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MSc Social and Cultural Psychology

About the MSc programme

This programme offers an extensive choice of specialist courses within the Department and the School, addressing a variety of theoretical and applied issues in social and cultural psychology and in the social sciences as a whole.

The programme has research training recognition from the Economic and Social Research Council UK, from which students may progress to a research degree or employment in the public and private sectors.

To be considered for a place you should normally have a good honours degree in psychology or in a social science related discipline.

This programme will increase and update your knowledge and professional competence in the area of social and cultural psychology. It combines the study of theoretical and applied issues with a sophisticated training in a broad range of research methods.

Programme details

The programme involves completing four full course units, including a dissertation of 10,000 words. Optional courses cover key areas of applied social and cultural psychology.

Compulsory courses

  • Contemporary Social and Cultural Psychology examines the relationship between mind, society and culture; the relationship between the individual and society; social and cultural psychology in historical perspective; epistemological issues in social and cultural psychology; self, society and social identities, attribution theory; discourse and psychoanalytic approaches to culture and society, social representations, beliefs and attitudes; the relations between culture and psychology; cognition and culture, applied aspects of social and cultural psychology.
  • Methods of Social Psychological Research provides students with an overview of methodological issues for social psychological research.
  • Dissertation.

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one unit from a range of options.

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations|.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Graduate destinations

This programme is intended to equip students for a career in business organisations, communities, health, the media, development and international agencies, government or in research.


Application code: L7U1 (check availability|)

Start date: 2 October 2014

Duration: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time

Intake/applications in 2012: 33/146

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 degree in a social science discipline (a background in psychology is desirable but not a requirement) (see entry requirements|)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements|)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: UK/EU £11,568; overseas £17,880

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support|). The MSc Social and Cultural Psychology is accredited for ESRC funding as part of a four year award (see ESRC|)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions. For consideration for ESRC funding 10 January 2014

A photo of Jacqueline Priego Hernandez, an LSE student|