MSc course module

Research Design

This module provides a grounding in qualitative research methods, before venturing into transpersonal approaches to research, offering an introduction to methods which embrace embodied, intuitive and creative ways of expanding the human knowledge base. It not only gives students the opportunity to work with these methods in a research project, but also tackles philosophical and ethical issues surrounding methods in transpersonal psychology.

These concern the centrality of transformation for both researcher and participants, issues arising when participants’ most meaningful experiences may be scrutinised, issues where practices may be evaluated for efficacy, and ideas concerning changing paradigms in psychological science. The module prepares students for their empirical research projects in year 3 of the MSc programme.


Accordion Content
  1. Learn the principles, tools and techniques of qualitative research methods, including sampling, data collection, data analysis, and validity
  2. Learn to apply a specific research method in a group research project
  3. Critically compare and contrast a range of different methodologies used in (transpersonal) psychology, including case studies, narrative research, phenomenology, grounded theory, heuristic methodology, and intuitive inquiry
  4. Explore the relationship between spiritual practice and research, considering the centrality of transformation, both for researchers and participants, in transpersonal research
  5. Consider the ethics of conducting transpersonal research
  6. Learn how to communicate research processes and results through written papers, posters and live webinars.

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