Entry requirements

A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with:

  • Adequate level of academic achievement A final degree classification (grade average) of at least a 2.1 or Merit in the UK system (the second highest classification after First/Distinction). Results from institutions in other countries will be assessed individually according to this standard. Applicants with undergraduate degrees in psychology or political science are preferred and those with related social sciences or science degrees are considered on a case by case basis.
  • Statistics and research methods training in the social sciences.

This programme includes a one-year statistics sequence which you must normally pass in order to receive your award. The teaching assumes that you are familiar with the following topics:

  1. Means and standard deviations
  2. Distributions, hypothesis testing and statistical significance
  3. t-tests
  4. Correlation coefficients
  5. Variables and measurement.

Therefore, your existing degree transcript should note that you have taken and passed a minimum of one term each in statistics and social science research methods courses (or two terms of a joint statistics and research methods course).

Months of entry


Course content

Programme exploring the relationships between political and psychological processes. It combines modules from the School of Psychology and the School of Politics and International Relations to offer a unique interdisciplinary focus on key current issues in political psychology.

The programme focuses on key topics including political ideologies, government perceptions, justice and inequality, beliefs in political conspiracies, and political conflict and violence. Develop your knowledge of theory and practice by studying a range of areas such as advanced intergroup relations, public opinion, and statistics and methods.

Gain an understanding of political psychology through academic, practical and research training, with a strong focus on quantitative methods. Information about the existing interdisciplinary research on the links between psychological processes and politics is available from the Kent Political Psychology Lab website.

The MSc in Political Psychology is composed of five compulsory modules and one optional module. The compulsory modules are:

Modules are taught by both the School of Psychology and the School of Politics and International Relations.

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages.

Please note: that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Fees and funding

Please see our funding pages for the most current information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Psychology
+44 (0) 1227 824775