Be part of a diverse group of students at the cutting edge of innovative attempts to apply social psychological theory to a range of current social issues.
The MSc Social Psychology looks at a range of topical social issues through the lens of social psychological theories in order to develop understanding and ideas for intervention. It is concerned with the scientific study of how we think about, influence and relate to one another.
The programme deals with, amongst other topics, issues of power and influence, the study of how individuals and groups interact to construct and maintain identities and how these are related to social change. Through this, the programme aims to provide you with an awareness of the historical and philosophical background of social psychology and an in-depth knowledge of contemporary theoretical and methodological approaches to the discipline.
You will be part of a diverse group of students at the cutting edge of innovative attempts to apply social psychological theory to everyday thought, emotion and behaviour in social contexts.
Visit the website http://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/social-psychology
The Social Psychology programme aims to:
- Provide you with advanced knowledge of the history and philosophy of social psychology, and a competent understanding of classic and contemporary theories, findings and methodologies in the field
- Train you to engage in the practices that make up both ‘pure’ and ‘applied’ research
- Engage and expand your ability to think critically and to discuss theories and findings about the social nature of human beings
- Train you to formulate research problems, to select and apply appropriate methodologies, to interpret resultant quantitative and qualitative data, and to communicate your research effectively to a diverse range of audiences
- Develop your interpersonal, technical and communication skills
- Raise your awareness of related disciplines including sociology, anthropology, cognitive science and history to assist your engagement in cross-disciplinary dialogue
- Enable you to link social psychological theories and empirical findings to social issues, with a view to understanding the practical policy implications of research, and research-led interventions in public life
- Inform you about the procedures and practices of ethical research conduct
These educational goals are realised through teaching and learning strategies on both the taught modules and the individual dissertation, which aim to enhance your ability to become an active member of the social psychology profession.
All modules are worth 15 credits, except for the dissertation module which is worth 60 credits. You are required to total the same number of credits across the two semesters.
You will also be required to present a dissertation comprising an original piece of empirical research within any area of social psychology. Your dissertation will be approved and supervised by one of the School’s academic staff.
Compulsory core modules:
• Social Change and Influence
• Preparation for Academic Research in Psychology
• Quantitative Research Methods
• Qualitative Research Methods
• Crafting Research: Linking Theories and Methods
In addition, you choose three modules from the following list:
Conducting Health Psychology Research
Maintaining Health Throughout the Lifespan
Psychological Neuroscience: Electrophysiology
Key Questions in Environmental Psychology: People and Place
Psychological Aspects of Health Care
Aspects of Experimental Psychology
Ergonomics and Human Factors
Inquiry and Design
Psychological Neuroscience: Psychophysics & fMRI
Psychology of Sustainable Development
The Self & Relationships
Morality & Emotions
Social Psychology at Surrey
These are just a few of the questions explored and researched by the social psychologists at the University of Surrey
- Does gossip distinguish humans from animals?
- Why can some people resolve conflicts but others cannot?
- Why do people kill and die for their national identities?
- Why do women seem to have gender more than men do?
- How is society transformed by new genetic technologies?
- Why do right-wing groups tell their most loyal members that they hate themselves?
- How is ‘social integration’ described when ‘multiculturalism’ is debated in the media?
- How do religious communities understand the possibilities and challenges of engaging with other religious groups?
- What role do emotions play in how we think and act politically?
As psychologists, we study human action, emotion, cognition and discourse. As social psychologists, we understand human behaviour to be inseparable from its social context. We use a range of methodologies, including experiments, questionnaires, interviews and archival analyses. Our work is organised around investigating novel, surprising, creative explanations of the ways that people are. As the anthropologist Michelle Rosaldo put it, ‘social beings first, and individuals only second’.
The MSc Social Psychology features specialist modules which draw on classic and contemporary research to allow you to engage with a diverse range of methodological practices and draw on the programme team’s diverse professional skills.
Psychology at Surrey
The School of Psychology at the University of Surrey
is one of the most active and highly regarded psychology departments/schools in the country. We specialise in applied and policy-oriented teaching and research within a strong theoretical context. The international, interdisciplinary, policy and applied strengths of the School mean that students’ theoretical and methodological research puts them at the cutting edge of the discipline.
We are one of the highest ranked School’s in the country for graduates entering employment, and also one of the largest providers of postgraduate training in the UK.
The University of Surrey
’s School of Psychology has been the centre for many cross-national studies and has attracted funding from research councils and local and national government departments, such as ESF, Defra, the MoD, the Home Office, the Environment Agency, the Countryside Agency, Surrey County Council and the EU.
If you choose to study psychology at the University of Surrey
, you will be provided with a combination of opportunities that would be hard to match elsewhere. We offer you a degree that provides a thorough grounding in the theories, methods and practice of contemporary psychology.
Our programmes lay particular emphasis on the application of psychology to real-world problems, and also consider issues related to professional practice in preparation for your career as a professional psychologist. The basis of good postgraduate courses is the research activity of staff, the incorporation of current research programmes in teaching material and a reciprocal relationship between theory development and applied research in everyday contemporary issues. We believe in involving all postgraduate students in the research life of the School through active participation in one of the research groups, attendance at research seminars and, where possible, an attachment to ongoing research projects. As a student of the School of Psychology, you will also have access to a number of conferences, seminars and workshops hosted throughout the year.
Find out how to apply here - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/postgraduate
Normally a first or 2.1 honours degree in psychology from a UK university (or recognised equivalent overseas qualification). Degrees in related subjects (such as sociology) will also be considered. Applicants who meet these basic criteria will be invited to be interviewed in person or by Skype to discuss their interest in social psychology. ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS: IELTS minimum overall: 6.5; IELTS minimum by component: 6.0