The School of Psychology at the University of Surrey was the first in the world to establish an MSc in Environmental Psychology in 1973. This course is still one of just a few such postgraduate programmes worldwide, and the only one in the UK. We have a reputation for developing professional and innovative programmes that reflect contemporary societal concerns and employment opportunities.
We’re one of the most active and highly regarded psychology departments in the UK, and specialise in applied and policy-oriented teaching and research within a strong theoretical context.
We’re the largest provider of postgraduate psychology training in the UK, and one of the highest ranked schools in the country for graduate employability. We’ve also been the centre for many cross-national studies, and attract funding from major research councils and local and national government departments.
Our MSc Environmental Psychology course will give you a thorough grounding in the theories, methods and practice of environmental psychology. You’ll develop the skills and confidence you need to take on environmental psychology research in a professional setting. This course emphasises the application of psychology to real-world problems, and also considers issues related to professional practice in preparation for your career as a professional psychologist.
Environmental psychology is a multidisciplinary research activity. We’re driven by psychological theories and methodologies, but draw on other social sciences, as well as the disciplines of environment and design. We investigate environment behaviour relationships at every scale, from personal space and office design, through to neighbourhood renewal, to the public understanding of global climate change. We have long-established links with national and international academic institutions, and you’ll be able to take advantage of these links in your research.
When you join us you’ll become part of our Environmental Psychology Research Group (EPRG), which has an international reputation for fundamental and applied research built over 30 years.
You’ll become involved in the research life of our School through active participation in our research groups, attending research seminars and, where possible, being attached to one of our ongoing research projects. As a student of the School of Psychology, you’ll also be able to attend a number of conferences, seminars and workshops hosted throughout the year.
|Qualification||Study mode||Course length||Start date|
|MSc||Full-time||12 months||Oct 2018|
|MSc||Part-time||24 months||Oct 2018|
There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.
If you make a successful application to the Economic and Social Research Council, you’ll be eligible for a grant for your MSc year and then further support (subject to satisfactory progress) to enable you to study for a PhD.
We sometimes have students who receive financial support from industry through sponsorship. This would involve you taking on a piece of research for your dissertation which would be of interest and value to industry, in return for which you’d receive a grant by the commissioning company. In the past, this sponsorship has ranged from £500 to £6,000. This is mutually beneficial to both the student and sponsor, and allows you to perform a ‘real’ piece of research that has practical or policy implications, while receiving money to assist with your fees and subsistence costs.
Our graduates have progressed into careers in central and local government, taking on policy-oriented research on a variety of environment behaviour issues. Many of our graduates have become practice consultants, using their environment behaviour research skills.
This could be a specialist environment behaviour practice or an architecture, planning, design or engineering practice where graduates with a sensitivity to people-environment issues and a training in environment behaviour research can provide an important and unique set of skills and expertise.
Our graduates who have a background in architecture, landscape architecture, planning or design often return to their profession, but with an enhanced range of skills.