Statistics and Methodology - PSYC8010

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This module provides a postgraduate-level orientation to both basic and advanced contemporary statistical and methodological issues in psychology. The methodological issues considered include qualitative research methodologies; experimental, quasi-experimental, and correlational research designs in the laboratory and field; and the fundamental issues in psychological measurement including reliability and validity. The statistical techniques taught include univariate and multivariate descriptive and inferential statistics; basic and advanced topics in ANOVA and ANCOVA; linear and logistic multiple regression; some scaling methods; classical test theory, factor analysis; fundamentals of structural equation modelling (path analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, multiple-group analysis), and some item response theory.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 110
Private study hours: 290
Total study hours: 400


Compulsory to:

•MSc Cognitive Psychology/Neuropsychology
•MSc Developmental Psychology
•MSc Forensic Psychology
•MSc Political Psychology
•MSc Social Psychology

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Two Online Tests, each formed of a separate 45 minute theory paper and a separate 2 hour computing paper.

Reassessment methods

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Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

8.1. Demonstrate a systemic understanding of the complex concepts and logic of statistical reasoning, using appropriate descriptive and inferential methods;

8.2. Comprehensively understand the fundamentals of scaling and methods used for measuring psychological variables;

8.3. Demonstrate a systemic understanding of the concepts of statistical model and model testing;

8.4. Use software to manage data, conduct descriptive analyses and test hypotheses; use software to specify and test structural equation models;

8.5. Interpret results of statistical analyses and outputs of statistical software; make inferences from the results in applied settings;

8.6. Systematically evaluate the appropriateness of statistical analysis methods to research design and data;

8.7. Effectively communicate results of statistical analyses orally and in writing.

8.8. Demonstrate a systemic understanding of how to apply qualitative, correlational and experimental research methods

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

9.1 Demonstrate an understanding of complex theoretical positions and controversies related to methodology;

9.2 Demonstrate an appreciation of the diverse applications of statistics and its relevance to students' fields of study and social sciences more broadly.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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