Taught course

Applied Social Psychology

Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of Psychology

Entry requirements

A Bachelor's or Master's degree with at least a 2.1 or Merit in the UK system (this is the second highest classification after a First/Distinction). Academic results from non-UK institutions will be assessed individually for equivalence to this criterion. The degree does not necessarily have to be in psychology, as long as the requirements described in point 2 are met. You must have taken and passed a minimum of one module of 'statistics' and 'social science research methods'. Students whose degree is from a non-English-speaking institution must meet one of our language test requirements (See our website for details).

Months of entry

October, September

Course content

The broad spectrum of psychology examines the ways in which human beings think, feel, behave and interact. Study Applied Social Psychology at Royal Holloway and you will develop an advanced understanding of human social interactions, their origins and their impact on the individual, and equip yourself with knowledge of cutting-edge developments and issues in applied social psychology.

You will join a vibrant research community with access to an on-site MRI scanner for studying brain structure and activity, EEG machines, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) equipment, technology for tracking eye movements, software for creating virtual reality environments and a dedicated baby lab for studying the development of young infants.

You will be part of a friendly, welcoming department with an excellent staff-to-student ratio, learning through a combination of seminars, lectures and research led by our expert academics.

You will graduate with a MSc degree from an internationally leading department, and acquire a range of analytical, methodological and communication skills crucial for PhD study. Follow your passion for Applied Social Psychology at Royal Holloway and you will be well-placed to achieve a rewarding career in your chosen field.

  • Develop applicable skills and knowledge to transfer to PhD study or to pursue a career in applied settings.
  • Study in a department ranked 6th in the UK for research (The Research Excellence Framework 2014)
  • Gain a range of transferable skills to take into your future career, including highly developed literacy and numeracy skills.

Information for international students

Royal Holloway welcomes international students. We are home to a vibrant, cosmopolitan community of 9,800 students from over 120 countries. Around a quarter of our student population comes from outside the UK, creating a stimulating mix of diverse backgrounds and cultures. For more information, visit the International Students website (www.rhul.ac.uk/Prospective-Students/international-students/index.html).

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Prospective students might want to consider applying for scholarships. A number of these available to UK, EU and other international students (See


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Programme Director: Dr Anat Bardi
+44 (0)1784 443528