Be part of a diverse group of students at the cutting edge of innovative attempts to apply social psychological theory to a range of current social issues.
The MSc Social Psychology looks at a range of topical social issues through the lens of social psychological theories in order to develop understanding and ideas for intervention. It is concerned with the scientific study of how we think about, influence and relate to one another.
The programme deals with, amongst other topics, issues of power and influence, the study of how individuals and groups interact to construct and maintain identities and how these are related to social change. Through this, the programme aims to provide you with an awareness of the historical and philosophical background of social psychology and an in-depth knowledge of contemporary theoretical and methodological approaches to the discipline.
You will be part of a diverse group of students at the cutting edge of innovative attempts to apply social psychological theory to everyday thought, emotion and behaviour in social contexts.
The Social Psychology programme aims to:
You are required to complete two compulsory core-content modules and three compulsory research-oriented modules. In addition, you will need to complete two additional modules of your choice, selected from the MSc module catalogue and from final-year undergraduate modules that feature content relevant to social psychology. (In 2013-14, students can take a final year undergraduate module on the psychology of religion as an MSc option.)
You will also be required to present a dissertation comprising an original piece of empirical research within any area of social psychology. Your dissertation will be approved and supervised by one of the School’s academic staff.
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.
This module introduces you to current advances in theories of identity and self-concept from a social psychological perspective.
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.
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.
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:
IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.
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.
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.
No work experience is required.
Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS we offer you the chance to receive up to £10,000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.
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