MSc Social and Applied Psychology
- Full Time
- Degree of Master of Science
- Course Length
- 1 year
- Course Start Date
- September 2024
From the proliferation of social media to more traditional human encounters, we all take part in hundreds of social interactions every day. But how do they impact the way we think, feel, and behave?
Our MSc in Social and Applied Psychology looks at a range of the latest social issues through the lens of psychology. The programme combines research methodology training with in-depth study of topics at the cutting-edge of the field. It’ll equip you with the skills to understand research into social behaviour, and offer you an optional, tailored research placement, through which you can acquire and hone advanced research skills.
It is ideal if you are a high-calibre graduate, of psychology or a related discipline. It is ideal preparation for a PhD in social or applied psychology, or a career with a significant research element, such as at a university, in the third sector, or within government.
This MSc in Social and Applied Psychology combines research method training with in-depth study of social and applied psychological topics.
You’ll study prejudice and intergroup relations, identity, attitudes and decision-making, emotion and social cognition, applied social psychology, and critical social psychology. You’ll get to grips with methodologies for social psychological research, including experimental design, measuring implicit and explicit attitudes, interviews and focus groups, experimental questionnaire design and field experiments. Plus, you’ll develop transferable skills in oral and written communication, and analysis of complex data sets.
The programme includes compulsory modules providing a solid grounding in the subject’s key areas, and optional modules chosen according to your specific interests. It builds towards a substantial piece of Master’s research, which you’ll undertake with the supervision of active researchers in the field. Take a look at the School of Psychology’s webpage to find a researcher who works on the topic that interests you. Learn to think like a social psychologist in seeking understanding of and solutions to modern life’s most practical and theoretical problems.
Study and Modules
You’ll gain a deeper understanding of social psychology and how it can be used to answer important social questions. You’ll learn about cutting-edge research methods, such as measuring implicit and explicit attitudes, interviewing and focus groups, and field experiments. You’ll also explore theoretical topics such as prejudice and intergroup relations, identity, attitudes and decision-making, applied social psychology, and critical social psychology.
In addition to learning about social psychology, you’ll also develop the skills necessary to conduct research in this field. You’ll learn how to collect and analyze data, and you’ll be introduced to programming techniques that can be used to automate data analysis. You’ll also have the opportunity to conduct your own independent research project, which will give you the chance to explore a topic of your own interest in greater depth.
Past dissertation topics have included:
Conspiracy theory beliefs: The role of social identity and intergroup emotions
The effect of group status and power on reactions to derogatory comments about outgroup members
Motivating climate change mitigation efforts with availability heuristic priming
Are there gender differences in adolescents' attentional biases towards empathic stimuli?
You’ll also have the opportunity to choose optional modules that complement your studies and areas of interest.
Finally, you’ll have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and valuable contacts through a placement in an external setting. Placements can be arranged in a variety of settings, such as research labs, special schools, clinical settings, and museums. This is a great way to gain experience in a real-world setting and to make connections with potential employers.
Optional A Modules(Credits: 40)
Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, the University will endeavour to consult with students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will inform students.
Teaching and Learning
You’ll experience a wide range of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops, and research placements, and the hands-on use of state-of-the-art research equipment.
Your schedule will include timetabled classes, private study, completion of coursework assignments and preparation for sessions. You’ll also complete a major independent research project under expert supervision.
Assessment is through coursework, including critical reviews, research proposals and a research project.
- Degree Classification
- Bachelors degree - 2.1 or equivalent
- Degree Subject
- Psychology or related degree (eg. medicine, neuroscience or biological science)
- English Foreign Language
Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):
IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 6.5 in all components)
Test dates should be within 2 years of the course start date.
We also accept a number of other English language tests. Review our English Language Equivalencies for a list of qualifications that we may accept to meet this requirement.
If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:
This course is open to UK and International applicants. The annual intake for this course is in September each year
Additional Information or Requirements
Our Admissions Policy applies to the admissions of all postgraduate applicants.
Fees and Funding
Tuition fees for the Academic Year 2024/25 are:
UK Students: £8,250 (full time)
International Students: £21,200 (full time)
If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for Home students).
We estimate living expenses at £1,023 per month.
Further Information on tuition fees can be found here.
Scholarships and Bursaries
The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.
Course Related Costs
Please see Additional Course Fees for details of course-related costs.
How to Apply
Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.
To apply please use our online application form.
If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying, please do contact us:
Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.
After the Course
This Master’s degree will give you advanced training in social psychology research methods. It’s the ideal preparation for a PhD in Social Psychology, or a career with a significant research component.