Our MSc Social Psychology programme looks at a range of topical social issues through the lens of social psychological theories. It is concerned with the scientific study of how we think about ourselves and other people, and how we influence and relate to one another.
As an MSc Social Psychology student you will learn theories, methods, and empirical findings in the field of social psychology, which are relevant to current social issues.
These include: prejudice and discrimination; the relationship between moral judgement and emotions; the study of how individuals and groups interact to construct and maintain identities; and how these are related to social change and influence in contexts such as family systems and romantic dyads.
The programme aims to provide you with an awareness of the historical and philosophical background of social psychology, an in-depth knowledge of contemporary theoretical and methodological approaches and research findings, and the ability to conduct quantitative and qualitative research in the field.
This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time students must study at least two taught technical modules per academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.
The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand. -Social Change and Influence -Crafting Research: Linking Theory and Methods -Dissertation -Qualitative Research Methods -Preparation for Academic Research in Psychology -Intergroup Relations -Social Cognition -Conducting Health Psychology Research -Chronic Conditions -Psychological Aspects of Health Care -Maintaining Health Throughout the Lifespan -Aspects of Experimental Psychology -Ergonomics and Human Factors -Inquiry and Design -Psychological Neuroscience: Electrophysiology -Psychological Neuroscience: Psychophysics & fMRI -Key Questions in Environmental Psychology: People and Place -History and Social Psychology -Psychology of Sustainable Development -The Self and Relationships -Morality and Emotions
EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME
-To provide students with theoretical and qualitative/quantitative methodological expertise to conduct social psychological research by training them in the informed and systematic conduct of basic and applied research involving the critical reading of theories and empirical findings -To provide students with an in depth knowledge of contemporary theoretical and methodological approaches to the discipline -To enable students to link theoretical and empirical questions to social issues and to provide them with an in depth understanding of the practical applications and action implications of social psychological theories and empirical findings -To provide students with the skills to evaluate possible interventions in a variety of social domains -To offer opportunities to develop the basic interpersonal, technical and creative skills required for the effective analysis and formulation of problems into research questions and, where appropriate, testable hypotheses
PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES
The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:
Knowledge and understanding -Of contemporary theoretical and methodological approaches to social psychology -Of the practical applications and action implications of social psychological theories and empirical findings -Of the principles of research design -Of quantitative and qualitative techniques and strategies to manage and analyse psychological data -Of ethical considerations when undertaking research and framing interventions
Intellectual / cognitive skills -To critically assess and comment on sources of research relevant to social psychology -To critically evaluate the contributions and limitations of social psychological theories and research methods in addressing social problems -To evaluate actual and potential psychologically informed interventions in a variety of social domains -To design, conduct and evaluate social psychological research -To apply insights from social psychological theory and research to other domains of psychology
Professional practical skills -Communicate work in a professional manner for academic and non-academic audiences in written and verbal formats -Apply problem solving techniques to social and psychological topics effectively -Use effective learning strategies -Analyse and interpret social psychological theoretical analyses and quantitative and qualitative empirical evidence in a competent and critical manner
Key / transferable skills -Communicate theories and methods in relation to social psychology by oral and written means -Use information technology effectively -Manage own personal development
We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.
In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.
"I came to Surrey to do a PhD with Dr Peter Hegarty. Peter suggested that I apply for the MSc in Social Psychology first, because my first degree focused on health. The MSc not only improved my existing knowledge of psychology but also gave me a thorough and advanced education in research methods. I was attracted to the course at Surrey because of the rigorous training in critical thinking and the integration of creative innovation with practical, evidence-based science. This combination is rare and has already made me a valued member of several international projects in research and policy.
My strongest memory of my time at Surrey is the experience of being surrounded by peers who valued critical thinking and intellectual creativity. When I think of the School of Psychology, I picture the camaraderie and excitement of lengthy conversations with my supervisor and research group. I recall the moments during which my understanding of the world was transformed by these dynamic interactions. I remember being regularly impressed by the quality of thinking, research, and teaching at Surrey.
I am the Senior Health Policy Officer at Australia’s National LGBTI Health Alliance. My position involves serving on a range of national research and policy advisory groups that address the needs of marginalised populations in the areas of ageing, aged care, home-based health services, person-directed care, medical benefits, data collection, and other aspects of national health policy. I lead on the development of high-level research, policy documents, submissions to government inquiries, discussion papers, and complex correspondence on a range of health issues that affect people whose genders, bodies and sexualities have been marginalised.
I enjoy being able to make a difference on a national scale and to see the beneficial results of health policies that I help to implement."
