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MSc in Social and Public Communication

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Programme Code: TMSOPUCO

Department: Psychological and Behavioural Science

For students starting this programme of study in 2018/19

Guidelines for interpreting programme regulations

Classification scheme for the award of a taught master's degree (four units)
Exam sub-board local rules

Full year programme. Students are required to take two compulsory courses, one unassessed course (PB400), optional courses to the value of one unit and a dissertation as shown.

The Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science has recoded their course codes from PS- to PB- for 2018/19. The majority of courses listed below with a PB- code are not new courses but some may have changed code.

Please note that places are limited on some optional courses. Admission onto any particular course is not guaranteed and may be subject to timetabling constraints and/or students meeting specific prerequisite requirements.


Course number, title (unit value)

Paper 1

PB404 The Social Psychology of Communication (1.0)


Students also take the unassessed course:


PB400 Psychological and Behavioural Science (0.0)

Paper 2

PB411 Methods for Social Psychology Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods (1.0)

Paper 3

Courses to the value of 1.0 unit(s) from the following:


PB413 Experimental Design and Methods for Behavioural Science (0.5)


PB415 Behavioural Science (0.5)  (not available 2019/20)


PB416 Cognition and Culture (0.5)


PB417 Consumer Psychology (0.5)


PB418 Corporate Communications (0.5)


PB419 Creativity and Innovation (0.5) #  (not available 2019/20)


PB420 Current Communication Research (0.5) #  (not available 2019/20)


PB421 Happiness (0.5)


PB422 Health Communication (0.5)


PB424 Issues in Organizational and Social Psychology: Organizational Life (0.5)


PB425 Identity and Group Dynamics in Organisational and Social Settings (0.5) #


PB426 Knowledge Processes in Organisations (0.5)


PB427 Organisational and Social Decision Making (0.5)  (not available 2019/20)


PB428 Political Psychology: Inequality and Prejudice (0.5) #


PB429 Science Communication and Controversies (0.5)


PB430 Social Influence (0.5) #  (not available 2019/20)


PB431 Social Psychology of Economic Life: Advanced Topics (0.5)


PB432 Social Representations (0.5)


PB433 Theory and Practice of Organisation Development (0.5)  (not available 2019/20)


PB434 Behavioural Science in an Age of New Technology (0.5)


PB452 Behavioural Science for Health (0.5) #


Courses to the value of 0.5 unit(s) from another programme (subject to the approval of the candidate's Programme Director).

Paper 4

PB410 Dissertation (1.0) A


A : Failures in this course cannot be condoned. A bad fail is defined as a mark less than 29%.

# means there may be prerequisites for this course. Please view the course guide for more information.

Students who complete PB404 (formerly PS429) and PB418 (formerly PS438) can be granted exemption from up to two CIPR Diploma units. Further information is available from the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science website.

Note for prospective students:

For changes to graduate course and programme information for the next academic session, please see the graduate summary page for prospective students. Changes to course and programme information for future academic sessions can be found on the graduate summary page for future students.