MSc, PhD, NRPhD - Social Psychology

University of Kent, School of Psychology

Program Description

MSc, PhD, NRPhD - Social Psychology

University of Kent, School of Psychology

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.


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
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This course is Campus based
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Aug. 2017
1 - 6 years
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Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom Canterbury, England
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