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Department Manager
Daniel Linehan
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7712

MSc Programme Administrator
Jacqueline Crane
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7995

PhD Programme and Communications Administrator
Terri-Ann Fairclough
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7700

Course Options

At Psychology@LSE we offer four MSc programmes [MSc Health, Community and Development|, MSc Organisational and Social Psychology|, MSc Social and Cultural Psychology| and MSc Social and Public Communication|] and support a wide range of  PhD studies| and also two Undergraduate courses| . We also offer options to take modular courses as part of each programme.

We structure our programmes and PhD studies carefully in order to develop students skills incrementally and to culminate in final papers and exams. Read more in our section on Pedagogy|.

These programmes run from October - September (12 months).

Click here| to see the admission process.

In addition to your compulsory core courses you can take two half-unit options. If you are taking the MSc Organisational and Social Psychology|, MSc Social and Cultural Psychology| and MSc Social and Public Communication|, these option courses fall into the following categories: Health Issues and Communication, Inter-Cultural Issues, and Organisational and Business Contexts.

Outside Options (including recommended outside options)

You are allowed to take option courses from outside the Department, up to the value of half unit, from another programme (subject to the approval of the Convenor of the outside course). Please see below table options for each MSc.

If you are taking the MSc Health, Community and Development| you have the opportunity to take two half-unit outside option courses.  These can be selected from courses offered by the departments of Anthropology, DESTIN, Gender Institute, Geography and the Environment, Social Policy and Sociology.

There is also the possibility of taking option courses from outside these areas subject to the approval of the Programme Director and the Convenor of the outside course.

Here is the list of course options delivered by the Psychology@LSE:

Total core course choices = 3 units

Core Courses

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PS400 Contemporary Social and Cultural Psychology (1 unit) |


PS404 Organisational Social Psychology (1 unit)|


PS429 The Social Psychology of Communication (1 unit)|


PS461 Health, Community and Development (1 unit)|


PS497 Dissertation (1 unit) |

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And one of the following streams relating to research methods (1 unit):

PS4A1 Methods for Social Psychological Research: Fundamental Qualitative and Fundamental Quantitative Methods. |

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PS4A2 Methods for Social Psychological Research: Advanced Qualitative and Fundamental Quantitative Methods |

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PS4A3 Methods for Social Psychological Research: Advanced Quantitative and Fundamental Qualitative Methods |

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PS4A4 Methods for Social Psychological Research: Advanced Qualitative and Advanced Quantitative Methods|

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Courses to the value of one full unit from the following half-unit Optional Courses (students must do two of these):

 msc Organisaitonal and Social Psychology  MSc Social and Public Communication MSc Social and Public Communication
 MSc Health, Community and Development

AN436 The Anthropology of Development (½ unit)|


DV420 Complex Emergencies (½ unit) |


DV421 Emerging Health Threats and Development (1/2 unit)|


DV428 Managing Humanitarianism (½ unit) |



DV429 Global Civil Society (½ unit) |


GI403 Gender and Media Representation (½ unit)|




GI422 Sexualities, gender and globalisation (1/2 unit) |




GY421 Gender and Development: Geographical Perspectives (1/2 unit)|




GY431 Cities, People and Poverty in the South (½ unit) |




GY439 Cities, Politics and Citizenship (1/2 unit)|


MG437 Business Model Innovation at the ‘Base of the Pyramid’ (½ unit) |




PS409 Political Psychology (1/2 unit)|

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PS410 Social Representations (½ unit)|

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PS411 Current Communication Research (½ unit)|

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PS415 Social Psychology of Economic Life (½ unit)|

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PS418 Social Psychology of Health Communication (½ unit) |

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PS421 Issues in Social Psychology: Group Dynamics (1/2 unit)|

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PS428 Knowledge Processes in Organisations (½ unit) |

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PS438 Corporate Communication (½ unit) |

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PS443 Societal Psychology (½ unit)|


PS445 Organisational and Social Decision-Making (½ unit) |

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PS447 Psychoanalysis and Communication (½ unit)|

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PS458 Creativity and Innovation (½ unit) |

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PS462 Theory and Practice of Organisational Development (½ unit) |

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SA4B5 International Planning and Children’s Rights (½ unit) |


SA4C2 Basic Education for Social Development |




SA4C8 Globalisation and Social Policy (½ unit) |




SA4D2 Health and Population in Developing and Transitional Societies(½ unit)|




SA4D6 Health Systems and Policies in Developing Countries (½ unit)|




SA4K2 Sexuality, Everyday Lives and Social Policy in Developing Countries (½ unit)|




SO457 Political Reconciliation (½ unit)|




Laura Melo
World Food Programme, Donor Relations Officer
[Psychology@LSE Alumni 1991-92]
"The MSc in Social Psychology allowed me to develop the two pillars of my professional life: analytical skills and cognitive flexibility.
The ability to quickly absorb, analyse and apply information from a variety of sources has been fundamental to my work both as a journalist and as an aid worker.
My understanding of group dynamics, social interactions and individual behaviour has been very helpful while working in different communities, in different countries in Africa.
The international outlook, and the personal relationships established thanks to this course have also been a major asset. I probably would not have been where I currently am in my career and in my life without this course."


Anand Joshi
Leadership Development advisor
[Psychology@LSE Alumni 2004-2005
"I first came to the LSE in 2001 to attend summer school. These intense three weeks were an incredible experience: the school's approach to academic study was new to me. It went way beyond pure factual learning and was very much focused on the 'why' - the desire to understand the deeply rooted cause of things.
The rich social life and united nations feel on campus made me and my friends feel at home - you never ran out of things to do or interesting people from all over the world to meet. Reflecting back today, coming to the LSE was one of the best decisions I have ever made."


Alexandra Steinberg
Process Manager Migros
[Psychology@LSE Alumni 1999 - 2002]
"I couldn't have made a better choice than to do my MSc and Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology at the LSE.
The brilliant learning environment I found is not only one of great passion and creativity for questions of contemporary social and organisational change, but also one of cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary research and critical thought.
My time at the LSE was also an unforgettable experience in terms of the inspiring people I met from many different backgrounds, cultures and nationalities, making debate about contemporary questions of social change a privilege."


Parisa Dashtipour
[Psychology@LSE Alumni 2004 - 06]
"I was a student at the social psychology Department for three years. The first year as an MSc student and the last two as a PhD student. During my MSc, I found the teaching and research carried out at the Department highly inspiring, which was why I decided to stay and conduct a PhD.
As a PhD student, I enjoy an academic atmosphere which is highly stimulating and capable of cultivating a hunger for knowledge in everyone who is involved. Because of this and because of its aim for excellence, it is the ideal place to study the fascinating subject of social psychology.