Our MSc Social Psychology programme looks at a range of topical social issues through the lens of social psychological theories. It is concerned with the scientific study of how we think about ourselves and other people, and how we influence and relate to one another.
As an MSc Social Psychology student you will learn theories, methods, and empirical findings in the field of social psychology, which are relevant to current social issues. These include: prejudice and discrimination; the relationship between moral judgement and emotions; the study of how individuals and groups interact to construct and maintain identities; and how these are related to social change and influence in contexts such as family systems and romantic dyads.
The programme aims to provide you with an awareness of the historical and philosophical background of social psychology, an in-depth knowledge of contemporary theoretical and methodological approaches and research findings, and the ability to conduct quantitative and qualitative research in the field.
|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.
The social psychologists at the University of Surrey have an international reputation in research and teaching. They have undertaken research for the EU, UK research councils, government departments and agencies, industry and commerce, and the charitable sector. They have attracted a large number of research projects to the School of Psychology, including:
Students on the MSc in Social Psychology are encouraged to participate in the School of Psychology’s ongoing activities by taking part in bi-weekly meetings of the Social Emotions and Equality in Relations (SEER) research group.
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:
See a full list of all our academic staff within the School of Psychology.