M.Sc. Social Psychology

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP18000 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    GBP7000 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| Guildford, England, United Kingdom
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.

Detailed Course Facts

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Tuition fee
  • GBP18000 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • GBP7000 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.



  • UK/EU fees: £3,500
  • Overseas fees: £9,000
Credits 180
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months
Part-time variant Flexible

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.

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

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.

Admission to UK universities often requires that students have completed a recognized Bachelor's degree. International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to UK universities when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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