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MSc in Political Psychology


University of Kent School of Psychology

Full time & Part time September MSc

About the course

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*

Key benefits

At Kent we have the Political Psychology Lab, their interests include:

  • the study of psychological processes associated with political ideologies and support for socio-political systems,
  • perceptions of justice and inequality,
  • intergroup attitudes and biases (including ethnic prejudice, sexism, and speciesism),
  • beliefs in political conspiracies,
  • national attachment.

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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. However, applicants who do not meet this criterion are still welcome to apply, and their individual circumstances will be considered on a case by case basis.

Applicants with undergraduate degrees in psychology and political science are preferred and those with related social sciences or science degrees are also considered. We may require a our pro-forma from your academic referee.



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Linus Peitz

I completed my undergraduate degree in psychology, I wanted to continue in this field with a focus on political issues, and the Political Psychology MSc programme at Kent, and its emphasis on quantitative methods seemed to be the perfect match for me.

Despite the fact that the course had just been introduced last term, things worked very smoothly, which is undoubtedly the achievement of the teaching and administration staff. No questions are left unanswered and whenever I encountered a problem that could not be solved via email, there is always someone available you can speak to in person, whether it's a questions about statistical analysis, an assignment you don't understand or anything to do with future career or research plans.

The course itself offers a great mix of social- and political-science modules, and one of its core strengths is the diversity of content. All modules, be it on group-processes, public opinion, political ideology or intergroup relations, are presented from multiple angles and it is down to the student to choose the point of emphasis. This allowed me to explore topics that were totally new to me, which there were a lot of, and apply them to issues that I am personally interested in. This ultimately led me to my current research project where I explore the ideological underpinning of attitudes towards supranational institutions, a topic that I hope to continue working on for a PhD here at Kent.


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