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Does the science of how we think, feel and behave inspire you? Social psychology is the study of how these important aspects of our humanity can be affected by others and more. Our MSc Social Psychology course allows you to look at a range of the latest social issues through the lens of psychology. You will look deeper into the compelling science of how we think about ourselves and other people and how we influence and relate to one another.

What you will study

With a strong relevance to current social issues, you will delve into the intriguing theories, methods and evidence-based research within social psychology. During the course of your studies, you’ll study such topics as prejudice and discrimination, moral judgement and emotions. Others areas you’ll cover include exploring how individuals and groups interact to construct and maintain identities and the links between psychology and social change, families and relationships. 

Our course also provides you with an awareness of the historical and philosophical background of social psychology, while also giving you an in-depth understanding of contemporary approaches and how to conduct research in the field.

Study and work abroad

There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.

Social Emotions and Equality in Relations (SEER) research group

Guaranteed to inspire you and enrich your learning, our social psychologists have an international reputation in research and teaching. They have undertaken research for the EU, UK research councils, government departments and agencies, industry and commerce and in the charitable sector. 

They have attracted a large number of research projects to the School of Psychology, including:

  • 2015 - 2020 - Intersex UK: A History for the Age of Consensus
  • 2016 - 2018 - Beyond ‘Straight Talking’: The Consequences of Vocal Cues to Sexual Identity for Modern Prejudice
  • 2017 - Enabling Public Engagement with Intersex/DSD through Psychology and Mobile Technology
  • 2017 - Heroes against homophobia.

While studying with us, we’ll encourage you to participate in the School of Psychology’s ongoing activities, including but not limited to the bi-weekly meetings of the Social Emotions and Equality in Relations (SEER) research group

Careers and graduate prospects

We can offer you careers information, advice and guidance while you study with us. This also extends to after you leave the University and become an alumni.

Our course will provide you with valuable analytical, experimental and research skills that are in high demand in a wide range of careers.

You could join other graduates who’ve gone on to study for additional masters degrees or PhDs in order to become researchers. Other career options you could consider include:

  • Social research, such as with governments, charities, think-tanks and pressure groups
  • Consultancy work
  • Market research
  • Software designer
  • Human-computer interaction - user experience research
  • E-learning design and development
  • Human factors or ergonomics
  • Operational research
  • Health promotion officer
  • Community development officer
  • Equality and diversity manager
  • Project officer
  • Researcher or analyst roles.

Visit the Social Psychology (MSc) page on the University of Surrey website for more details!

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