Taught course

Environmental Psychology

University of Surrey · Department of Psychology

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Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in either Architectural Engineering, Architectural Landscape, Architecture, Environmental Engineering, Interior Architecture and Design, Psychology, Urban Planning, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. We'll also consider relevant work experience if you don't meet these requirements. Selection process

Selection is based upon a candidate’s application, references and an informal interview. In special circumstances, a student may be set work for assessment before being offered a place on the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

Our physical environment has a strong influence on how we act, feel and think. We form strong bonds with places that are important to us and visiting or remembering those places can benefit our health and wellbeing. However, many environments don’t support our wellbeing and can undermine this. In addition, individual human behaviour often damages the physical environments we depend on.

On our course, you’ll explore the relationship between people and their physical environment at every scale, from personal space in offices, to climate change awareness. You’ll gain the knowledge and skills to support the design, management and use of environments that benefit human function and health.

Our MSc Environmental Psychology course was established in 1973 and is the only one-year full-time degree in the world to focus on both sustainability and environmental design.

What you will study

On this course, you’ll address issues around architectural psychology, social change, and sustainable development, while reviewing the major theoretical formulations and models within environmental psychology. We’ll also give you an insight into qualitative and quantitative research methods, including the use of statistics, ensuring you have a solid foundation to collect, analyse and interpret data.

You’ll select from a range of optional modules to delve into topics, including applied psychology and public policy, chronic conditions, the history of social psychology, and psychological aspects of healthcare.

You’ll also complete a research dissertation that will allow you to carry out research on important topics in the field. Previous student projects have ranged from climate change perceptions to the design of open-plan offices, to studying the emotional and cognitive benefits of nature engagement. We’ll match your interests with the expertise of our academic staff, ensuring you get the best support.

Information for international students

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 6.5 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Fees and funding


Full-time - 1 year



Part-time - 2 years



Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2020-21 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
  • If you are on a two-year or three-year part-time structured masters course, the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the course.

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

+44 (0)1483 682222