MSc Social Psychology
- Programme director
- Adrian Coyle
- Programme length
- Full-time: 12 months, Part-time: 24 months
- Programme start date
- September 2013
Be part of a diverse group of students at the cutting edge of innovative attempts to apply social psychological theory to everyday thought.
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 societal 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.
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.
English language requirements
IELTS minimum overall: 6.5
IELTS minimum by component:
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.
Fees and funding
All fees are subject to increase or review for subsequent academic years. Please note that not all visa routes permit part-time study and overseas students entering the UK on a Tier 4 visa will not be permitted to study on a part-time basis.
|Programme name||Study mode||Start date||UK/EU fees||Overseas fees|
|MSc Social Psychology||Full-time||Sept 2013||£6,400||£15,570|
|MSc Social Psychology||Part-time||Sept 2013||£3,200||£7,785|
Funding is now linked to continuation funding for a PhD – that is, successful UK and EU applicants to the South East Doctoral Training Centre will receive a studentship to cover their MSc year and then further support (subject to satisfactory progress) to enable them to undertake a PhD. For more information, see http://southeastdtc.surrey.ac.uk.
Occasionally, students receive financial support from industry through sponsorship, negotiated by individual students. This would involve students undertaking research for their dissertation which would be of interest and value to industry or commerce, in return for which they will be given a grant by the commissioning company.
You are required to complete two compulsory core-content modules and four 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 two final-year undergraduate modules that feature content relevant to social psychology (on the psychology of religion and the social psychology of globalisation).
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.
Social Change and Influence
This module provides an advanced understanding of current theories of social change and influence in social psychology.
Self and Identity in Context
This module introduces you to current advances in theories of identity and self-concept from a social psychological perspective.
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.
Qualitative Research Methods
Quantitative 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.
Critical Reflections on Social Psychological Research
This module exposes you to a range of methods, techniques and tools to enable you to make informed choices about how to conduct your own empirical research.
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.
Recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council for research training.
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
- Attitudes of UK citizens towards the enforcement of security measures, their results and their consequences: a conjoint analysis
- 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
Psychology at Surrey
The School of Psychology at the University of Surrey is one of the most active and highly regarded psychology departments/schools in the country. We specialise in applied and policy-oriented teaching and research within a strong theoretical context. The international, interdisciplinary, policy and applied strengths of the School mean that students’ theoretical and methodological research puts them at the cutting edge of the discipline.
We are one of the highest ranked departments in the country for graduates entering employment, and also one of the largest providers of postgraduate training in the UK.
The University of Surrey’s School of Psychology has been the centre for many cross-national studies and has attracted funding from research councils and local and national government departments, such as ESF, Defra, the MoD, the Home Office, the Environment Agency, the Countryside Agency, Surrey County Council and the EU.
If you choose to study psychology at the University of Surrey, you will be provided with a combination of opportunities that would be hard to match elsewhere. We offer you a degree that provides a thorough grounding in the theories, methods and practice of contemporary psychology.
Our programmes lay particular emphasis on the application of psychology to real-world problems, and also consider issues related to professional practice in preparation for your career as a professional psychologist. The basis of good postgraduate courses is the research activity of staff, the incorporation of current research programmes in teaching material and a reciprocal relationship between theory development and applied research in everyday contemporary issues. We believe in involving all postgraduate students in the research life of the School through active participation in one of the research groups, attendance at research seminars and, where possible, an attachment to ongoing research projects. As a student of the School of Psychology, you will also have access to a number of conferences, seminars and workshops hosted throughout the year.
There is no requirement for you to have read up on social psychology prior to commencing the programme. However, when compiling your application, you will be asked what relevant reading you have done and you may find it useful if you are invited for interview.
The most important journals in which social psychologists tend to publish their work are:
- Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
- Advances in Experimental Social Psychology
- Personality and Social Psychology Review
- Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
- British Journal of Social Psychology
- European Journal of Social Psychology
- Discourse and Society
- Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology