What Will You Study

This course increases your understanding of key theories, methods and findings in Social Psychology. You will learn how to do your own social psychological research and to apply social psychology to solving social problems.

It is aimed at those who wish to progress to a PhD in Social Psychology or wish to boost their research skills en route, or part way through, a career in a related field of inquiry (e.g. education, research or applied social science). Social Psychology is beneficial in a wide range of professions including Civil Service, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), public and voluntary sector agencies, and social science professions.

This course offers a number of options and methodological foci, which give students the flexibility to focus on the areas of social psychology they find most interesting. Students can choose, for example, to concentrate on qualitative social psychology; experimental social psychology; social psychology and language; motivation and emotions

You will complete core modules in Social Psychology and Conducting and Presenting Psychological Research; two modules of three offered in Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods; and then pursue a further option towards a particular aspect of Social Psychology, which you may follow up in your research project and dissertation.

Compulsory modules:

  • Analysis for Psychological Research
  • Conducting and Presenting Psychological Research
  • Research Dissertation
  • Social Psychology

Optional modules:

(Choose from topics in the following areas, courses vary year-to-year)

  • Applied Aspects of Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Neuroscience
  • Social Psychology