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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/how-to-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

Research Scholarships 2017 - No. of awards TBC

Psychology at Kent offers a supportive, dynamic and diverse environment for creative research and learning. We conduct both basic and applied research in several areas, and we are highly regarded as a leading European centre for postgraduate research. We have a long-established international reputation in social psychology, and this is complemented by our strengths in cognitive, developmental and forensic psychology. The School of Psychology is currently inviting applications for a number of research scholarships to commence in September 2017. Some scholarships will take the form of School of Psychology/Vice Chancellor's Research Scholarships administered under the Graduate Teaching Assistant Scheme. We will also be bidding for ESRC-funded studentships as part of the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). The research interests of our staff can be found in the online prospectus.SeNSS ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership Funding
SeNSS is one of only 14 UK ESRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnerships and will be offering a number of full-funded ESRC doctoral studentship to start in September 2017. This scheme is also open to 1+3 (MSc+PhD) applicants. To find out more about eligibility and the SeNSS, click here.Anne Frank Trust/ESRC 1+3 Studentship with the School of Psychology at the University of Kent
Testing social psychological theory to build inclusive social attitudes and reduce prejudice amongst children and adolescents
Applications are invited for an Anne Frank Trust/ESRC 1+3 Studentship in the School of Psychology at the University of Kent, under the supervision of: Professor Dominic Abrams, Dr Lindsey Cameron and Shona Gibbons (Anne Frank Trust) starting in September 2017. Applicants for this studentship will be considered under the umbrella of the School of Psychology's Research Scholarships 2017 competition. For more information, please go to: https://www.kent.ac.uk/psychology/pg/annefranktrust-esrc%20studentship2017.html.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Combined tuition fee and maintenance grant


Eligibility information for 1+3 (MSc+PhD) ESRC-funded students as part for the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is available at the following link: https://www.kent.ac.uk/psychology/pg/research-scholarships2017.html

Application Procedure

Deadline for applications in 5pm (UK time) on 30th January. Please see the following link for further details: https://www.kent.ac.uk/psychology/pg/research-scholarships2017.html.

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. Applicants with undergraduate degrees in psychology or political science are preferred and those with related social sciences or science degrees are considered on a case by case basis. Please also see our general entry requirements: View Website. English language entry requirements: View Website.

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