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MSc - Social Psychology


University of Kent School of Psychology

Full time & Part time See Course MSc Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

About the course

The MSc in Social Psychology (taught) gives you the opportunity to sample a range of modules from our Developmental programme as well as other modules related to social and applied psychology.

This taught programme considers how social psychology can be applied to a wide range of social problems and answer key questions such as: How are attitudes formed and developed, and how do they relate to behaviour? What are the key motives that affect people’s reactions to the social world? What social psychological processes are implicated in the form and content of language and communication?

You will gain a thorough grounding in research methods, and conduct a project in an area of social/applied psychology that interests you. The programme is taught by the School’s outstanding research group in

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Entry Requirements

A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with:

a. Adequate level of academic achievement
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

b. Statistics and research methods training in the social sciences

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Student Profile(s)

Katie Schumacher

I pursued a postgraduate course because I very much value my education and realize that in today’s day and age a Bachelors is not going to set you apart as much as a postgraduate degree will. I have a passion for education and I am always curious which is why I decided to continue my education and do my MSc at the University of Kent.

I chose to do my MSc in Social and Applied Psychology at the University of Kent for three reasons. First, because of the University of Kent’s reputation. Kent psychology is very well known globally and does a lot of research in the areas in which I am very interested in. Discrimination, prejudice, ingroups and outgroups, intergroup relations, group processes are just a few areas of expertise within the psychology department here at Kent. Second, the location. I am from the United States, specifically Wisconsin, and I previously studied in London during my undergraduate degree. I really love the UK and I really liked the fact that Canterbury is close to London by train but far enough away that the cost of living, the environment and fresh air are more manageable for me. I love the fact that I can travel by bus to Whitstable and be at the sea, or go to the cliffs of Dover that are so close to me. The location is a perfect mix of UK culture that I love and reminders of my more rural hometown Wisconsin. Third, the price. The University of Kent is a lot cheaper than some of the other universities I was looking at to do postgraduate study. When comparing the US to the UK, the UK was the cheaper option and on top of that the University of Kent allowed me to take out US loans to study in the UK which is an amazing opportunity. These reasons, on top of many more since, led me to the University of Kent.

The one major thing that this course is teaching me that my first degree did not, is real life application and more communication with people from different countries that speak different languages and are from different cultures. In my course I only have a few British classmates, everyone else is from outside of the UK and that is very awesome to experience in our seminar classes where analysing certain topics can vary a great deal based on ethnicity, nationality or other demographic information.


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