Psychology of Advertising - MSc


Lancaster University    Department of Psychology

Full time & Part time See Course MSc 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time 01 September 2024
Business & Management (5) Psychology (31)

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Unleash the power of persuasion with the MSc in Psychology of Advertising. Dive into the realm where psychology meets advertising and gain a profound understanding of how advertising influences human behaviour. This unique programme offers a blend of theory and practice, equipping you with the skills to thrive in the dynamic communications industry. Engage in small-group discussions, led by experts in cognitive, social, and neuropsychological aspects of advertising. Develop a high level of technical expertise through a mix of theory-based modules and hands-on research projects. The highlight of the course is the opportunity to work on a dissertation project alongside an industry placement, providing real-world experience and networking opportunities. Whether you aspire to a career in advertising or aim for further research at the PhD level, this programme caters to a diverse range of graduates. Join us with a 2:1 Hons degree in relevant fields or contact us for more information on alternative entry routes. Embrace the future of advertising with us!

About the course

Advertising is everywhere. Always transient, sometimes trivial, yet it can be incredibly powerful in changing our perceptions, our beliefs and our behaviour. Through this programme, you will develop an advanced understanding of how advertising affects the human mind, giving you unique and valuable insight into the industry.

This unique course provides an interface between theory and practice, understanding and skills, by giving you a thorough grounding in the psychology underpinning persuasion, in the context of how it is applied – and how it might be applied more radically – in the communications industry.

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Entry Requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in Psychology, Marketing, Advertising, Communications, Media, Journalism, Consumer Behaviour.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.


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Student Profiles

Maria Hellenthal

When I finished my studies in Business Administration/Marketing in 2006, I was well aware that my interest in doing research might bring me back to the university one day. However, at the time I decided to gain some professional experience first and accepted a position as a project manager in a marketing agency. During my time in this job, my interest in the behavioural aspects of my work increased steadily.

I became aware that an understanding of the psychology behind the consumers’ decision-making process, including media reception, presents a skill that is capable of improving the profitability of decisions throughout a company’s value chain.

Hence, I chose to leave my job as a marketer and joined the MSc program in Psychology of Advertising at Lancaster University. I was excited to find a program that was tailored to my interests. For example, the highly interesting lectures about psychological theories and findings in the field turned out to be very inspiring and valuable. In addition, the course required gaining skills centring on psychological research methods and data analysis, which present the basis for any academic research.

Regarding the academic staff and the Department itself I was happy to find a very friendly and supportive environment and I always felt that I was met with an open ear when it came to ideas or concerns. In fact, my whole experience in Lancaster strongly encouraged my plan to continue my academic career with a Ph.D. in Psychology. Meanwhile I have started a Ph.D. at City University London where I do research on memories and advertising effectiveness.

I have benefitted from my experience in Lancaster on many levels and I can highly recommend the program as well as the University as such.

Rebecca Strong

On completing my degree in psychology at the University of Lancaster, I decided I didn’t want to pursue a ‘traditional’ career path in the discipline, and so instead chose to enrol in the Psychology of Advertising Masters Programme. I was particularly interested in learning about how my skills and interests within psychology were transferrable to the advertising industry, and the career opportunities that this route made available to me.

The topics covered allowed me to continue to develop my psychological understanding whilst also teaching me about how these theories and their application are relevant to the ad industry, and it was particularly interesting to learn about the importance of understanding consumer behaviour in influencing advertising development. Gaining insight into how the practical application of psychological disciplines can benefit the advertising industry helped me to realise the career path I wanted to take, and I feel this course provided me with the skills and knowledge to enter the industry well equipped for a relevant role.

The most valuable aspect of the course for me was the optional commercial work placement. I conducted this at ZenithOptimedia, one of the top media planning agencies in the world, and this allowed me to gain invaluable experience and an understanding of how my skills could aid strategy and planning, and the opportunities available to me within the industry. As a result of this placement I was offered a full time role within the insights department, where I now continue to work as a social media insight specialist.

