M.Sc. Social and Applied Psychology

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School of Psychology | University of Kent | Canterbury, United Kingdom
The programme is taught by the Schoolís outstanding research group in social psychology. Our teaching and research covers the psychology of intergroup behaviour, group decision and performance, attitudes and persuasion, organisational psychology, social cognition, childrenís self-concept and social attitudes, and cross-cultural questions, relating social psychological research in these areas to social problems. Course tutors include academics and experts who work in the media, the health service and other applied settings.
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Description of Social and Applied Psychology

The MSc in Social and Applied Psychology gives you the opportunity to sample a range of modules from our Group Processes and Forensic programmes as well as other modules related to social and applied psychology.

You also gain a thorough grounding in research methods, and conduct a project in an area of social/applied psychology that interests you.

The programme is taught by the Schoolís outstanding research group in social psychology. Our teaching and research covers the psychology of intergroup behaviour, group decision and performance, attitudes and persuasion, organisational psychology, social cognition, childrenís self-concept and social attitudes, and cross-cultural questions, relating social psychological research in these areas to social problems. Course tutors include academics and experts who work in the media, the health service and other applied settings.

Psychology at Kent offers a supportive, dynamic and diverse environment for creative research and learning. All of our taught Masterís (MSc) programmes have been recognised by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as meeting the nationally recognised criteria for preparation training for PhD research.

The School has a strong track record of attracting ESRC research studentship funding, which involves partnerships with external organisations such as Age Concern England and the Equality and Human Rights Commission and collaborative studentships with partners such as People United.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline as early as possible
Tuition fee
  • GBP 12890 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 5250 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2015
Credits (ECTS) 90 ECTS
  • Total Kent credits: 180
  • Total ECTS credits: 90
  • One year full-time, two years part-time
Credits 180
  • Total Kent credits: 180
  • Total ECTS credits: 90
  • One year full-time, two years part-time
Duration full-time 12 months
Languages
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Part-time variant Flexible

Course Content

The MSc in Social and Applied Psychology is composed of 4 compulsory modules and 2 option modules. The compulsory modules are Advanced Statistics and Methodology (SP801), Current Issues in Social and Applied Psychology 1: Theory (SP802), Current Issues in Social and Applied Psychology 2: Applications, and a supervised empirical or theoretical dissertation (SP998).

View this year's timetable (PDF). (NB: timetabling and modules may vary from year to year.)

The option modules may change from year to year. Those listed below are taken from the current curriculum. Advanced Topics in Intergroup Relations (SP813) is a recommended module for Social and Applied Psychology students, although you may be permitted to take others, at the discretion of the MSc Director and the specific module convenor

SP801 - Statistics and Methodology

SP802 - Current Issues in Social and Applied Psychology Part 1

SP817 - Current Issues in Social and Applied Psychology II :Applications

SP998 - Advanced Research Project in Psychology

SP813 - Advanced Topics in Intergroup Relations

SP851 - Advanced Topics in Cognitive Development

SP852 - Developmental Psychology in Professional Practice

SP853 - The Psychology of Eyewitness Testimony

SP854 - Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychopathology

SP842 - Advanced Developmental Social Psychology

SP844 - Advanced Topics in Group Processes

Assessment

Assessment is mainly by coursework assignment (4-6,000-word essays), examination (for the Advanced Statistics and Methodology module only), plus the dissertation.

Learning outcomes

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

  • foster your intellectual development of postgraduate students by providing you with a specialised knowledge of a range of theoretical approaches to social and applied psychology and statistical and methodological expertise in order that you should be well equipped to make your own original contribution to psychological knowledge
  • provide teaching that is informed by current research and scholarship and that requires you to engage with aspects of work at the frontiers of knowledge
  • help you to develop research skills and transferable skills in preparation for entering academic or other careers as psychologists
  • satisfy the academic requirements of the knowledge base specified by the British Psychological Society
  • enable you to manage your own learning and to carry out independent research
  • help you to develop general critical, analytic and problem-solving skills that can be applied in a wide range of settings.

Knowledge and understanding

You will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • a range of general, historical, theoretical and philosophical issues underlying the disciplines of social and applied psychology
  • the major analytic techniques and research methodologies employed by cognitive psychologists and neuropsychologists
  • specialist knowledge and systematic understanding of the key issues in social and applied psychology.

Intellectual skills

You develop intellectual skills in:

  • the ability to critically reflect on key themes
  • the ability to produce sustained work
  • discussion skills
  • written analysis and interpretation of relevant material
  • a critical awareness of both cognitive and neuropsychological approaches to the nature of mind/body.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in:

  • how to identify, locate and use material available in the library and online resources
  • the major analytic techniques employed by cognitive psychologists/neuropsychologists
  • how to evaluate and select appropriate methods for researching questions in social and applied psychology.

Transferable skills

You will gain the following transferable skills:

  • numeracy: the ability to analyse data and make sense of statistical materials, integrate numerical and non-numerical information, understand the limits and potentialities of arguments based on quantitative information.
  • communication: the ability to organise information clearly, write coherently and concisely about your chosen research area and other areas of social and applied psychology, and give oral presentations about your work.
  • working with others: the ability to review the work of others, work co-operatively in groups, understand ethical principles and the procedures for gaining ethics approval for research
  • improving your own learning: the ability to explore your personal strengths and weaknesses, develop the skills of time management, review the student-staff relationship, develop specialist learning skills, develop autonomy in learning
  • information technology: use computers for data analysis, word processing, graphical display of data for analysis and presentation, bibliographical research, documentation and email
  • problem-solving: the ability to identify and define problems, explore alternative solutions and discriminate between them
  • teaching and learning: we will provide lecture workshops on computing, drop-in computing surgeries, training in making oral presentations of research material, lecture-seminars on writing critical reviews of literature, carrying out literature searches, lecture-workshops on career development, media training and training in the dissemination of research findings
  • you will also sit computing tests and unseen examinations and write coursework essays.

English Language Requirements

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6.5
CAE score
193(Grade B)

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Requirements for Social and Applied Psychology

A Bachelorís or Masterís degree with:

a. Adequate level of academic achievement

A final degree classification (grade average) of at least a 2.1 or Merit in the UK system (the second highest classification after First/Distinction). Results from institutions in other countries will be assessed individually according to this standard.

Your existing degree does not have to be in psychology as long as the statistics training requirement is met (please see below). If it is in a different subject, or if it is not accredited by the British Psychological Society, please ask your academic referee to complete the Pro-forma for Social and Applied Psychology and email it to psypgadmissions@kent.ac.uk.

b. Statistics and research methods training in the social sciences

This programme includes a one-year statistics sequence which you must normally pass in order to receive your award. The teaching assumes that you are familiar with the following topics:

  • Means and standard deviations
  • Distributions, hypothesis testing and statistical significance
  • t-tests
  • Correlation coefficients
  • Variables and measurement

Work Experience for Social and Applied Psychology

No work experience is required.

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