The MSc in Political Psychology is an exciting new programme exploring the relationships between political and psychological processes. It combines modules from the School of Psychology and the School of Politics and International Relations to offer a unique interdisciplinary focus on key current issues in political psychology.
*This course will be taught at the Canterbury campus*
The programme focuses on key topics including political ideologies, government perceptions, justice and inequality, beliefs in political conspiracies, and political conflict and violence. Develop your knowledge of theory and practice by studying a range of areas such as advanced intergroup relations, public opinion, and statistics and methods.
Gain an understanding of political psychology through academic, practical and research training, with a strong focus on quantitative methods.
Format and assessment
There are 5 compulsory modules and one option module.
The compulsory modules are:
- Advanced Statistics and Methodology - Political Psychology - Advanced Topics in Intergroup Relations - Comparative Political Behaviour - A supervised empirical or theoretical dissertation.
The option modules include:
• Advanced Topics in Group Processes • Current Issues in Social and Applied Psychology II: Applications • Negotiation and Mediation • States, Nations and Democracy
Assessment is mainly by coursework assignment (4-6,000-word essays), examination (for the Advanced Statistics and Methodology module only), plus the dissertation.
School of Psychology 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.
School of Politics and International Relations graduates have gone on to careers in academia, local and national government and public relations.
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.
- Shortlisted for University of the Year 2015 - Kent has been ranked fifth out of 120 UK universities in a mock Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) exercise modelled by Times Higher Education (THE). - In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Kent was ranked 17th* for research output and research intensity, in the Times Higher Education, outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities - Over 96% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2014 found a job or further study opportunity within six months. Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why/