Social Psychology, M.Sc.

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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. The programme is offered at the University of Surrey and 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.

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. The programme is offered at the University of Surrey and it is concerned with the scientific study of how we think about, influence and relate to one another. 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.
Programme Overview
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
  • These educational goals are realised through teaching and learning strategies on both the taught modules and the individual dissertation, which aim to enhance your ability to become an active member of the social psychology profession.

Programme Structure

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.

Optional modules

In addition, you choose three modules from the following list:

  • Conducting Health Psychology Research
  • Maintaining Health Throughout the Lifespan
  • Psychological Neuroscience: Electrophysiology
  • Key Questions in Environmental Psychology: People and Place
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Social Cognition
  • Chronic Conditions
  • Psychological Aspects of Health Care
  • Aspects of Experimental Psychology
  • Ergonomics and Human Factors
  • Inquiry and Design
  • Psychological Neuroscience: Psychophysics & fMRI
  • Psychology of Sustainable Development
  • The Self & Relationships
  • Morality & Emotions
Course Details
  • Full-time students: Four modules per semester in total
  • Part-time students: Modules split across two years as agreed with the Course Director

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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.

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Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 18000 International
  • GBP 7000 EU/EEA


  • UK/EU fees: £3,500
  • Overseas fees: £9,000


University of Surrey bursaries

In order to be eligible for a Surrey Bursary your household income must meet all of the criteria, you must be a UK or EU student and must be paying the full tuition fees (thereforeNHS-funded students and students who are being funded are not eligible).

You must also have correctly filled out and submitted your application to Student Finance England/Student Finance European Team for a loan and must also make sure that you and your parent/guardian have given your consent to share the information with the University.

Please note that the scheme detailed below is subject to OFFA (Office for Fair Access) approvaland thereforeour bursary schemes may change in order to meet regulations. We currently anticipate offering the following to students commencing their studies at Surrey in October 2016:

Full Surrey Award

Students with a household income of less than £25,000 and who are resident in POLAR* postcodes 1 – 2

* POLAR (Participation of Local Areas) isa HEFCEclassification for the participation in higher education by young people by geographical area in the UK. It’s used to measure thewideningparticipationperformance of universities.

The award of £3,000 for eligible recipients will be paid as follows:

Where the recipient is living on campus, the bursary will be paid against their accommodation fees.

Cash payments will only apply where the recipient is not living on campus.

Applicable in the first year of study and for subsequent years where a student progresses normally on their programme, but excluding the Professional Training Year or repeat periods of study.

Care Leavers

The University of Surrey offers a guaranteed minimum bursary of £1,000 on entry to qualifying students who have been in local authority care. Eligible students will be under 25 years of age and will have been in care for at least 13 weeks after the age of 14.

The £1,000 is not paid in addition to the Full Surrey Award.

University of Surrey scholarships

Surrey Merit Scholarship

Our merit-based scholarship provides a £2,000 cash award and membership of Surrey Sports Park for the first year of study for eligible Undergraduate students in the following subjects:

Electronic Engineering

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering with Audiovisual Systems
  • Electronic Engineering with Communications
  • Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems
  • Electronic Engineering with Nanotechnology
  • Electronic Engineering with Space Systems


  • Financial Mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics with Music
  • Mathematics with Statistics

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Engineering


  • Psychology
  • The University will identify eligible students, so there is no application form for this scheme.
Eligibility criteria

To qualify for the Surrey Merit Scholarship, studentsmustachieve the following grades in one sitting:

  • A*AA at A-Level (excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking) or
  • 38 points in the International Baccalaureate or
  • Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction in the BTEC QCF Extended Diploma or
  • AAAAA in Scottish Highers plus AA in Scottish Advanced Highers in relevant subjects or
  • A1A1A2A2A2A2 in Irish Highers or
  • D3, D3, D3 in the principle subjects in the Cambridge Pre-U

The scholarship is only open to students who achieve the required grades in the qualifications listed above. We are unable to award this scholarship to students holding any alternative qualifications.

The scholarship is open to UK, EU and International students who select Surrey as their firm choice no later than 23 July 2016 and are paying the full £9,000 fees (UK/EU) or above (International students).International students who are being sponsored are not eligible. These scholarships are not available to students in receipt of another scholarship from the University.Note: If eligible, a student can also, however, hold a Full Surrey Award (means-tested bursary) in conjunction with this scholarship.

Payment of the award will be made in equal instalments direct to eligible students’ bank accounts in December and March following entry.

Surrey Sports scholarships 2016

Our Sports Scholarships recognise exceptional achievement by high-calibre athletes and complement our state-of-the-art sports facilities at Surrey Sports Park.

High-performance athletes

The University of Surrey’s High-Performance Athlete Support Scheme (HPASS) is designed to assist talentedstudent athletesto fulfil their sporting potential whilst achieving academic excellence. We provide individuallytailored,practical solutions and services to students that are specific to both their sport and academic situation.

HPASSbenefits include
  • Free access to facilities at Surrey Sports Park
  • An individual strength and conditioning programme
  • Physiotherapy and sports massage
  • Physiological assessments and advice through the Surrey Human Performance Institute
  • Regular workshops including strength and conditioning, lifestyle and injury prevention
  • Nutritional analysis and sports psychology support
A dedicated performance manager

SuitableHPASSapplicants may also qualify for one of the sports scholarships, valued at £3,000. Successful applicants will be eligible to receive £2,000 of athlete services, along with a cash bursary of £1,000. Current sports scholars include GB marathon kayaker Jonny Tye and Surrey Storm netball player Amanda Davis.

To be eligible you must meet the following criteria:

Achieve the required academic entry standard for your chosen degree course

  • Continue to meet the academic standards of your course throughout your time at Surrey in order to remain on the scholarship programme
  • Be internationally recognised by at least one of the major British sporting organisations: British Universities and College Sports (BUCS), UK Sport andSportEngland. If not, you must be on a National Governing Body (NGB) performance pathway programme

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