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Starting date, Wednesday 20 Jan 2021
10am – 5pm | 3 days

Course overview

This 3-day interactive course is taught in small groups by psychologists conducting cutting-edge research and introduces research, design and analysis in psychology.

Science is not about building a body of known ‘facts’. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality check, thus avoiding the human tendency to believe whatever makes us feel good.

Terry Pratchett, Author (1948 –2015)

Psychology uses scientific methods to provide new insights into the human mind and behaviour. You will study current research methodologies as they apply to different aspects of the research process; as well as international research standards required for high-quality publications.  You will have an opportunity to receive advice and guidance from expert researchers on how to design and conduct studies to address research questions of your choice.

This course covers a range of current research methodologies and their suitability for addressing different research questions; different aspects of research processes; advice and guidance on specific research questions (as requested by students during the course), as well as international research standards, including those for high-quality publications.

The course is available in four formats:

  • Campus
  • Clients' Office
  • Online (Virtual Classroom) with live tutoring
  • Bespoke (Group or 1-2-1 coaching)

100% of AIR income, beyond operational expense, is used towards education and research. Read more…

Why choose this course

You will receive hands-on research experience and gain supervision from leading interdisciplinary researchers. The course provides opportunities to focus your practice on areas of interest. During the course, there are opportunities for you to discuss and develop your research ideas.

Goldsmiths Psychology department is in the World Top 100 in the QS ranking for academic reputation. Papers by our academics are highly cited, we hold 55th place among the worlds' Psychology departments for the number of citations per published paper.

Is this course for me?

The course is suitable for anyone wishing to learn about research methods in the life and social sciences. The course is particularly suitable for those who are thinking of starting an undergraduate degree in Psychology or who are pursuing a postgraduate degree in any discipline. The course covers topics relating to quantitative research methods relevant to many disciplines. The course is also suitable for participants who want to gain insight into psychological research.

More information

This course can be taken in combination with:



Booking information

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We are committed to providing reasonable teaching adjustments for students with disabilities that may impact on their learning experience. If you require adjustments, please complete the relevant section on the booking form and also contact us at shortcourses ( so we can respond to your requests as soon as possible. 

Please note that our short courses sell-out quickly, so early booking is advisable. 


  • 10% when a participant enrols for more than one of our courses (at the same time)
  • 20% UK students
  • 25%Members of the UK Law and Society Association (UKLSA) 
  • If five people register from the same institution for the same intake, the fifth place is free
  • Goldsmiths students, staff and alumni - email us for current discounts

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Starting date, Wednesday 20 Jan 2021
10am – 5pm | 3 days


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Tutor information

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Teemu Toivainen

Teemu is an expert in the study of creativity. His research includes the application of complex statistical modelling to ascertain the structure and aetiology of individual differences in creativity. Teemu is an experienced teacher who excels in making complex concepts accessible.

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Robert Chapman

Robert's research focuses on public engagement with science, particularly genetics. He has developed, validated and promoted various measures of genetic knowledge and opinions and works regularly with large datasets (N >13,000). He is passionate about improving scientific engagement across society.

Yulia Kovas

Professor Kovas has published over 100 articles in highly regarded journals, and her overall citations exceed 2000. She is also an author of many book chapters and an editor of several book volumes. She has acted as an associate editor to 3 academic journals, and reviews for 35 journals, as well as for international funding bodies. She regularly gives invited and keynote talks at international conferences.


Learning outcomes

On this short course, you will learn about the following:

  • Day 1: Introduction to the Psychological sciences: How psychology works and how theories are formulated and tested. Ethical issues will also be discussed.
  • Day 2: Participants will work with data to test hypotheses and understand the implications of findings in the psychological sciences.
  • Day 3: Conducting research: Participants will be introduced to methods to enhance their effective and critical reading of psychological research papers.
  • Formulating hypotheses: Participants will work on forming and operationalising their own hypothesis, thinking about how these might be tested.

This will result in these learning outcomes:

  • Understanding the various branches and approaches in psychology
  • Understanding ethical considerations in psychological science
  • Developing the skills to formulate and evaluate hypotheses
  • Developing the skills to understand critically evaluate psychological research findings

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