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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Psychology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time; 2 years part time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    See website for more information

  • Last Updated

    30 October 2019

Our MSc Social and Organisational Psychology is one of only a few Masters programmes in the UK which is provided by researchers working at the cutting edge of both social psychology and organisational psychology. The programme is taught by a successful and dynamic group of researchers who, individually and collectively, enjoy a world-class reputation. You will benefit not only from the friendly and supportive atmosphere, but also from high quality teaching and supervision, an exciting and international seminar series, and a wide variety of stimulating extracurricular activities and workshops.

The Masters programme will equip you with an array of skills which will enable you to function as an effective PhD student or as a professional researcher or practitioner in social psychology and organisational psychology. The programme forms part of the Economic and Social Research Council South West Doctoral Training Centre - a hub of world-class social science research.

A distinguishing feature of the programme is its research apprenticeship, which will help you develop your research skills by allowing you to work alongside experienced researchers and/or practitioners and write up your findings in the form of a dissertation. Although teaming up with a researcher within the department is generally advised, it is occasionally possible to engage in apprenticeships with organisations or people outside of the University, provided suitable co-supervision is established. Some of our past/current research partners include Microsoft, IBM, Rentokil, the MoD, the NHS, the Met Office, the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, and Lane4 consultancy.

Research Apprenticeship

A distinctive feature of all our taught Masters programmes is the Research Apprenticeship. The Apprenticeship enables you to develop your research skills by working alongside experienced researchers or practitioners. You will also gain experience of writing up your research in the form of a dissertation.

Many students undertake their apprenticeship with researchers in our Psychology department, but apprenticeship opportunities may also be available outside the University. Current research partners of the group include Microsoft, IBM, Rentokil, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Transport, the NHS, the Met Office, the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and Lane4 consultancy.

Read the full module specification for the Research Apprenticeship.

Programme structure

The programme is made up of five compulsory modules. The list of modules may include the following:

  • Advanced Statistics
  • Behavioural Science Research Skills
  • Advances and Methods in Social and Organisational Psychology
  • Research Apprenticeship
  • Current Research Issues in Social and Organisational Psychology

The modules listed here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

Teaching is delivered in the form of both lectures and seminars. The latter include convenor-led discussions, talks from outside speakers, and student presentations.

Assessment

External examiners have praised our imaginative variety of assessments, which include written examinations, essays, reports, seminar diaries, and written quizzes. The research project is assessed through either a dissertation or a research paper ready for submission to a journal.

Careers

The University of Exeter has an enviable reputation amongst graduate employers, which has helped our postgraduates launch a variety of successful careers.

The MSc Social and Organisational Psychology will equip you with an array of scientific and communication skills that will enable you to function as an effective PhD student, a professional researcher, or a practitioner in social and organisational psychology.

The degree will allow you to develop scientific and communication skills enabling progression into research, professional psychology, marketing, and business roles.

Exeter’s impressive reputation amongst graduate employers has helped postgraduates into successful careers in research, high technology industries, management, personnel, legal and advertising services, amongst others.

Further information

Our excellent Careers and Employment Service provides invaluable support, advice and access to graduate employers. Visit the Career Zone pages for more information, including podcasts and profiles, about the range of support available.


Visit the MSc Social and Organisational Psychology page on the University of Exeter website for more details!

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