Designed to give you advanced knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice in environmental psychology.
As populations grow and competition for space and resources increases, society’s most pressing issues will need to be addressed by those who can work in collaboration with cognitive, occupational and social psychologists, as well as architects, educationalists, environmental scientists, engineers, landscape architects and planners.
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How do individuals and groups react to different environmental situations (home, office, hospital, street, shop, and so on)? What psychological processes are triggered by our environment, and how do they affect our perception, attitude and actions? How can individuals and groups change their environment so that it provides a more stimulating, less stressful and more enabling setting in which to live? How are our identities tied up with place? How might sustainability in environmental policy be better informed by current research?
Our MSc Environmental Psychology programme will help you gain advanced knowledge and understanding of theory and practice in environmental psychology. You will also acquire a range of research skills that will give you the confidence and ability to undertake environmental psychology research in a professional setting.
While prior experience in this field is not essential, previous applicants have come from areas such as psychology, sociology, geography, architecture, planning, landscape architecture, interior design, transport, environmental policy and management. Experience of working with, or membership of, environmental groups may also be valuable.
- Programme Structure
The programme is modular and is offered in both full-time and part-time modes. One module (22 contact hours) provides 15 credits. You will be required to complete seven compulsory modules and (in Semester 1) one optional module, and to present a dissertation comprising a piece of empirical research within the area of environmental psychology.
- Preparation for Academic Research in Psychology
This module aims to provide students with the basic skills of research design, data analysis, publishing and ethical conduct, and to prepare students with the skills they need to produce a dissertation report of publishable standard.
- Qualitative Research Methods
This module focuses on different qualitative research methods such as discourse analysis and multiple sorting tasks.
- Key Questions in Environmental Psychology
This module introduces you to the major theoretical formulations and models in the area of environmental psychology related to people and places, such as privacy, personal space, place attachment and environmental restoration.
- Inquiry and Design
This module attempts to integrate research training with the theories and findings of environmental psychology. The module will be organised around a series of case studies based on research that has been undertaken in the School, such as: ‘Assessing the visual impact of buildings’, ‘Crime and design’, ‘Conflict between different countryside user groups’ and ‘Learning in museums’.
- The Psychology of Sustainable Development
This module aims to provide you with an advanced knowledge and understanding of the methods, theory and practice of environment behaviour research as related to sustainability and quality of life issues. It includes factors such as environmental values and attitudes, consumer behaviour, attitude change and environmental education.
- Quantitative Research Methods
This module focuses on different quantitative research methods such as factor analysis, multiple regression and multidimensional scaling.
- Ergonomics and Human Factors
This module aims to provide students with advanced knowledge and understanding of theory and practice in relation to ‘Human–Machine Interaction’ and ‘Design of Environments and Work: Health and Safety’. Through the knowledge and skills acquired in these areas, you will further your development as an evidence-based practitioner.
- Conducting Health Psychology Research
This module provides you with advanced knowledge and understanding of methods, theory and practice in different types of assessment techniques used in Health Psychology research.
- Social Change and Influence
This module provides you with an advanced understanding of current theories and conceptualisations of social change and influence, including facilitators of and constraints on change.
- Maintaining Health Throughout the Lifespan
This module provides you with advanced knowledge and understanding of methods, theory and practice in developing and maintaining health throughout the life span.
- Psychological Neuroscience: Electrophysiology
This module gives you a good theoretical background on electrophysiological methods (electroencephalography EEG, transcranial magnetic stimulation TMS) and their usage in psychological research.
Lectures / forums: 12–14 hours per week in term time
Outside speaker seminars Between six and ten hours per term over the duration of the course
Supervision: Up to nine hours per term over the duration of the course
Approximately 130 hours per module across eight modules.
Recent graduates have progressed into careers in central and local government, undertaking policy-oriented research on a variety of environment behaviour (E-B) issues. Many of our graduates have become practice consultants, using their E-B research skills. This could be a specialist E-B practice or an architecture, planning, design or engineering practice where graduates with a sensitivity to people-environment issues and a training in E-B research can provide an important and unique set of skills and expertise.
Those who have a background in architecture, landscape architecture, planning or design often return to their profession, but with an enhanced range of skills.
Some examples of careers that our students have progressed to include:
- Building Research Establishment, Watford – Environmental Psychologist
- Scottish Centre for Environmental Design and Research, Aberdeen – Researcher
- Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey
– PhD student
- Andersen Consulting, London (Client Services) – Analyst
- Kingston University, Colour Design Research Centre – Research Officer
- Woods Bagot International architectural firm, Sydney – Analyst
- JMP Consultants – Transport Planning Consultant
- Transport Research Laboratory – Transport Planning Consultant
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A UK first or 2.1 honours degree or equivalent in a social or design science discipline, understanding, experience or a passion for environmental, planning or architectural issues. We also accept students with a background in design disciplines, architecture or planning, as well as environmental engineering. Applicants without a degree, who have significant relevant experience, will also be considered. English language requirements: IELTS minimum overall: 6.5; IELTS minimum by component: 6.0