MSc Social and Cultural Psychology explores the ways in which culture and society shape how people think, behave and relate to each other.
We draw on theories, concepts and methods of social and cultural psychology to understand how societies think, how communities develop a sense of identity and how they represent controversial and important issues affecting local and global public spheres.
The MSc aims to give you a grounded understanding of theoretical and applied issues as well as a sophisticated training in a broad range of research methods. It will advance your knowledge and professional competence in the area of social and cultural psychology, and enhance your independent thinking and analytical skills.
The programme is unique in its combination of social and cultural approaches to psychology and is one of the world's leading programmes in this field. It offers an extensive choice of specialist courses, addressing a variety of theoretical and applied issues in social and cultural psychology and in the social sciences as a whole.
This programme is intended to equip you for a career in business organisations, communities, health, the media, development and international agencies, government or in research.
The Master's Degree Program in General Psychology is a 30-credit online program that will prepare students to develop foundational knowledge in psychological theory and research. Local, national, and international students may select this M.S. degree as an opportunity to obtain prerequisite courses to meet eligibility requirements for application to other psychology programs, including advanced doctoral studies. Through its speciality tracks, the program will also allow a variety of professionals within the fields of education, human services, counselling, and allied health to access coursework both as degree-seeking and non-degree seeking students in order to advance their psychological knowledge and use of psychological applications in their respective fields. In addition to the direct benefit of obtaining foundational knowledge in psychology, the curriculum is designed to facilitate the development of basic interpersonal skills, cultural sensitivity, and additional knowledge and skills that enhance the preparation of students for professional work in increasingly diverse social agencies, school and community settings, in business and industry environments, and in hospitals.
Graduate students who earn this degree will not have met the educational requirements for certification or licensure in the state of Florida and should not expect to provide psychological services as an independent practitioner.
The master's program is offered entirely online. The online format allows for students to participate in courses from anywhere in the world where internet access is available. In addition, it allows for the flexibility of completing your master's degree without interrupting your career.
Master's students are provided NSU computer accounts including email and Blackboard, but must obtain their own Internet service providers, use their own computer systems and have a usable web camera. Online students use the web to access course materials, announcements, email, distance library services, subscription library databases, and other information, and for interaction with faculty and fellow students. Online, interactive learning methods are based on the use of Blackboard as a course management system. Online activities facilitate frequent student-to-faculty and student-to-student interaction. They are supported by threaded discussion boards, white boards, chat rooms, email, and multimedia presentations. In addition, Blackboard enables students to submit assignments online in multimedia formats and to receive their professors' reviews of assignments online in the same formats.
The curriculum for the program consists of 30 credits in total: 21 credits of foundational courses and 9 credits from one of three specialty tracks. Students in the General Track can choose to write a Master's thesis (6 credits) instead of two of the courses in the track. Students who indicate that their career objective is to apply to a doctoral program will be advised to complete a Master's thesis. Students who choose to write a Master's thesis under the supervision of a faculty must successfully complete their research and writing associated with the thesis. Students may also come to campus to meet with their faculty advisor.
Core Courses (3 credits each)
General Psychology Track (3 Credits Each - 9 Credits Total)
Applied Health Science Track (3 Credits Each - 9 Credits Total)
Diversity Studies Track (3 Credits Each – 9 Credits Total)
A student must complete all course work required for the degree with a minimum grade point average of a 3.0 and successfully complete a thesis (if required) and the comprehensive examination. The Master of Science in General Psychology program requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit. A student is expected to complete the program and graduate within five years from the date of first enrollment.
Students of the research master will obtain:
In addition to individual and group-based coursework, students become immersed in ongoing multidisciplinary research at the faculty.
Acknowledging the increasing importance of international research experience in scientific and career development, students may complete their internship at one of the research groups of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at KU Leuven, or they can complete part or all of their internship outside Leuven. Internship coordinators and faculty members help students locate and arrange internships at international research groups around the world.
Our students have conducted their internships at top universities and institutes worldwide, including:
The primary purpose of the Master of Psychology: Theory and Research is to prepare students to pursue a PhD project. Many of our graduates go on to pursue academic careers at top universities. The programme also provides a solid background for international careers in a variety of other settings, which may include:
This Masters will examine when and why humans develop social relations with other individuals or social groups, and the psychological consequences of these social relations.
The programme offers a social-developmental psychology training that will advance the careers of anyone who's interested in the people professions – diverse careers related to education, work, health, government and non-profit organisations.
Humans have a fundamental ‘need to belong’ and form relationships. Positive relationships lead to higher well-being, personal development and well-functioning societies, whereas a lack or dysfunctional relationships lead to poor psychological well-being, unhealthy development and conflict or violence within society.
The programme will teach you about the different psychological approaches to studying social relations in children, adolescents and adults, drawing from different areas of study within psychology (eg social and personality psychology, developmental psychology, educational psychology, clinical psychology, social neuroscience).
These approaches are relevant to anyone interested in understanding social relations between individuals (ie families and friendships) and social groups within a variety of settings (eg schools, the workplace, social movements). The programme will also introduce different strategies aimed at improving social relations between individuals and groups (eg intergroup contact, bullying interventions, mentoring schemes).
