A bachelor’s or master’s degree with:
a. 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 are preferred and those with related social sciences or science degrees are considered on a case by case basis. If the undergraduate degree is in a different subject, or if it is not accredited by the British Psychological Society, please ask your academic referee to complete the pro-forma for Social and Applied Psychology and email it.
b. 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:
- Means and standard deviations
- Distributions, hypothesis testing and statistical significance
- Correlation coefficients
- 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
This programme considers how social psychology can be applied to a wide range of social problems and answer key questions such as: How are attitudes formed and developed, and how do they relate to behaviour? What are the key motives that affect people’s reactions to the social world? What social psychological processes are implicated in the form and content of language and communication?
You will gain a thorough grounding in research methods, and conduct a project in an area of social/applied psychology that interests you. The programme is taught by the School’s outstanding research group in social psychology.
Our teaching and research covers the psychology of intergroup behaviour, group decision and performance, attitudes and persuasion, organisational psychology, social cognition, children’s self-concept and social attitudes, and cross-cultural questions, relating social psychological research in these areas to social problems. Course tutors include academics and experts who work in the media, the health service and other applied settings.
The MSc in Social and Applied Psychology is composed of four compulsory modules and two optional modules. The compulsory modules are Advanced Statistics and Methodology (SP801), Current Issues in Social and Applied Psychology 1: Theory (SP802), Current Issues in Social and Applied Psychology 2: Applications (SP817), and a supervised empirical or theoretical dissertation (SP998).
Teaching and Assessment
Assessment is mainly by coursework assignment (4-6,000-word essays), examination (for the Advanced Statistics and Methodology module only), plus the dissertation.
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 visit our funding web pages for the most current opportunities and application details.
Qualification and course duration
|Assessment||What kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)|
|Written/ formal examinations||10|
|Written coursework / continuous assessment||57|
|Dissertation||33 (8000 words)|
Course contact details
- School of Psychology
- +44 (0)1227 824775
- +44 (0)1227 827030