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.
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 is mainly by coursework assignment (4-6,000-word essays), examination (for the Advanced Statistics and Methodology module only), plus the dissertation.
This programme aims to:
Knowledge and understanding
You will gain knowledge and understanding of:
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You will gain the following transferable skills:
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
No work experience is required.
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