The Social Psychology programme aims to:
  • Provide you with advanced knowledge of the history and philosophy of social psychology, and a competent understanding of classic and contemporary theories, findings and methodologies in the field
  • Train you to engage in the practices that make up both ‘pure’ and ‘applied’ research
  • Engage and expand your ability to think critically and to discuss theories and findings about the social nature of human beings
  • Train you to formulate research problems, to select and apply appropriate methodologies, to interpret resultant quantitative and qualitative data, and to communicate your research effectively to a diverse range of audiences
  • Develop your interpersonal, technical and communication skills
  • Raise your awareness of related disciplines including sociology, anthropology, cognitive science and history to assist your engagement in cross-disciplinary dialogue
  • Enable you to link social psychological theories and empirical findings to social issues, with a view to understanding the practical policy implications of research, and research-led interventions in public life
  • Inform you about the procedures and practices of ethical research conduct

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 18000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 7000 Year (EEA)


  • UK/EU fees: £4,000
  • Overseas fees: £8,000
Start date
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months

Course Content

Compulsory modules
Social Change and Influence

This module provides an advanced understanding of current theories of social change and influence in social psychology and opportunities to apply these to diverse social change contexts.

Self and Identity in Context

This module introduces you to current advances in theories of identity and self-concept from a social psychological perspective.

Research-oriented modules
Preparation for Academic Research in Psychology

This module is designed to equip students with the necessary generic insights and skills to undertake academic research in psychology, principally in preparation for dissertation work.

Quantitative Research Methods / Qualitative Research Methods

These two modules provide you with a background in the philosophy underlying research methods and the skills to assess and conduct qualitative and quantitative research effectively.

Crafting Research: Linking Theories and Methods

This module aims to enable you to link theoretical and empirical questions to social issues and provide you with an in-depth understanding of the practical applications and action implications of social psychological theories and empirical findings.


The MSc Social Psychology stimulates interest in a wide variety of research areas. Below is a list of recent dissertation titles, to give you an idea of the range of subjects and environments studied on the programme:

  • A qualitative exploration of accounts of ‘deradicalisation’ and ‘disengagement’ among former prisoners jailed for terrorism-related offences in Indonesia
  • Reactions of Irish people to outcomes of puberty suppression in children with gender identity disorder: the effects of general identity, psychological wellbeing and sexual orientation
  • Exploring language and identity through the reflective accounts of second-generation Asians: a qualitative study
  • Social memories of the Second World War: exploring the relationship between British identity and the European Union
  • Construction of national identities and the other in political discourses in the context of the intergroup conflict resolution in Cyprus
  • Explicit and implicit methods for measuring gender differences in sexual prejudice
  • Sexism and feminism: a not-so-ambivalent relationship
  • Constructing America: a qualitative analysis of presidential inauguration speeches
  • ‘If we all got together and understood and tolerated each others’ faiths, we could all work together for this country’: A qualitative exploration of the social psychology of interfaith relations from the perspective of Church of Scotland members in Glasgow
  • The dynamics of group membership and ascription of racial identity by the State through the lens of mixed ethnicity Singaporeans

English Language Requirements

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Normally a first or 2.1 honours degree in psychology from a UK university (or recognised equivalent overseas qualification). Degrees in related subjects (such as sociology) will also be considered. Applicants who meet these basic criteria will be invited to be interviewed in person or by Skype to discuss their interest in social psychology.

English language requirements

IELTS minimum overall: 6.5

IELTS minimum by component: 6.0

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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