MSc Media Psychology

University of Salford

Program Description

MSc Media Psychology

University of Salford

In Brief:

  • Develop a unique professional profile, applying psychology to understand, develop and predict people's interaction with media
  • This is the only dedicated postgraduate course in the UK focussing on the relationships between media and psychology from both academic and professional perspectives
  • Based at MediaCityUK - the heart of the region's creative and digital industry
  • Part-time study option
  • Based at MediaCityUK
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Learn how psychology can be used to understand the interaction of audiences with media.

During your time with us, you will explore the psychological effects of media, how media use can be researched and evaluated, and how to communicate with different audiences across different media.

Join a unique learning environment, where you will interact with a multi-disciplinary team of experts in psychology, media, and human interactions.

If you want to pursue a career in the communications professions or media research, this course will provide you with a unique set of relevant skills.

Course Details

This course will allow you to study the effects of media on the individual and society, and how psychology can be applied to enhance media design and understand media consumption. In doing so you will also discuss issues of ethics, accessibility, understanding diverse audiences, positive uses of media and professional applications.

The full course runs full-time over one year or two years part-time, giving you the chance to exit with the following awards:

Full-Time

  • Postgraduate Certificate: two modules over four months
  • Postgraduate Diploma: four modules over eight months
  • MSc: four modules plus a dissertation over one year

Part-Time

  • Postgraduate Certificate: two modules over nine months
  • Postgraduate Diploma: four modules over two years
  • MSc: four modules plus a dissertation over three years

Semester 1

  • Issues in Media Psychology (30 credits)
  • Media Psychology Research Methods (30 credits)

Semester 2

  • Psychology of Media Communication (30 credits)
  • The Psychology of Digital Experiences (30 credits)

Semester 3

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Entry Requirements

Normally an upper-second-class honors degree in psychology, media studies or social sciences.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International students must also provide evidence of proficiency in English - IELTS 6 band score (with no component below 6.0)

Suitable for

Psychology, media studies or social science graduates and those working within media or communications who wish to understand the application of psychology to their industry.

Applicant Profile

The course is multi-disciplinary, combining psychological theory with social sciences, media and communication studies. We welcome students from these disciplines who have an interest in understanding the application of psychology to media provision and consumption. We also invite applications from those who have experience of psychology and research methods through work or study who will be considered in line with our Accreditation of Prior Learning procedure.

Fees 2018-19

  • Full-time: £7,560
  • Part-time: £1,260 per 30 credit module
  • Full-time International: £13,860

Additional Costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Teaching

This course will be delivered through a mixture of formal lectures, problem-based learning, workshops, debates, online learning resources, Wikis, Skype, group work, discussion activities, and presentations.

Assessment

The assessment takes a number of forms including:

  • Essay (16.9%)
  • Research Proposal (16.6%)
  • Presentation (8.3%)
  • Written Project (8.3%)
  • Industry-Style Report (16.6%)
  • Dissertation (33.3%)

Employability

This master's has been designed to meet the growing need for graduates with an advanced knowledge and skill set to understand the relationship between psychology and the media.

With this qualification, you could pursue a career in psychological consulting within media industries, social media management, user testing, advertising, public relations, marketing, media analysis, media research and development, and academia.

Links with Industry

This course will involve a number of guest speakers from media industries and you will benefit from the close proximity to major media organizations at MediaCityUK.

Further Study

A master's level qualification is essential for psychology graduates to progress their psychology career. Psychology graduates who have a master's degree in media psychology will be well placed to compete for a place on doctoral level research, clinical, health or forensic psychology, all of which have communication at their core.

Facilities

Media Psychology will be delivered at MediaCityUK so you will be right at the heart of the Northern creative industry. Based at Salford Quays, you will have access to some of the best facilities in the world for digital and media research.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated April 11, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
Duration
Duration
1 - 3 years
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Price
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13,860 GBP
£13,860 International / £7,560 UK
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United Kingdom - Manchester, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
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