Taught course

Environmental Psychology

University of Surrey · Department of Psychology

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Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of a 2:1 or 2:2 honours degree in psychology from a UK university (or equivalent overseas qualification).

Degrees in related subjects (such as architectural engineering, architectural landscape, architecture, environmental engineering, interior architecture and design, and urban planning) will also be considered.

Relevant work experience can be considered by the faculty.

Months of entry


Course content

The School of Psychology at the University of Surrey was the first in the world to establish an MSc in Environmental Psychology in 1973. This course is still one of just a few such postgraduate programmes worldwide, and the only one in the UK. We have a reputation for developing professional and innovative programmes that reflect contemporary societal concerns and employment opportunities.

We’re one of the most active and highly regarded psychology departments in the UK, and specialise in applied and policy-oriented teaching and research within a strong theoretical context.

We’re the largest provider of postgraduate psychology training in the UK, and one of the highest ranked schools in the country for graduate employability. We’ve also been the centre for many cross-national studies, and attract funding from major research councils and local and national government departments.

Our MSc Environmental Psychology course will give you a thorough grounding in the theories, methods and practice of environmental psychology. You’ll develop the skills and confidence you need to take on environmental psychology research in a professional setting. This course emphasises the application of psychology to real-world problems, and also considers issues related to professional practice in preparation for your career as a professional psychologist.

Environmental psychology is a multidisciplinary research activity. We’re driven by psychological theories and methodologies, but draw on other social sciences, as well as the disciplines of environment and design. We investigate environment behaviour relationships at every scale, from personal space and office design, through to neighbourhood renewal, to the public understanding of global climate change. We have long-established links with national and international academic institutions, and you’ll be able to take advantage of these links in your research.

When you join us you’ll become part of our Environmental Psychology Research Group (EPRG), which has an international reputation for fundamental and applied research built over 30 years.

You’ll become involved in the research life of our School through active participation in our research groups, attending research seminars and, where possible, being attached to one of our ongoing research projects. As a student of the School of Psychology, you’ll also be able to attend a number of conferences, seminars and workshops hosted throughout the year.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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