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MSc Social and Cultural Psychology

Course Description

About the MSc programme

The MSc Social and Cultural Psychology is unique in its combination of social and cultural approaches to psychology and one of the world's leading programmes in this field. It offers an extensive choice of specialist courses, addressing a variety of theoretical and applied issues in social and cultural psychology and in the social sciences as a whole. The programme has research training recognition from the ESRC UK and LSE's reputation with employers opens up a broad range of career opportunities. The critical and analytical skills that you will develop are attractive to employers in the public and private sectors. Many students benefit from the rigorous training offered by the programme and progress to further graduate training and to academic appointments.

The programme is designed for students with an upper second class honours degree in psychology or related disciplines. High-level graduates from the humanities and other fields not specifically related to psychology are also considered for a place.

This programme aims to give students a grounded understanding of theoretical and applied issues as well as a sophisticated training in a broad range of research methods. It will advance your knowledge and professional competence in the area of social and cultural psychology, and enhance your independent thinking and analytical skills.

Programme details

The degree is a 12 month programme, consisting of four full units comprising two compulsory courses (one theoretical and one methodological), a research dissertation of 10,000 words and two optional courses. All students follow a compulsory core course in social and cultural psychology and a course in research methods covering qualitative and quantitative methodologies. A wide range of optional courses enables candidates to choose two courses that meet their interest and motivation.

Students leave the Department equipped with conceptual and research skills, the ability to assess and analyse evidence, critical judgement and experience of working individually and in teams.

Compulsory courses

Contemporary Social and Cultural Psychology examines the relationship between mind, society and culture with a focus on phenomena at the interface between the individual and society. Issues covered include self in society, individual and social identities, cognition and culture, social representations, attitudes and attributions, language and communication, social influence, beliefs and inter-group relations and various applied aspects of social and cultural psychology.
Methods of Social Psychological Research provides students with training in quantitative and qualitative methods of research for social and cultural psychology.
Dissertation involves field research in an approved topic supervised by a member of faculty.
Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one unit from a range of options.

Please note that not every course is available each year and that some courses may only be available with the permission of the course convenor and/or may be subject to space.

Graduate destinations

This programme is intended to equip students for a career in business organisations, communities, health, the media, development and international agencies, government or in research.

Visit the MSc Social and Cultural Psychology page on the London School of Economics and Political Science website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Jacqueline Priego Hernandez

1853.jpg I selected LSE for my postgraduate education because of its international reputation, particularly the Institute of Social Psychology, which is recognised as a leading centre in several theoretical and applied fields such as Social Representations, Organisations, Health and Community. The MSc programme has its focus on both societal and cultural issues by integrating theory and practice with the main aim of intervention at individual, institutional and communal levels. Additionally, the programme is interdisciplinary, and contributions from sociological, anthropological and economic perspectives on key current social psychological issues are addressed. Without any doubt, the most enjoyable part of studying at LSE has been the exciting experience of a multicultural environment with a great exchange of ideas between very clever and fun people. Apart from that, I have had the opportunity to benefit from the exceptional facilities at the School, above all from the world-class library and the wide range of academic and cultural events taking place here every single day. LSE has reinforced my desire to continue in the field of Social Psychology as a career option. The lectures and the contact with expert research contributed to broadening my views on different topics and to refining my research interests and my expectations in relation to my future career. After completing my MSc programme I intend to pursue a doctoral degree.


Entry Requirements

2:1 degree or overseas equivalent in social science; background in psychology desirable but not required; English standard level.

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