Why choose this course
- Study the science of how we think, feel and behave in social contexts, on a curriculum designed to immerse you in theories, methods and evidence-based research within the field, while allowing you to explore the historical background of social psychology
- Access our state-of-the-art psychology facilities, including a six-room virtual reality suite and two observation laboratories, to delve into the science of how we think about ourselves and other people, and how we influence and relate to one another
- Learn from lecturers who are active researchers in individual differences, emotions, prejudice and discrimination, social communication and much more.
- Join our Social Emotions and Equality in Relations Research Group to take part in seminars and workshops, and benefit from our links with renowned research institutions across the world
- Join the 98 per cent of our psychology graduates who go on to employment or further study.*
What you will study
You’ll explore topics such as prejudice and discrimination, moral judgement and emotions. You’ll examine how individuals and groups interact to construct and maintain identities, and the links between psychology and social change, communities and relationships.
We’ll provide you with an in-depth understanding of contemporary approaches and the skills required to conduct research in the field, through cutting-edge methods and techniques. We’ll also give you an insight into qualitative and quantitative research methods, including the use of statistical software, ensuring you have a solid foundation to collect, analyse and interpret data.
You’ll complete a research dissertation that will allow you to carry out experiments and projects on important topics in the field, with previous students researching:
- Humour and attitude change: can exposure to affiliative comedy improve attitudes towards minority groups?
- Is the world neutral for non-binary people? Investigating linguistic differences in cisgender and non-binary individuals. An examination of the reasons for a disproportional gender-split of domestic responsibilities during lockdowns.
Please be aware: the course content and modules listed for this course are subject to change for the 2023/24 academic year, whilst we undertake a curriculum design review. Please contact the programme leader if you have any queries about the course.
Our facilities have undergone a £5m investment, giving you access to the latest equipment, including a six-room virtual reality suite to simulate real-life scenarios and two observation labs. You'll be able to monitor eye tracking and physiological measures such as earlobe temperature, heart rate and galvanic skin response, both in the lab and remotely, using mobile data loggers.
You’ll also have access to an extensive library of psychometric and clinical tests, 20 bookable project rooms, a breakout space, equipment lockers and a computer lab.
You’ll be taught by lecturers who are active researchers, ensuring everything you learn is up-to-date and relevant to employers. These may include:
- Dr Fabio Fasoli
- Dr Aife Hopkins-Doyle
- Dr Sophie Russell
- Dr Harriet Tenenbaum
- Dr Francesca Guizzo
- Dr Ben Gardner.
You’ll be invited to join our Social Emotions and Equality in Relations Research Group where our members conduct research for the EU, UK research councils, industry organisations, and charities. Recent projects have included:
- Humour to counteract the effects of sexual objectification
- Investigating the role of essentialism in children’s acceptance of, and attitudes toward, social exclusion
- The world needs hope: a Covid-19 longitudinal study.
You’ll participate in discussions about research topics, findings and publications, and you’ll benefit from our links with renowned research institutions across the world. We also have a host of external speakers that visit us and present their work, and a collection of seminars and workshops, allowing you to network with like-minded individuals.
Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of:
- Group work (e.g., discussion groups)
- Online learning
Outside of these, you’ll be expected to carry out independent study, including coursework, essays and reading.
Study and work abroad
There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University. Our graduates have lifetime access to Surrey Pathfinder, our online portal for appointment and events bookings, jobs, placements and interactive development tools.
We’ll provide you with valuable analytical, experimental and research skills that are in high demand in a wide range of careers. 98 per cent of our psychology postgraduate students go on to employment or further study (*Graduate Outcomes survey 2022, HESA).
Our alumni take on roles as consultants, market researchers, social researchers and support workers. They work for governments, charities, think-tanks and pressure groups, with previous graduates employed by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and the Office for National Statistics.
The broad and transferrable skills that you’ll develop are also highly relevant in other fields, including analysis, design, development and healthcare. Many of our graduates go on to complete a PhD, investigating an area of personal interest.
Learn more about psychology careers on the BPS website.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:
Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday – Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the Academic Hive. View our Code of practice for the scheduling of teaching and assessment (PDF).
Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.
A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in psychology, or a recognised international equivalent.
We may be able to take relevant work experience into consideration if you don't meet these requirements. If you have at least one year of relevant experience in a full-time graduate-level role (or a minimum of two years’ experience in a relevant graduate-level part-time role) please provide full details of your role and responsibilities in your personal statement and CV when you submit your application.
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English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 6.5 in each element.
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If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
Selection will be based upon the candidate’s application and references. Applications that do not meet the standard criteria are referred to the admissions tutor.
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If your experience exceeds the typical requirements for entry to the programme, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience. If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for specific modules through your previous learning, it may be possible to exempt you from those modules, and for you to be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
In some cases, prior knowledge and skills may allow applicants to join the start of a course without meeting the formal entry requirements.
Please see our code transfer and recognition of prior learning guide (PDF) and recognition of prior learning and prior credit web page for further information. Please email Admissions (email@example.com) with any queries.
Start date: September 2023
Full-time - 1 year
Part-time - 2 years
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2023-24 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually
- If you are on a two-year full-time MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme
- Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.
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