The programme will offer ESRC recognised research methods training, which will be useful for students wishing to pursue doctoral training or work in careers where such skills will be appreciated by employers in private and public sectors.
Given the importance of social relationships for motivation and well-being and given societal issues that arise out of social and racial inequalities and conflicting cultural values, this programme will offer useful insights for diverse careers related to counselling, education, businesses, and government/non-profit organizations. Moreover, you will benefit from conducting research in cosmopolitan London, where diverse socio-cultural groups co-exist in relative harmony.
The programme is made up of a total of 180 credits, comprised of:
The following modules are all required:
Core optional modules
You select two of the following core optional modules which focus on child relationships, adult close relationships, or group relations:
For the 2017-2018 academic year, The Interpersonal Self will not be offered, so you will need to take both Social Moral Development and Social Psychology of Social Problems.
Three other optional modules may be selected from a range offered in the Department of Psychology, including the remaining core optional module listed above. Other possible modules include:
The following options are also available to students in this MSc programme from the Institute of Management Studies (IMS). There is a possibility that some of these modules are not available as they may be offered at the same time as one of the Psychology modules above.
The programme will:
As a graduate of this programme you'll be able to use your knowledge of social relations in the workplace. This will help you advance your career in a wide variety of settings (including clinical, health, educational and work organisations) that involve human relationships, at both the individual and group level.
With the help of the tutors, you'll also be encouraged to work with one or more of the many organisations (private, public, or third sector) available in greater London for your independent research project, which will help you establish a professional network.
Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.
The MSc Psychology Conversion offers a fast route for graduates wishing to gain eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS), which is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
As a course accredited by the BPS, the MSc Psychology Conversion delivers all of the core content required to allow successful graduates to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
The Masters level course has a strong focus on developing and enhancing your critical thinking and providing all the skills and knowledge required to plan, implement and report psychological research.
You will be taught by active research staff within the School of Human and Social Sciences, providing opportunities for you to complete your dissertation projects on a number of topics and through a range of methodologies, allowing you to specialise in your chosen area of interest.
The teaching staff will offer small group tutorials providing instruction and support for a range of academic skills (such as the specific referencing and writing style required) as well as in personal development in time management and project planning.
This course provides all the skills and knowledge required for successful graduates to gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society.
Graduates typically progress to specialist training, or to complete their PhDs in their chosen field.
Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course.
Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here.
Our MSc in Health Psychology is designed for students interested in a career in health psychology and has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Health psychologists are interested in the psychological processes underlying health, illness and healthcare. They seek to develop interventions that enable people to maintain good health, as well as improve outcomes for people with health conditions and improve the experience of undergoing diagnostic and healthcare processes.
On successful completion of a BPS-accredited MSc in Health Psychology, students who hold BPS Graduate Basis for Chartership can continue to Stage 2 training to become Chartered Psychologistswith the BPS and to become registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as Registered Health Psychologists.
You will learn from staff at the Manchester Centre for Health Psychology , covering topics such as:
You will learn through face-to-face interactive sessions consisting of some lecture material with discussions and group work, as well as audio-visual stimuli.
All course units are supported by the use of Blackboard (a virtual learning environment) through which you can access lecture slides, reading lists and other accompanying material.
Each course unit on Blackboard also has its own discussion board, where you can post questions and interact with staff and other students on the course.
A significant amount of teaching and learning will take place through the dissertation unit (60 credits), where you will be expected to take a lead role in developing a research project with regular support, input, and mentorship from their project supervisor.
We use a wide range of methods to assess your progress on the course, including:
You will also be required to prepare a CV and application for a job or further training, providing you with the opportunity to gain feedback on the way you present yourself to maximise employability or progression to further training at the end of the course.
Full-time students will take four 15-credit taught units in each of Semester 1 and Semester 2. Two of these units will be taught on Mondays, the other two on Thursdays. Part-time students will take two taught units each year of their studying (such that they will be expected to attend classes on one day of the week each year).
In addition, all students will be allocated a supervisor for the dissertation (60 credits), a unit that runs for the full year (students are also expected to work on the dissertation over the summer). The dissertation consists of an independent piece of research.
Note: we are aware that you may have other commitments outside of the MSc (eg employment) and we fit teaching into two days of the week to help you to manage multiple commitments. However, this is an intensive, demanding course, so you need to make sure that you are able to fit in full-time (or part-time) studying hours around external commitments.
This course is taught in parallel with the MSc in Clinical and Health Psychology and students on both courses take the same units for the first semester. Students enrolled on the MSc Health Psychology may transfer to MSc Clinical and Health Psychology at the end of Semester 1 should they wish to do so.
You will be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service
Health psychologists work in a range of settings including academia, health authorities and the NHS. Find out more about health psychology careers on the BPS website .
Our MSc also provides a strong grounding in health psychology and research skills, producing students who are strong candidates for roles or training in research (eg PhD study). Find out more about research careers in psychology on the BPS website .
This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), which has commended various aspects of the course. Its comments include: