The programme offers a social-developmental psychology training that will advance the careers of anyone who's interested in the people professions – diverse careers related to education, work, health, government and non-profit organisations.
Humans have a fundamental ‘need to belong’ and form relationships. Positive relationships lead to higher well-being, personal development and well-functioning societies, whereas a lack or dysfunctional relationships lead to poor psychological well-being, unhealthy development and conflict or violence within society.
The programme will teach you about the different psychological approaches to studying social relations in children, adolescents and adults, drawing from different areas of study within psychology (eg social and personality psychology, developmental psychology, educational psychology, clinical psychology, social neuroscience).
These approaches are relevant to anyone interested in understanding social relations between individuals (ie families and friendships) and social groups within a variety of settings (eg schools, the workplace, social movements). The programme will also introduce different strategies aimed at improving social relations between individuals and groups (eg intergroup contact, bullying interventions, mentoring schemes).
Research methods training
The programme will offer ESRC recognised research methods training, which will be useful for students wishing to pursue doctoral training or work in careers where such skills will be appreciated by employers in private and public sectors.
Diverse career opportunities
Given the importance of social relationships for motivation and well-being and given societal issues that arise out of social and racial inequalities and conflicting cultural values, this programme will offer useful insights for diverse careers related to counselling, education, businesses, and government/non-profit organizations. Moreover, you will benefit from conducting research in cosmopolitan London, where diverse socio-cultural groups co-exist in relative harmony.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Madoka Kumashiro or Professor Adam Rutland or Val West.
The programme is made up of a total of 180 credits, comprised of:
-four core modules (totalling 135 credits) -a core optional module (15 credits) -two other optional modules (totalling 30 credits)
The core modules will include:
-Critical Issues in the Psychological Study of Social Relations -Statistical Methods -Research, Design and Analysis -Independent Research Project of your choice, supervised by leading experts in the field
Core optional modules: You select one of the following core optional modules which focus on child relationships, adult close relationships, or group relations:
-Social-Moral Development -Self and Relationships -Social Psychology of Social Problems
Optional modules: Two other optional modules may be selected from a range offered in the Department of Psychology, including the remaining core optional modules listed above. Other possible modules include
-Qualitative Research Methods* -Organisational Behaviour and Health -Psychology and Education -Addictive Behaviours -Investigative Forensic Psychology
*If you wish to fulfil the criteria for an ESRC-DTC approved MSc, you will be required to take as an option Qualitative Research Methods, which is taught by the London Social Science (Goldsmiths-Queen Mary, University of London) ESRC Doctoral Training Centre.
The programme will:
develop your knowledge and understanding of psychological approaches and common psychological methods for studying social relations in children and adults enable you to develop a thorough knowledge of psychological theories and interventions in relation to improving social relations in a range of social settings equip you with transferable knowledge and skills required to undertake psychological research, including the design, implementation and interpretation of studies and communication of outcomes
As a graduate of this programme you'll be able to use your knowledge of social relations in the workplace. This will help you advance your career in a wide variety of settings (including clinical, health, educational and work organisations) that involve human relationships, at both the individual and group level.
With the help of the tutors, you'll also be encouraged to work with one or more of the many organisations (private, public, or third sector) available in greater London for your independent research project, which will help you establish a professional network.