University of Kent, School of Psychology

Introduction

Ten reasons to choose Psychology at Kent

1. Student satisfaction

  • For overall student satisfaction, Kent was 14th in the UK for Psychology in the 2014 Guardian University Guide
  • In the National Student Survey 2014, Kent achieved 88% for overall student satisfaction in Psychology
  • The University of Kent was ranked joint 3rd in the UK for overall student satisfaction in the 2014 Guardian University Guide

2. Good career prospects

  • In the 2015 Complete University Guide, Psychology at Kent was ranked 4th under the graduate prospects heading
  • 5th in the UK for Psychology graduating students' career 6 months after graduation in the 2015 Guardian University Guide
  • 93% of Psychology students found employment or went on to further study within 6 months of graduating in 2013
  • 92% of Kent Psychology students graduated with a 1st or 2:1 in 2013
  • Work Experience Scheme that allows local organisations and student volunteers to collaborate on a project
  • Employability page to find out what a degree in Psychology can do for you

3. Teaching quality

  • Rated 8/10 on value added in the 2015 Guardian University Guide
  • 100% of our academic teaching staff are classified as research active, and final year option modules are based on their areas of expertise

4. Research strengths

  • Ranked within the top 20 UK Psychology departments for 4* (world leading research) following the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise
  • Leading centre of excellence for Social Psychology, with complementary strengths in Cognition and Neuroscience, and Forensic Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology is a fourth topic that cuts across all these research groupings
  • Top third for RAE rating in Psychology in 2014 Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide

5. Choice of programmes

  • A range of undergraduate programmes including social, applied and clinical psychology and joint honours programmes, so that you can tailor your studies to your interests
  • At postgraduate level we offer seven coursework Masters degrees and supervision for full-time or part-time research degrees (MSc, MPhil, PhD) in all our areas of expertise

6. Professional recognition

  • Over 20 years' continuous accreditation by the British Psychological Society
  • All of our undergraduate programmes are accredited by the BPS. This includes the joint honours degrees
  • The MSc in Forensic Psychology course is accredited by the BPS as providing the first (academic) year of professional training for those who wish to qualify as Chartered Forensic Psychologists
  • At the most recent reaccreditation of our undergraduate programmes, in February 2013, we received an outstanding four commendations, for:
    • our success in creating an engaging environment where students are stakeholders in a research-led school
    • the way our strategic planning captures the needs of students and supports the development of the provision in a bottom-up process
    • the range of undergraduate programmes we offer, all of which offer a strong ethos of developing students' employability
    • our cutting edge dedicated resources for students' practical work

7. Extensive state-of-the art laboratories

  • A modern building equipped with a variety of technical facilities, including eye-trackers, EEG labs, brain stimulation labs, physiology labs, child-friendly testing space, virtual reality, and an observation suite
  • Moreover, our students have access to all this equipment through supervised research projects and the Research Experience Scheme

8. Excellent arts, sports and social life

  • Active student union events
  • Wide range of clubs and societies
  • On-campus cinema, theatre and night-club
  • Outstanding sports facilities and inclusive 'sport-for-all' policy
  • Flourishing music programme, live music venue, and dedicated concert hall

9. Outstanding campus and location

  • Situated on an attractive, self-contained campus on 300 acres of parkland overlooking the city of Canterbury
  • One hour by train to London
  • Excellent transport links to mainland Europe

10. Good league table performance

  • 3rd for Psychology Graduate Prospects in the 2014 Guardian University Guide
  • Joint 9th for Value Added in Psychology in the 2015 Guardian University Guide
  • 13th in the UK for Psychology in the 2015 Complete University Guide
  • 14th in the UK for Psychology in the 2015 Guardian University Guide
  • 15th in the UK for Psychology in the 2013 Times Good University Guide
  • 11th in the UK for Psychology Student: Staff Ratio in 2015 Guardian University Guide
  • Top third in the UK for Psychology Entry Standards in the 2014 Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide
  • One of the top 100 universities in the world for Psychology in the 2013 QS World University Rankings by Subject
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MSc

MSc, PhD, NRPhD - Social Psychology

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 6 years August 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

Kent's School of Psychology supports research in a number of areas. During your research, you are supported by a panel including a main and secondary supervisor. [+]

