The MSc in Social Psychology combines research methods training with in-depth study at the cutting edge of the subject area.
This programme is aimed at high calibre graduates in psychology or related disciplines who are seeking to develop the specific skills in research methodology necessary to study Social Psychology. This course delivers the ability to understand research into social behaviour, prepare research proposals, and undertake original research, analysis and synthesis in one of current psychology’s fast-moving and fundamental areas. In the process you will acquire transferable skills in oral and written communication and the management and analysis of complex data sets.
The programme is ideal for those preparing for a PhD in Social Psychology, and will benefit anyone planning a career with a significant research component.
A key strength of the programme is the opportunity to experience modern psychological research methods at first hand, and to undertake bespoke placements to acquire skills specific to your research aims. The programme builds to a substantial piece of research supervised by active researchers in the field.
The School of Psychology has enjoyed success in the Research Excellence Framework (2014); all of the research submitted was judged to be of international quality, with over 80% rated as “world leading” or “internationally excellent”. We are ranked in the Top 15 Psychology departments in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2016).
The programme is comprised of both compulsory and optional modules.
- Current Directions in Social Psychology
- Conceptualising Social Science Research
- Research Methods 1: Design and Professional Skills
- Research Methods 2: Advanced Methods and Research Placement
- Quantitative Research Methods and Statistics OR Qualitative Methods and Analysis
- Research Project
Teaching and assessment
We use a wide range of teaching methods and assessment. These include lectures, seminars, workshops, research placements, and hands-on use of state of the art research equipment. Modules are primarily assessed by coursework. Coursework includes a literature review, research proposals, and a research project.
All psychology students complete a major independent research project under expert supervision.
- Degree Subject: Psychology or relevant discipline
- Degree Classification: UK Bachelors degree - 2:1 classification or equivalent
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Last updated August 1, 2016