We'll give you training on how to process and transform large scientific data sets in order to uncover hidden patterns that can be applied to real-world organisational and psychological problems. You'll develop skills in the programming language Python and learn how to use, when to use, and how to interpret the output from, specialist statistics software.
Alongside your training in data science, you'll learn the latest techniques for cutting-edge psychology research, which range from neuroimaging and multivariate statistics, to clinical trial design and qualitative interview methods. You'll also receive professional skills training in research ethics and presenting to an academic audience.
Your extended research project will give you the chance to explore a specialism of your choice from an area of clinical, cognitive, developmental or social psychology, using data science techniques. You can focus on a psychological research question that interests you most, and you'll be supervised by one of our world-class researchers. You can choose a supervisor from an area of psychology that matches your research interests and future career aspirations.
Throughout your research project you'll get the opportunity to put your knowledge of data science and research methods into practice while addressing an issue at the cutting edge of psychological research.Your career
Demand is growing for data scientists. With your practical skills in handling and interpreting data, coupled with an understanding of the ethical implications of using data to predict and influence human behaviour, you'll be well equipped to pursue an exciting career in a range of industries, including:
- government and the civil service
- technology and social media companies - interpreting marketing research to build customer insight
- higher education - carrying out scientific research
- finance or banking - building bespoke customer solutions.