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MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Media Psychology

Course Description

Learn how psychology can be used to understand the interaction of audiences with media. During your time with us, you will explore the psychological effects of media, how media use can be researched and evaluated, and how to communicate with different audiences across different mediums. Join a unique learning environment, where you will interact with a multi-disciplinary team of experts in psychology, media and human-computer interaction. If you want to pursue a career in the communications professions or media research, this course will provide you with a unique set of relevant skills.

Key benefits:

• This is the only dedicated postgraduate programme in the UK focussing on Media Psychology
• Based at MediaCityUK – the heart of the region’s creative and digital industry
• Develop a unique professional profile, applying psychology to understand, develop and predict people’s interaction with media

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/media-psychology

Suitable for

Psychology, media studies or social-science graduates and those working within media or communications who want to understand the application of psychology to their industry

Programme details

This course will allow you to study the effects of media upon the individual and society, and how psychology can be applied to enhance media design and understand media consumption. In doing so you will also discuss issues of ethics, accessibility, understanding diverse audiences, positive uses of media and professional applications.

The full course runs full-time over one year or two years part-time, giving you the chance to exit with the following awards:


Postgraduate Certificate: two modules over four months
Postgraduate Diploma: four modules over eight months
Masters: four modules plus a dissertation over one year


Postgraduate Certificate: two modules over nine months
Postgraduate Diploma: four modules over two years
Masters: four modules plus a dissertation over three years


This course will be delivered through a mixture of formal lectures, problem-based learning, workshops, debates, online learning resources, Wikis, Skype, group work, discussion activities, and presentations.

Module titles:

• Professional, Contemporary and Ethical Issues in Media Psychology
• Psychology of Media Communication
• Media Psychology Research Methods
• Psychology of Human Computer Interaction, Usability and User Experience
• Dissertation (60 credits)


Assessment takes a number of forms including:

• Essay (16.9%)
• Research Proposal (16.6%)
• Presentation (8.3%)
• Written Project (8.3%)
• Industry-Style Report (16.6%)
• Dissertation (33.3%)

Career potential

With this qualification, you could pursue a career in psychological consulting within media industries, social media management, user testing, advertising, public relations, marketing, media analysis, media research and development,
and academia.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

Visit the MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Media Psychology page on the University of Salford website for more details!

Entry Requirements

-Normally an upper-second class honours degree in psychology, media studies or social sciences. - Appropriately experienced applicants will be considered in line with the University’s APL/APEL procedure.- An IELTS score of 6 is required for international students.

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