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MSc in Group Processes and Intergroup Relations

Course Description

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. Suitable students are encouraged to go on to register for PhD degrees.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/70/group-processes-and-intergroup-relations

About the School of Psychology

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.

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.

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 UK and the Equality and Human Rights Commission and collaborative studentships with partners such as People United.


The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.

SP801 - Statistics and Methodology (40 credits)
SP802 - Current Issues in Social and Applied Psychology Part 1 (20 credits)
SP813 - Advanced Topics in Intergroup Relations (20 credits)
SP844 - Advanced Topics in Group Processes (20 credits)
SP998 - Advanced Research Project in Psychology (60 credits)
SP852 - Developmental Psychology in Professional Practice (20 credits)
SP853 - The Psychology of Eyewitness Testimony (20 credits)
SP817 - Current Issues in Social and Applied Psychology II :Applications (20 credits)
SP842 - Advanced Developmental Social Psychology (20 credits)


Assessment is mainly by coursework assignment (4-6,000-word essays), examination (for the Advanced Statistics and Methodology module only), plus the dissertation.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- provide the opportunity for the advanced study of group and intergroup processes, with particular emphasis on the context of social psychological theory, different analytical perspectives in social psychological theory, different ways of applying social psychological theory, and the methodological advantages and disadvantages of social psychological investigation

- provide teaching that is informed by current research and scholarship and that requires you to engage with aspects of work at the frontiers of knowledge

- help you to develop research skills and transferable skills in preparation for entering academic or other careers as social psychologists

- enable you to manage your own learning and to carry out independent research

- help you to develop general critical, analytic and problem-solving skills that can be applied in a wide range of settings.


Our postgraduate students commonly go into the fields of health, teaching or further education. For instance, many of our graduates take up roles as assistant psychologists in the NHS with a view to becoming a professional clinical or forensic psychologist. Upon completing our Master’s courses, graduates have also pursued doctoral study and academic careers at higher education institutions.

The programmes we offer help you to develop general critical, analytic and problem-solving skills that can be applied in a wide range of settings.

Professional recognition

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.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the MSc in Group Processes and Intergroup Relations page on the University of Kent website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Celeste Dass

5234.jpg Why did you pursue a postgraduate course?
In Trinidad and Tobago, psychology undergraduates are always encouraged to pursue a postgraduate course to make us more marketable. We believe that psychology is a sensitive subject which requires extra training and certification before we can actively practise in the field.

Why did you choose this postgraduate course and institution?
I chose an MSc in Group Processes and Intergroup Relations because it was an area that had not been extensively researched in the Caribbean, and I was always interested in the psychology of group dynamics. I chose the University of Kent because I was referred by a friend and former student of the university who gave a glowing account. After further research, I realised that this was exactly what I wanted from a university: a campus environment; warm and welcoming staff; and a lovely international feel so I wouldn't feel too out of place.

What is the course teaching you that your first degree did not?
It taught me so much more than my previous degree - as it was a more 'hands-on' approach as opposed to being purely theoretical. It vastly developed my critical thinking skills. I was also introduced to an advanced statistical course which is helping me in my current job as a policy researcher. The course itself taught me about interacting with different groups of people - something that my previous degree didn't address. Issues affect people of different cultures in different ways, therefore, perspectives and solutions should be as diverse and as dynamic as possible.

Tell us about the course…
The MSc in Group Processes and Intergroup Relations is a wide area of study that encompasses issues such as intergroup contact, collective protest, social influence, power and leadership and conflict resolution. My thesis was based on the ideas of objectification of women in two extremely different cultural contexts: British and Caribbean women. I investigated how each group of women responded and were affected by street harassment, catcalling, personal physical safety issues and rape myth endorsement.

What areas of work could you go into as a result of your further study?
There are areas in academia and research; there is also work in non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and Community-based Organisations (CBOs) such as the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). I could also become a psychologist, counsellor, therapist, child development specialist, Childrens Services Associate; or any job related to the Children's Authority of Trinidad and Tobago or mental health services.


School of Psychology Taught Master’s Scholarships 2017 - 7 Awards

Value and availability- Receive a £1,000 discount on tuition fees
- Up to seven awards are available for entry in 2017Scholarships are allocated to applicants who meet the general award criteria outlined below on a competitive basis, applications will be ranked by a selection panel.*General award criteriaTo be eligible for a Scholarship all of the following criteria must be met:- The applicant must have achieved an excellent result in their Psychology undergraduate degree. See table below for minimum requirements from various countries. This list is not exhaustive, qualifications from other countries will be considered on an individual basisCountry Minimum grade required for Scholarship (assuming qualification is deemed comparable to UK Bachelor Honours degree)
China 85% overall average
India First class with distinction
Malaysia Class 1/I OR CGPA of 3.5 out of 4.0
Turkey CGPA of 3.5 out of 4.0
USA CGPA of 3.5 out of 4.0
UK First class honours- and the applicant must become a full-time registered student of one of these courses in September 2017:
MSc in Cognitive Psychology/Neuropsychology
MSc in Developmental Psychology
MSc in Forensic Psychology
MSc in Group Processes and Intergroup Relations
MSc in Organisational Psychology
MSc in Political Psychology
MSc in Research Methods in Psychology
MSc in Social and Applied Psychology- and the student must demonstrate a commitment to PhD study at the University of Kent.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000 fee reduction


The School of Psychology offers scholarships of £1,000 to applicants of any tuition fee paying status registering on one of our taught MSc programmes in September 2017: https://www.kent.ac.uk/psychology/msc/index.html.

Application Procedure

Please email [email protected] before 31 July 2017 with a cover letter and CV.Your request will be considered when you have received and accepted an offer of a place on one of the aforementioned MSc programmes, and have satisfied any conditions which the offer is subject to.Note that an offer of a place on an MSc programme does not constitute an offer of funding.*The School of Psychology reserves the right not to allocate the awards if the selection panel identifies no suitable candidates. The Academic Excellence Scholarship is subject to full terms and conditions which will be provided to successful candidates at the point of award.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A final degree classification (grade average) of at least a 2.1 or Merit in the UK system (the second highest classification after First/Distinction). Results from institutions in other countries will be assessed individually according to this standard. Applicants with undergraduate degrees in psychology are preferred and those with related social sciences or science degrees are considered on a case by case basis. If the undergraduate degree is in a different subject, or if it is not accredited by the British Psychological Society, please ask your academic referee to complete the relevant Pro-forma for (View Website) and email it to .

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