This Masters degree is a unique opportunity for those who are interested in how psychology can provide insight that drives advertising strategy to hone their skills and experience in preparation for this career path. The high standard of teaching and variety of topics covered ensured I felt fully prepared to pursue my career in research and insights within an agency.

Xiaoyu Wang

I had applied to the course of MSc Psychology of Advertising in Lancaster University purely for my personal interest in psychology. Then it became one of the most unforgettable experiences in my life.

At the beginning, I was quite worried about the courses as I am an international student and had no psychology background, but then I found out that, with supportive lecturers, even I can get involved in discussions in psychology topics and quickly catch up with my courses.

The modules in the first term were designed to cover wide range of theoretical knowledge in psychology, marketing, and advertising. We can have an overall view in this area and choose the parts we found interesting and do more research after class. In the second term, our modules were mainly focussed on research and experiment. We were also given the chance to have classes with students from other subjects. At the same time, we also had the opportunity to work as small teams for commercial projects in order to practice, and of course assess our research skills.

Doing the dissertation is the last assessment we had and also the most challenging module in this subject. We were appointed to different companies or organizations to do our own project, with full support from psychology department and supervisor. Hence I could completely focus on my dissertation even when I started living away from the campus.

After I completed my dissertation, I realized the limit of my knowledge and was not ready for further study in psychology, hence I went back to China to adjust myself. With the decent reputation of Lancaster University, I am hired by China Construction Bank, one of the top four banks. Although I haven't had the chance to apply my skills in my work so far, my work still benefits from the way of thinking which I learned from this subject.
If I got a chance, I would like to come back and study psychology in Lancaster again.

Scholarships

At Lancaster, we are delighted to offer scholarships to high-achieving Home students.

The scholarship is awarded as a £4000 tuition fee waiver for Postgraduate Taught programmes, for 2022 entry and will be automatically awarded if students meet the eligibility criteria and terms and conditions outlined below:

Value of Scholarship(s)

£4000

Eligibility

Must have achieved or be expecting a 1st Class Hons degree.
Applicants must be in receipt of either a conditional or an unconditional offer for a place at Lancaster University for October 2022 entry, which you have accepted.
Fully funded applicants are not eligible for this scholarship.
Partially funded applicants for less than 50% of their fees, would be eligible for this scholarship.
Awardees must be classed as Home fee-paying students for tuition fee purposes, for the duration of their studies.

Application Procedure

You do not need to apply for this scholarship - you will automatically be considered for it on application.


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Lancaster University will offer a reduction in tuition fees for all taught Masters programmes for eligible applicants, determined by the level of undergraduate or postgraduate award achieved.

The value of the scholarship is as follows:

If you hold an Undergraduate degree from Lancaster University:
20% fee reduction for 1st Class Hons degree holders
10% fee reduction for 2:1 Hons degree holders
If you already hold a Postgraduate degree from Lancaster University

For students who intend taking a second taught masters programme at Lancaster University:
20% fee reduction for Master's with Distinction degree holders
10% fee reduction for Master's with Merit degree holders

Please note that the Alumni Loyalty Scholarship will be based on the most recent programme of study undertaken at Lancaster University.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10%-20% fee reduction

Eligibility

Must hold an undergraduate or postgraduate degree from Lancaster University

Application Procedure

You do not need to apply for this scholarship - you will be automatically considered for it upon application.


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Lancaster University is delighted to announce that we will offer a generous scholarship to high-achieving students from all international countries, who are liable for International tuition fees.

The £5000 scholarship is awarded as a tuition fee waiver for Postgraduate Taught programmes for 2022 entry and will be automatically awarded if students meet the eligibility criteria and terms and conditions.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5000

Eligibility

Applicants must be studying Postgraduate Taught degree-level programmes, offered fully on-campus at Lancaster University for October 2022 entry.
Applicants must be in receipt of either a conditional or an unconditional offer for a place at Lancaster University for October 2022 entry, which you have accepted (non‐UCAS applications) or accepted firmly (UCAS applications).
Fully funded applicants are not eligible for this scholarship.
Awardees must be classed as Overseas or International fee-paying students for tuition fee purposes

Application Procedure

You do not need to apply for this scholarship - you will be automatically considered for it upon application.


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