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Psychology of Social Relations (MSc)

Course Description

This Masters will examine when and why humans develop social relations with other individuals or social groups, and the psychological consequences of these social relations- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/msc-psychology-social-relations/

The programme offers a social-developmental psychology training that will advance the careers of anyone who's interested in the people professions – diverse careers related to education, work, health, government and non-profit organisations.

Humans have a fundamental ‘need to belong’ and form relationships. Positive relationships lead to higher well-being, personal development and well-functioning societies, whereas a lack or dysfunctional relationships lead to poor psychological well-being, unhealthy development and conflict or violence within society.

The programme will teach you about the different psychological approaches to studying social relations in children, adolescents and adults, drawing from different areas of study within psychology (eg social and personality psychology, developmental psychology, educational psychology, clinical psychology, social neuroscience).

These approaches are relevant to anyone interested in understanding social relations between individuals (ie families and friendships) and social groups within a variety of settings (eg schools, the workplace, social movements). The programme will also introduce different strategies aimed at improving social relations between individuals and groups (eg intergroup contact, bullying interventions, mentoring schemes).

Research methods training

The programme will offer ESRC recognised research methods training, which will be useful for students wishing to pursue doctoral training or work in careers where such skills will be appreciated by employers in private and public sectors.

Diverse career opportunities

Given the importance of social relationships for motivation and well-being and given societal issues that arise out of social and racial inequalities and conflicting cultural values, this programme will offer useful insights for diverse careers related to counselling, education, businesses, and government/non-profit organizations. Moreover, you will benefit from conducting research in cosmopolitan London, where diverse socio-cultural groups co-exist in relative harmony.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Madoka Kumashiro or Professor Adam Rutland or Val West.

The programme is made up of a total of 180 credits, comprised of:

-four core modules (totalling 135 credits)
-a core optional module (15 credits)
-two other optional modules (totalling 30 credits)

Core modules

The core modules will include:

-Critical Issues in the Psychological Study of Social Relations
-Statistical Methods
-Research, Design and Analysis
-Independent Research Project of your choice, supervised by leading experts in the field

Core optional modules:
You select one of the following core optional modules which focus on child relationships, adult close relationships, or group relations:

-Social-Moral Development
-Self and Relationships
-Social Psychology of Social Problems

Optional modules:
Two other optional modules may be selected from a range offered in the Department of Psychology, including the remaining core optional modules listed above. Other possible modules include

-Qualitative Research Methods*
-Organisational Behaviour and Health
-Psychology and Education
-Addictive Behaviours
-Investigative Forensic Psychology

*If you wish to fulfil the criteria for an ESRC-DTC approved MSc, you will be required to take as an option Qualitative Research Methods, which is taught by the London Social Science (Goldsmiths-Queen Mary, University of London) ESRC Doctoral Training Centre.


The programme will:

develop your knowledge and understanding of psychological approaches and common psychological methods for studying social relations in children and adults
enable you to develop a thorough knowledge of psychological theories and interventions in relation to improving social relations in a range of social settings
equip you with transferable knowledge and skills required to undertake psychological research, including the design, implementation and interpretation of studies and communication of outcomes


As a graduate of this programme you'll be able to use your knowledge of social relations in the workplace. This will help you advance your career in a wide variety of settings (including clinical, health, educational and work organisations) that involve human relationships, at both the individual and group level.

With the help of the tutors, you'll also be encouraged to work with one or more of the many organisations (private, public, or third sector) available in greater London for your independent research project, which will help you establish a professional network.


Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

Visit the Psychology of Social Relations (MSc) page on the Goldsmiths, University of London website for more details!

Student Profiles

Banco Santander Scholarships - 7 Awards

In partnership with Banco Santander, Goldsmiths will be awarding seven scholarships to outstanding candidates from within the Santander Universidades network. Each scholarship provides a £5,000 fee waiver and is tenable for one year only.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Scholarships will be open to students applying to study a taught masters degree (excludes MRes and Masters by Research) in any discipline starting in September 2016. The countries targeted (although not exclusively, should exceptional candidates apply from other eligible countries*) will be:Mexico
* The Santander Universidades scheme covers institutions in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, United Arab Emirates, UK, Uruguay and USA.

Application Procedure

Your scholarship application should be completed online through your myGoldsmiths account. This is the online account that you created in order to apply for a course at Goldsmiths.As part of the application, you'll be asked to answer three questions relevant to the award that you are applying for.For more information, please see the Banco Santander Scholarships page.

Further Information



Goldsmiths Masters Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Please note that scholarship schemes and awards are subject to the availability of funds, and the details given here are subject to change at any time. we therefore encourage you to check this information regularly.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Home and EU students (full-time and part-time).

Application Procedure

Applications for 2015 entry are now closed.

Further Information



The Goldsmiths' Company Postgraduate Bursaries - 4 Awards

Please see website for more details

Value of Scholarship(s)



Students on taught postgraduate programmes (not including MA Filmmaking or PGCEs) starting October 2015. You must be: a UK student; new to postgraduate study; experiencing financial difficulties. You should also demonstrate academic potential and you must not be in receipt of any Goldsmiths, AHRC or ESRC funding.

Application Procedure

Applications for 2015 entry are now closed.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in Psychology or a closely related social science discipline (eg sociology, health sciences, education etc) with a research component. You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level. IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the written test and no individual test lower than 6.0).

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