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Social Cognition: Research and Applications - MSc

Course Description

This MSc focuses on how individuals construe the social world and the processes that underlie social judgment and behaviour. The programme draws on the research of outstanding academic staff working in the areas of social psychology, neuroscience, and cognitive science to provide unique, cutting-edge perspectives on humans as social beings.

Degree information

The programme provides an understanding of how the human emotional, cognitive and neural systems have evolved to sustain social coordination and adaptation to the environment. Key topics include: social perception, motivation, attitudes, embodiment, emotion, social judgment and decision making, and social neuroscience.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules
-Understanding Individuals and Groups
-Social Cognition, Affect, and Motivation
-Current Issues in Attitude Research
-Social Neuroscience
-Research Statistics
-Social Cognition: Research Methods

Optional modules - options may include the following:
-Knowledge, Learning, and Inference
-Applied Decision-making
-Principles of Cognition
-Human Learning and Memory
-Social Psychology
-The Psychology of Health
-Organisational Psychology
-Cognitive Neuroscience
-Consumer Behaviour
-Consulting Psychology
-Business Psychology Seminars
-Current Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience II: Elaborative and Adaptive Processes
-Current Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience III: Translational Research
-The Brain in Action
-Programming for Cognitive Science
-Judgment and Decision-making
-Talent Management
-Judgment and Decision-making

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–12,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. The Division of Psychology & Language Sciences has advanced technology for the study of socio-cognitive processes, including fMRI, eye-, speech- and motion tracking equipment for dyadic and group settings, as well as a 360o video camera. Assessment is through coursework, online assessment and the dissertation.


Graduates have taken up positions in research, marketing, teaching, and management consultancy.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Business Director, Mindshare
-University Lecturer, Northumbria University and studying PhD Self-perception, Northumbria University
-Marketing Director, Evolution Ticno
-Market Researcher, Carnegie Consulting
-Research Consultant, Behaviour Change Partners

On completion of this programme students will have acquired an understanding of the processes involved in the construction of the social reality, in particular how cognitive and affective processes guide social judgement and behaviour, and how these processes are implemented in the brain. The students will have acquired methodological skills to design and carry out socio-cognitive research which will enable them to address real-world social problems and/or pursue an academic career. In addition, they will have acquired knowledge related to theoretical and philosophical issues underlying psychological research.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Division of Psychology & Language Sciences undertakes world-leading research and teaching in mind, behaviour, and language.

Our work attracts staff and students from around the world. Together they create an outstanding and vibrant environment, taking advantage of cutting-edge resources such as a behavioural neuroscience laboratory, a centre for brain imaging, and extensive laboratories for research in speech and language, perception, and cognition.

Opportunities for graduate students to work with world-renowned researchers exist in all areas of investigation, from basic processes to applied research. The division offers a supportive environment including numerous specialist seminars, workshops, and guest lectures.

Visit the Social Cognition: Research and Applications - MSc page on the University College London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Abegail Tan

"The system of learning and/or researching at UCL is unique in that we are given the flexibility to choose our own speciality within the programme we pursue. With a vast number of notable academics, students are assured that their learning is supervised by experts in their chosen field of study. In addition to this, the university encourages us to expand our reach by applying our skills and knowledge to other domains. "


Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Students are expected to have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. However, very good candidates in related areas, such as management, sociology, or communication sciences, will also be considered. Students should be prepared for the mathematical component contained in the MSc-level Research Statistics module.

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