhance their understanding of the topic and their professional development.

Qualitative Methods in Psychology

The unit develops an applied and critical understanding of qualitative research methods in psychology enabling the development of theoretical and philosophical understandings alongside practical skills and experience. The unit will span some of the breadth of qualitative methods in psychology aiming to ensure a comprehensive grounding in both theory and application. Philosophy, values and ethics in qualitative research will provide a sound basis for developing more practical skills and knowledge. A range of methodological approaches will be explored – ethnographic, feminist, phenomenological, narrative and post-structural research. Qualitative methods outlined will include: interviewing, focus groups, observations, diaries. Thematic analysis, discourse analysis, narrative analysis will be included aiming to span critical realist and more textual, post-structural approaches.

Quantitative Methods in Psychology

This unit develops an applied and critical understanding of quantitative methods and analyses in psychology enabling the development of theoretical and applied skills, spanning the breadth of quantitative methods in psychology; providing a grounding in both theory and application.  A wide-range of quantitative approaches will be explored from the fundamentals of quantitative methodology (e.g., research design, sampling, hypothesis testing, significance) through to the essentials (ANOVA, regression and data reduction).

Theory and Practice in Forensic Psychology

This unit presents theory alongside practice and encourages students to develop an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of forensic psychology, and how this translates into practice. Viewing theory and practice as complementary components in forensic psychology, this unit forms part of core learning and provides key foundations for skill and knowledge development.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Assessment details

For both routes, assessment is undertaken continuously.

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at:

Typical entry requirements

You will normally have a Min 2:2 UK Honours Degree, postgraduate diploma or degree-equivalent professional qualification. You will also hold a GCSE or equivalent in English language. Prior learning and experience may count for advanced standing.

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

How do I apply for this course?

Download our course application form. There are instructions on what to do next and who to send the form to in the Word document.

Career options after the course

Successful completion of this course may equip you with the skills to go into research posts or gain promotion in the workplace. Recent graduates have gone on to establish careers in Clinical Psychology, Teaching and a variety of professional Psychology routes.

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.