MSc, PhD, NRPhD - Social Psychology Kent's School of Psychology supports research in a number of areas, including: social psychology; developmental psychology; forensic psychology; cognitive psychology; existential psychology; personality and motivation. During your research, you are supported by a panel including a main and secondary supervisor. Your supervisors are individually selected for you based on their compatibility with your research interests. Typically, you meet with your supervisors more frequently at the initial stages of research than during the phases of data collection and analysis. You receive training in research-specific and broader ‘transferable’ skills, including academic writing, career management and presentation skills. You also have the opportunity to train for an advanced teaching qualification (ATAP). The Advanced Statistics and Methodology module from our taught MSc programme is available for doctoral students that have not already completed an advanced statistics and methods course. During term-time, our research groups hold weekly meetings to discuss ongoing work, and weekly seminars also take place featuring external speakers. Numerous data analysis and research methods workshops are available (recent examples include structural equation modelling; hierarchical linear modelling; meta-analysis; EPrime experimental software), as well as individual training opportunities. The New Route PhD (NRPhD) is a special option for students who wish to commit to a programme combining taught and research elements. NRPhD is a four-year doctorate degree that includes taught MSc coursework over the first two years of study. Psychology at Kent offers a supportive, dynamic and diverse environment for creative research and learning. We conduct both basic and applied research in several areas, and we are highly regarded as a leading European centre for postgraduate research. We have a long-established international reputation in social psychology, and this is complemented by our strengths in cognitive, developmental and forensic psychology. The School attracts excellent visiting scholars and postgraduate students from both within the UK and overseas. PhD funding Some of our PhD students are self-funded, and others are funded by grants or awards either from the School, UK or their countries of origin. You may also fund your studies through part-time teaching within the School. All our taught Master’s (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. Fees As a guide only, the 2014/15 annual tuition fees for this programme are: Social Psychology - PhD at Canterbury: Full-time: £3996 UK/EU; £12450 Overseas Part-time: £1998 UK/EU; £6240 Overseas Social Psychology - MSc at Canterbury: Full-time: £3996 UK/EU; £12450 Overseas Part-time: £1998 UK/EU; £6240 Overseas Exceptions may apply. Key facts School: School of Psychology Subject area: Psychology Award: MSc, PhD, NRPhD Course type: Research Location: Canterbury Mode of study: Full-time or part-time Attendance mode: Campus Duration: MSc one year full-time, two years part-time; PhD three to four years full-time, five to six years part-time; NRPhD four years full-time Start: September [-]

MSc Cognitive Psychology / Neuropsychology

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

Cognitive psychological, neuropsychological, neurobiological and computer science approaches can be combined in order to understand how the human mind/brain solves a variety of complex problems. [+]

MSc Cognitive Psychology / Neuropsychology Cognitive psychology and neuropsychology bring together a range of different theoretical frameworks. Cognitive psychological, neuropsychological, neurobiological and computer science approaches can be combined in order to understand how the human mind/brain solves a variety of complex problems, such as recognising objects, remembering previous experiences, reading, speaking and reasoning. All of our taught Master’s (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. Conducting both basic and applied research in several areas, Psychology at Kent is highly regarded as a leading European centre for postgraduate research. Our long-established international reputation in social psychology is complemented by our strengths in cognitive, developmental and forensic psychology. We attract excellent visiting scholars and postgraduate students from both within the UK and overseas. Fees As a guide only, the 2014/15 annual tuition fees for this programme are: Cognitive Psychology/Neuropsychology - MSc at Canterbury: Full-time: £5100 UK/EU; £12450 Overseas Part-time: £2550 UK/EU; £6240 Overseas Exceptions may apply. Key facts Subject area: Psychology Award: MSc Course type: Taught Location: Canterbury Mode of study: Full-time or part-time Attendance mode: Campus Duration: One year full-time, two years part-time Start: September Total Kent credits: 180 Total ECTS credits: 90 [-]

MSc Developmental Psychology

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

Developmental psychology is concerned with understanding the psychological processes that underlie an individual's social, emotional and cognitive development throughout their life. [+]

