Taught course

Applied Social Psychology

University of Sussex · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in psychology or, exceptionally, in a closely linked degree that has a substantial psychology component.

Months of entry


Course content

This course offers advanced study in applied psychology, taught by one of the UK’s leading research groups in this area. It provides you with a thorough grounding in theoretical perspectives, along with the appropriate research techniques. Our expertise is particularly strong in the areas of consumer beliefs and behaviour, intergroup relations and crowd dynamics, and issues related to health and illness.

This MSc attracts students from different cultural backgrounds and is designed for those wishing to undertake postgraduate research in psychology or for those interested in a wide variety of careers involving research, or policy-related work in applied contexts.


The taught modules are assessed by a variety of methods that include term papers, presentations and unseen examinations. The project is assessed by a dissertation.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

On this course, you take a series of taught modules that enable you to gain knowledge and skills in key areas of applied social psychology, including:

  • four subject-specific modules (60 credits), two in the autumn term and two in the spring term, covering topics such as intergroup processes and consumer behaviour, as well as the possibility of a research internship in the spring term
  • four modules in research methods and data analysis (60 credits), which help you gain expertise in the key research techniques used in this field, including a range of specialised quantitative and qualitative methods
  • a substantial research project in your chosen field (60 credits), supervised by a member of faculty specialising in that area.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit:www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations30
Written coursework / continuous assessment30

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 876638