As a member of the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership, University of Surrey students are eligible to apply for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships (stipend and fee waiver). TECHNE is a consortium of seven universities in London and the South East offering a rich and diverse training programme for doctoral students with a focus on interdisciplinarity and developing career potential both in and beyond higher education. Studentships are awarded by TECHNE to the best students put forward by its member universities. The TECHNE training programme is enhanced by input and placement opportunities provided by TECHNE’s 13 partner organisations (including the Barbican, Natural History Museum, Museum of London, BFI and Science Museum) in the cultural sector. Please visit TECHNE to find out more about the aims and opportunities of TECHNE.TECHNE – the Consortium is named in reference to the Greek term for craft – will create a new model for collaborative research skills training for PGR students across seven higher education institutions (Royal Holloway, Brighton University, Kingston University, Roehampton University, Royal College of Art, University of Surrey, University of the Arts London). TECHNE’s vision is to produce scholars who are highly motivated and prepared for academic, public or professional life. Students will benefit from a diversity of training opportunities and be able to draw on supervisory expertise from across the Consortium.It is not possible to apply directly to TECHNE for a studentship; applications for students wishing to be based at Surrey must be made via the University of Surrey. Your TECHNE application will therefore go through a two-stage process, being considered firstly by either the School of Arts or the School of English and Languages, to go forward to TECHNE and, if successful, secondly by a panel of subject specialists from TECHNE members.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Fee and Maintenance
Open to Home and EU candidates; please see guidance on residency requirements outlined in the RCUK’s Conditions of Research Council Training Grants Studentships will be awarded on the basis of the academic excellence of both the candidate and the research proposal. This is an extremely competitive process and only very high calibre candidates will be successful
South East DTC (ESRC) Studentships
No. of awards TBC
The South-East ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) is a centre of excellence in social science postgraduate research training, and is a partnership between the Universities of Kent, Reading, Royal Holloway and Surrey.The South East DTC offers ESRC studentships to top-quality research students wishing to study psychology, sociology, politics or related multidisciplinary topics within the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences at the University of Surrey.The SE DTC is organised into Pathways and within these, there is a number of PhD programmes and routes which can be taken based on a candidate’s previous experience and research interests.The following Pathways are within the Faculty of Arts and Human SciencesPolitical Science and International Studies pathway - School of Social Sciences Psychology pathway - School of Psychology Sociology pathway - School of Social Sciences The pathways below can also be followed at Surrey, but are within other Faculties, which means that the application process may differ slightly. Please contact either the Faculty of Economics Business and Law or the Centre for Environmental Strategy.Economics pathway – Please contact the Faculty of Business Economics and Law Management and Business Studies pathway – Please contact the Faculty of Business Economics and Law Environment, Energy and Resilience (interdisciplinary pathway) – Please contact the Centre for Environmental Strategy
Value of Scholarship(s)
Open to Home and EU candidates; please see guidance on residency requirements outlined in the RCUK’s Conditions of Research Council Training Grants Candidates without a Master’s degree are can apply for funding to undertake a research training Master’s before starting their PhD (1+3 model). Studentships will be awarded on the basis of the academic excellence of both the candidate and the research proposal. This is an extremely competitive process and only very high calibre candidates will be successful
Faculty Studentship Competition
No. of awards TBC
Faculty Studentships are available in the following areasSchool of Arts:Cultural Production, Creative Practices, Dance, Digital Arts, Film, Interdisciplinary Arts, Music, Performance, Sound Recording, Theatre.School of English and Languages:English Literature, Creative Writing, Translation Studies, Modern Languages, Theoretic Linguistics (Morphology) and Applied Linguistics (Intercultural Communication).School of Social Sciences:Criminology and Criminal Justice; Developments in Methodology; Identities, Diversities, and the Life Course; Media, Culture and Communication; Science, Environment and Technologies; European politics; International politics; Social politics and methodology
Value of Scholarship(s)
Under the FASS Studentship Scheme Home / EU and International Students are eligible to apply for 2016 entry. Successful International students will be awarded a fees at the Home / EU Rate and a stipend. Please note that full international fees are not covered: candidates should ensure that they are in a position to cover the outstanding costs.Studentships will be awarded on the basis of the academic excellence of both the candidate and the research proposal. This is an extremely competitive process and only very high calibre candidates will be successful.
Discounts for Surrey graduates
No. of awards TBC
If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.
Value of Scholarship(s)
10% tuition fee discount
If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford
If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on [email protected]
Normally a first or 2.1 honours degree in psychology from a UK university (or 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.
Recipient: University of Surrey
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