Entry requirements

A UK first or 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a Social Sciences/Psychology related discipline. Applicants with a 1st class or 2.1 degree in a non related subject with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree will be considered on an individual basis Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year. English Language Requirements IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas) Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores) BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

  • Do people fall in love in the same way in every country?
  • What makes a good leader in Chinese and other non-Western societies?
  • How might we help migrants best settle into their new culture?

This programme provides you with an understanding of how basic psychological processes may vary across cultures, and gives you the skills necessary to conduct your own research with different cultural groups.

The programme is specifically aimed at those who intend to pursue their psychological work in a number of different cultural settings, whether within Britain or overseas.


The programme is designed for those with undergraduate degrees in psychology (and related subjects) who wish to gain a greater understanding of the role of culture in psychology, and for those already working in professions where psychology is of importance.

We also welcome graduates in related subjects who are interested in learning more about culture and psychology, as well as students who might ultimately want to continue on a PhD programme. By including materials across a broad spectrum of disciplines, the course aims to utilise the complementary disciplines within the College in order to offer a truly inter-disciplinary perspective.

Teaching on the course is by renowned international experts on culture and ethnicity, with the Brunel teaching team being complemented with visiting speakers from around the world. Recent invited lecturers have included specialists from the US, Hungary, Russia and Finland.

Special Features

  • Established in 2001, this is the largest and longest-running MSc course of its kind in the world, and the only MSc in Cross-Cultural Psychology in Europe.
  • Students join a thriving cross-cultural postgraduate research community, the largest of its kind in the UK.
  • Students on the course study taught courses for two terms before conducting their own unique empirical research, which they often then present at international conferences in the field or publish in major cross-cultural journals.
  • Guest lecturers from around the world supplement classes taught by the following course team

Information for international students

Student intake is usually from all over the world so international students particularly welcomed for this cross-cultural course. We require IELTS 6.5 (min 6.0 in all sections) or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
£7,300 full-time; £3,650 part-time
International students
£14,100 full-time; £7,050 part-time

Postgraduate Loans: From 1 August 2016, students who live in England will be able to apply for a Postgraduate Loan in academic year 2016/17 of up to £10,000. Find out more

Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
30 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations33
Written coursework / continuous assessment33
Dissertation34 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Lecturer Tara Marshall
+44 (0)1895 265599