The University of Edinburgh is uniquely positioned to offer this programme because of its long history of world-class individual differences research and teaching. Staff involved in teaching and supervision include internationally recognised researchers from our Individual Differences Research Group
Our staff expertise covers various topics, including the measurement, causes and consequences of personality traits and intelligence, positive psychology, primate behaviour, paranormal beliefs and psychopathology.
Individual differences research group
You will take courses on the theoretical and methodological aspects of individual differences research and conduct an original research dissertation. You will also receive thorough training in advanced academic skills and research methods within psychology, including comprehensive coverage of statistical modelling and research design using the R statistical language. All MSc students are encouraged to take part in weekly journal clubs that feature presentations from staff, postgraduate students and external speakers, and discussions of important new articles.
The Psychology of Individual Differences programme at The University of Edinburgh is designed for students who aspire to pursue a research-oriented career in psychology or related fields, such as health psychology, genetics, epidemiology, social psychology, developmental psychology, psychopathology or educational psychology. The programme can also prepare students for a career in organisational psychology / human resources. More broadly, the course also teaches a broad range of transferable skills applicable to a wide range of modern jobs, such as research design, data management and processing, statistical modelling and interpretation, as well as the synthesis and communication of complex literature.
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Programme StructureCore courses
- Psychological Research Skills - General advanced research methodology
- Univariate Statistics and Methodology using R - Introduction to R and statistical models
- Multivariate Statistics and Methodology using R - Advanced statistical modelling
- Seminar in Personality
- Applied Psychological Testing (taught by individual differences research group, covering the psychometric theory and modelling as well as a range of real-world applications of psychological testing)
- Brain Imaging in Cognitive Neuroscience
- Clinical Neuropsychology
- Neuroscience of Language
- Atypical Development
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Or any other course open to MSc students
- The dissertation involves conducting an empirical research project in close collaboration with an expert supervisor, sometimes also working with other graduate students.
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- 12 months
- 24 months
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DisciplinesPsychology Educational Psychology View 167 other Masters in Educational Psychology in United Kingdom
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- A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in psychological, biological or social sciences, or any similar subject based on methodological and statistics studies.
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International26300 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 26300 GBP per year during 12 months.
National12500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 12500 GBP per year during 12 months.
- Home: £6,250
- International/EU: £13,150
Living costs for Edinburgh
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.