Do people fall in love in the same way in every country? What makes a good leader in Chinese (and other, non-Western) societies? How might we help migrants best settle into their new culture?
This course provides you with an understanding of how basic psychological processes may vary across cultures, and gives you the skills necessary to conduct your own research with different ethnic groups. The programme is specifically aimed at those who intend to pursue their psychological work in a number of different cultural settings, whether within Britain or overseas.
Students taking the course full time typically attend two days a week for two 12-week terms from the end of September to Easter, plus attendance at up to two exams late April/early May. In the summer term students work (independently with tutor supervision) on their dissertations which are due for submission at the end of September. No formal attendance is required during the Dissertation period and, provided students do not need to use specialist facilities on campus and they maintain email contact with their supervisor, they are free to return home. Dissertations can be submitted by post at the end of September normally.
For students taking the course part time (over 2.5 years) students usually attend one day a week for two 12-week terms from the end of September to Easter each year. The summer term of the first year is free of commitments. During the summer term of their second year and the autumn and spring terms of the third year, part time students work (independently with tutor supervision) on their dissertations which are due for submission at the end of March of the third year.
The programme is designed for those with undergraduate degrees in psychology (and related subjects) who wish to gain a greater understanding of the role of culture in psychology, and for those already working in professions where psychology is of importance.
We also welcome graduates in related subjects who are interested in learning more about culture and psychology, as well as students who might ultimately want to continue on a PhD programme. By including materials from across the social sciences, the course aims to utilise the complementary disciplines within the College in order to offer a truly inter-disciplinary perspective.
Teaching on the course is by renowned international experts on culture and ethnicity, with the Brunel teaching team being complemented with visiting speakers from around the world. Recent invited lecturers have included specialists from the US, Hungary, Russia and Finland.
First and foremost, I chose Brunel because of the degree programme; there are very few programmes in cross-cultural psychology offered in the world, and once I read about the research our lecturers were doing, I was sold! I liked the fact that it's a very multicultural university and that it's so close to London.
Brunel International offers a really wonderful international scholarship programme to students and I definitely recommend applying! It's a great way to get involved in the student life while here.
The Graduate School offers a weekly meet up for postgraduate and research students as well as numerous events including statistics and research guidance.
I've tried to be as involved as possible during my time in the UK - I sing with a couple of different musical groups at Brunel and with the New London Singers, in addition to taking lessons through the music award scheme. I am also the Vice President of the Six Degrees intercultural society, and volunteer with the UK Refugee Council and the US-UK Fulbright Commission. On top of that, I work as a student ambassador for the Graduate School, am involved in Rotaract of Langley-Iver, and generally love just hanging out with my friends or traveling to places in the UK and abroad! Brunel has just started a Language Exchange programme, which I'm taking part in to continue my German language skills, and there are free language courses for students interested in learning a language. In my free time, it's so fabulous to explore London, which offers such an incredible amount to do and see.
The university's accommodation options are excellent and I definitely recommend living on campus to potential students. Everything you need is here - dining options, a library, a nightclub and pub, a bank, and a fruit and vegetable market (amazing!). It's really perfect.
I hope to go into the field of International Education and much of what we're talking about in cross-cultural psychology will be directly applicable in working with international students. When discussing strategies of acculturation I am able to see how this will directly relate to the work I hope to do in this field in the future. I'm certain that I'll be able to directly relate my theoretical knowledge from my course as well as practical experience working with the other international students and British students in my future career.
A UK first or 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a Social Sciences/Psychology related discipline. Applicants with a 1st class or 2.1 degree in a non related subject with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.Applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree will be considered on an individual basis