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MSc in Political Psychology

Course Description

The MSc in Political Psychology is an exciting new programme exploring the relationships between political and psychological processes. It combines modules from the School of Psychology and the School of Politics and International Relations to offer a unique interdisciplinary focus on key current issues in political psychology.

*This course will be taught at the Canterbury campus*

Visit the website: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/1206/political-psychology

Course detail

The programme focuses on key topics including political ideologies, government perceptions, justice and inequality, beliefs in political conspiracies, and political conflict and violence. Develop your knowledge of theory and practice by studying a range of areas such as advanced intergroup relations, public opinion, and statistics and methods.


Gain an understanding of political psychology through academic, practical and research training, with a strong focus on quantitative methods.

Format and assessment

There are 5 compulsory modules and one option module.

The compulsory modules are:

- Advanced Statistics and Methodology
- Political Psychology
- Advanced Topics in Intergroup Relations
- Comparative Political Behaviour
- A supervised empirical or theoretical dissertation.

The option modules include:

• Advanced Topics in Group Processes
• Current Issues in Social and Applied Psychology II: Applications
• Negotiation and Mediation
• States, Nations and Democracy

Assessment is mainly by coursework assignment (4-6,000-word essays), examination (for the Advanced Statistics and Methodology module only), plus the dissertation.


School of Psychology postgraduate students commonly go into the fields of health, teaching or further education. For instance, many of our graduates take up roles as assistant psychologists in the NHS with a view to becoming a professional clinical or forensic psychologist. Upon completing our Master’s courses, graduates have also pursued doctoral study and academic careers at higher education institutions.

School of Politics and International Relations graduates have gone on to careers in academia, local and national government and public relations.

The programmes we offer help you to develop general critical, analytic and problem-solving skills that can be applied in a wide range of settings.

How to apply: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

Why study at The University of Kent?

- Shortlisted for University of the Year 2015
- Kent has been ranked fifth out of 120 UK universities in a mock Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) exercise modelled by Times Higher Education (THE).
- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Kent was ranked 17th* for research output and research intensity, in the Times Higher Education, outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities
- Over 96% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2014 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.
Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why/

Postgraduate scholarships and funding

We have a scholarship fund of over £9 million to support our taught and research students with their tuition fees and living costs. Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/

English language learning

If you need to improve your English before and during your postgraduate studies, Kent offers a range of modules and programmes in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Find out more here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international/english.html

Visit the MSc in Political Psychology page on the University of Kent website for more details!

Student Profiles

School of Psychology Academic Excellence Taught Master's Scholarships 2016 - 2 Awards

The School of Psychology offers two scholarships of £1,000 to applicants of any tuition fee paying status registering on one of our taught MSc programmes in September 2016.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Scholarships are allocated to applicants who meet the general award criteria outlined on our website on a competitive basis, applications will be ranked by a selection panel.*

Application Procedure

Please email [email protected] before 31 July 2016 with a cover letter and CV.Your request will be considered when you have received and accepted an offer of a place on one of the aforementioned MSc programmes, and have satisfied any conditions which the offer is subject to.Note that an offer of a place on an MSc programme does not constitute an offer of funding.*The School of Psychology reserves the right not to allocate the awards if the selection panel identifies no suitable candidates. The Academic Excellence Scholarship is subject to full terms and conditions which will be provided to successful candidates at the point of award.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A final degree classification (grade average) of at least a 2.1 or Merit in the UK system (the second highest classification after First/Distinction). Results from institutions in other countries will be assessed individually according to this standard. The programme assumes basic training in statistics and methods (more details to follow). Your existing degree does not have to be in psychology or political science, as long as the statistics training requirement is met. Please also see our general entry requirements: View Website. English language entry requirements: View Website.

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