MSc Developmental Psychology To understand any psychological phenomenon fully it is necessary to understand how it develops. Developmental psychology is concerned with understanding the psychological processes that underlie an individual's social, emotional and cognitive development throughout their life. Studying for an MSc in Developmental Psychology, you focus on questions such as: What psychological changes occur during infancy, childhood and adolescence? What psychological processes drive the development of children? Why are children different from adults? What can psychologists do to promote healthy development? The programme draws on the strengths of developmental psychologists working in the Child Development Unit (CDU). CDU brings together academic staff and other researchers interested in developmental psychology amongst children, with a focus on language development, representational ability and early social-cognitive understanding of others, singing, autism spectrum disorders and specific language development impairment, and infant face processing. Some of this research is carried out in nurseries and primary schools. Likewise, some of Kent's social psychologists conduct projects in secondary schools on the development of prejudice and social exclusion. As a student within the School of Psychology at Kent, you benefit from our supportive, dynamic and diverse environment for creative research and learning. Fees As a guide only, the 2014/15 annual tuition fees for this programme are: Developmental Psychology - MSc at Canterbury: Full-time: £5100 UK/EU; £12450 Overseas Part-time: £2550 UK/EU; £6240 Overseas Exceptions may apply. Key facts Subject area: Psychology Award: MSc Course type: Taught Location: Canterbury Mode of study: Full-time or part-time Attendance mode: Campus Duration: One year full-time, two years part-time Start: September Total Kent credits: 180 Total ECTS credits: 90 [-]

MSc Forensic Psychology

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

The MSc in Forensic Psychology is accredited by The British Psychological Society as providing the first year of professional training for those who wish to qualify as Chartered Forensic Psychologists. [+]

MSc Forensic Psychology The MSc in Forensic Psychology at Kent is accredited by The British Psychological Society as providing the first (academic) year of professional training for those who wish to qualify as Chartered Forensic Psychologists. The programme was introduced in October 1995, and The School of Psychology has a long tradition of research in the area of criminal justice and legal psychology. Currently, several members of the School are actively involved in research and consultancy, and several PhD students are currently conducting research under their supervision. Undergraduate students in the School have for the past 15 years or so carried out projects in local prisons, Young Offender Institutions, Regional Secure Units (RSUs), Special Hospitals and police constabularies. Relations with practising forensic psychologists in the area are very good, largely as a consequence of the collaborative work our contacts have engendered. Psychology at Kent offers a supportive, dynamic and diverse environment for creative research and learning. All of our taught Master’s (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. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from suitably qualified graduates who have direct experience of the application of psychological principles in custodial or other forensic settings. As a significant element of the programme involves training in advanced methodological and statistical techniques, we are unable to consider applications from candidates who do not qualify for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS - Graduate Membership of the BPS is insufficient. Fees As a guide only, the 2014/15 annual tuition fees for this programme are: Forensic Psychology - MSc at Canterbury: Full-time: £6695 UK/EU; £12450 Overseas Part-time: £3360 UK/EU; £6240 Overseas Exceptions may apply. Key facts Subject area: Psychology Award: MSc Course type: Taught Location: Canterbury Mode of study: Full-time or part-time Attendance mode: Campus Duration: One year full-time, two years part-time Start: September Accredited by: British Psychological Society Total Kent credits: 180 Total ECTS credits: 90 [-]

MSc Group Processes and Intergroup Relations

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

The MSc in Group Processes and Intergroup Relations is a specialist version of our existing MSc in Social and Applied Psychology. [+]

MSc Group Processes and Intergroup Relations The MSc in Group Processes and Intergroup Relations is a specialist version of our existing MSc in Social and Applied Psychology that focuses on social psychological theory and research in intergroup and group behaviour. Group processes and intergroup relations have become an increasingly central part of the discipline of social psychology, addressing issues of prejudice, discrimination, conflict reduction, persuasion and social influence, power, group decision making and ethnic loyalty. This programme explores major and current research covering issues such as intergroup contact, social and cognitive processes underlying prejudice, discrimination, collective protest, group decision-making, leadership and group performance. It is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council as the basis for PhD research and suitable students are encouraged to go on to register for PhD degrees. Psychology at Kent offers a supportive, dynamic and diverse environment for creative research and learning. We are highly regarded as a leading European centre for postgraduate research. Our long-established international reputation in social psychology is complemented by our strengths in cognitive, developmental and forensic psychology. The School attracts excellent visiting scholars and postgraduate students from both within the UK and overseas. Some of our PhD students are self-funded, and others are funded by grants or awards either from the School, UK or their countries of origin. Some are also paid for doing part-time teaching within the School. 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. Fees As a guide only, the 2014/15 annual tuition fees for this programme are: Group Processes & Intergroup Relations - MSc at Canterbury: Full-time: £5100 UK/EU; £12450 Overseas Part-time: £2550 UK/EU; £6240 Overseas Exceptions may apply. Key facts Subject area: Psychology Award: MSc Course type: Taught Location: Canterbury Mode of study: Full-time or part-time Attendance mode: Campus Duration: One year full-time, two years part-time Start: September Total Kent credits: 180 Total ECTS credits: 90 [-]

