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MSc Social and Cultural Psychology

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Uncovering the relationship between human cultures and cognition.

Our students come from all over the world and bring different perspectives and cultural outlooks to the study of social and cultural psychology.

This MSc programme explores the ways in which culture and society shape how people think, behave and relate to each other. It draws on theories, concepts and methods of social and cultural psychology to understand how societies think, how communities develop a sense of identity and how they represent controversial and important issues affecting local and global public spheres.


Introduction to MSc Social and Cultural Psychology Introduction to MSc Social and Cultural Psychology
Introduction to MSc Social and Cultural Psychology


Students will:

  • Deploy knowledge of social and cultural psychology in a variety of applied settings.

  • Understand theoretical and applied issues as well as gain sophisticated training in a broad range of research methods.

  • Develop prior knowledge of psychology, and broaden knowledge of social and cultural psychology within the cutting-edge Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science.

Programme overview & entry requirements

To be considered for a place in the MSc Social and Cultural Psychology programme you should normally have a good honours degree in psychology (other related disciplines in the social and life sciences will be considered depending on experience and relation to psychology).

For a full degree overview, fee guide and details on entry requirements, please see the Graduate Prospectus.

The MSc programme comprises of a number of course units (core and option). The core course and Methods course constitute the central focus of the MSc, providing an advanced understanding of theories, concepts and methods of research. These courses are taught by a team of lecturers. The various option courses allow you to pursue diverse interests in the psychological and social sciences, permitting a range of specialisms. In the research report you will draw upon the Methods course to conduct original research which develops your particular interests. 

For a full programme structure, links to the course guide and indicative reading lists, please see the programme calendar.

Graduate career destinations

The employment prospects of our graduates are excellent. In 2014/15, 83% were in employment in their desired fields just six months after graduation, applying the knowledge and skills obtained during their degree to a range of job sectors and 6% went on into further study. Our graduates went into careers in politics, research and education, health and social development in a variety of institutions and international organisations such as the World Food Programme, UNESCO and the WHO.

About the programme director

Professor Sandra Jovchelovitch is a social and clinical psychologist by training and her research focuses on the social psychology of public spheres, community development, social representations theory and the socio-cultural context of knowledge development and transformation. She has worked with a wide range of Brazilian and international organisations including UNESCO and WHO.

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MSc Programmes Management (Department of Psychological & Behavioural Science)

Department contact for issues relating directly to MSc study:
+44 (0)20 7955 7995