MSc Organisational Psychology

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

An exciting new venture sees the launch of this new MSc programme bringing together aspects of psychological research into applied, social, and organisational psychology modules. [+]

MSc Organisational Psychology An exciting new venture sees the launch of this new MSc programme bringing together aspects of psychological research into applied, social, and organisational psychology modules from Kent's School of Psychology together with modules on organisational behaviour and people management from Kent Business School. As a student within the School of Psychology at Kent, you benefit from our supportive, dynamic and diverse environment for creative research and learning. All of our taught Master’s (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. Course structure The programme includes lecture and seminar-based teaching, visiting lecturers/speakers, company visits, as well as a research apprenticeship. You study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. Core modules include: Organisational Psychology: Methods and Statistics; Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Creativity; Social and Applied Psychology II; Psychology of Selection and Assessment; and a Research Apprenticeship (Dissertation). You also select modules from a choice of the following: Groups and Teams in Organisations; Extended Literature Review: Applying psychology to an organisational issue; Leadership and Management; Learning and Development; Managing Diversity and Equal Opportunities; Employment Relations; and Employee Resourcing. Please note that the information provided is subject to change. Assessment Assessment methods will include essays, seminar contributions, examinations, presentations, and the dissertation. Fees As a guide only, the 2014/15 annual tuition fees for this programme are: Organisational Psychology - MSc at Canterbury: Full-time: TBC Part-time: TBC Exceptions may apply. Key facts Subject areas: Psychology, Business Award: MSc Course type: Taught Location: Canterbury Mode of study: Full-time or part-time Attendance mode: Campus Duration: One year full-time, two years part-time Start: September 2015 Total Kent credits: 180 Total ECTS credits: 90 [-]

MSc Research Methods in Psychology

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

The Research Methods in Psychology MSc offers advanced and broad-based training in the major methods and statistical techniques in use in psychology, together with a wide range of optional modules. [+]

MSc Research Methods in Psychology The Research Methods in Psychology MSc offers advanced and broad-based training in the major methods and statistical techniques in use in psychology, together with a wide range of optional modules to allow you to tailor your studies to suit your own particular interests. As a student within the School of Psychology at Kent, you benefit from our supportive, dynamic and diverse environment for creative research and learning. All of our taught Master’s (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. Some of our PhD students are self-funded, and others are funded by grants or awards either from the School, UK or their countries of origin. Some are also paid to undertake part-time teaching within the School. We have 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. Fees As a guide only, the 2014/15 annual tuition fees for this programme are: Research Methods in Psychology - MSc at Canterbury: Full-time: £5100 UK/EU; £12450 Overseas Part-time: £2550 UK/EU; £6240 Overseas Exceptions may apply. Key facts Subject area: Psychology Award: MSc Course type: Taught Location: Canterbury Mode of study: Full-time or part-time Attendance mode: Campus Duration: One year full-time, two years part-time Start: September Total Kent credits: 180 Total ECTS credits: 90 [-]

MSc Social and Applied Psychology

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

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. [+]

MSc Social and Applied Psychology 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 School’s 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, children’s 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 Master’s (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. Fees As a guide only, the 2014/15 annual tuition fees for this programme are: Social & Applied Psychology - MSc at Canterbury: Full-time: £5100 UK/EU; £12450 Overseas Part-time: £2550 UK/EU; £6240 Overseas Exceptions may apply. Key facts Subject area: Psychology Award: MSc Course type: Taught Location: Canterbury Mode of study: Full-time or part-time Attendance mode: Campus Duration: One year full-time, two years part-time Start: September Total Kent credits: 180 Total ECTS credits: 90 [-]

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