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MSc Social and Cultural Psychology

About the MSc programme

The MSc Social and Cultural Psychology is unique in its combination of social and cultural approaches to psychology and one of the world's leading programmes in this field. It offers an extensive choice of specialist courses, 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 ESRC UK and LSE's reputation with employers opens up a broad range of career opportunities. The critical and analytical skills that you will develop are attractive to employers in the public and private sectors. Many students benefit from the rigorous training offered by the programme and progress to further graduate training and to academic appointments.

The course is designed for students with a good upper second class honours degree in psychology or related disciplines. High-level graduates from the humanities and other fields not specifically related to psychology are also considered for a place.

This programme aims to give students a grounded understanding of theoretical and applied issues as well as a sophisticated training in a broad range of research methods. It will advance your knowledge and professional competence in the area of social and cultural psychology, and enhance your independent thinking and analytical skills.

Programme details

The degree is a 12-month programme, consisting of four full units comprising two compulsory courses (one theoretical and one methodological), a research dissertation of 10,000 words and two optional courses. All students follow a compulsory core course in social and cultural psychology and a course in research methods covering qualitative and quantitative methodologies. A wide range of optional courses enables candidates to choose two courses that meet their interest and motivation.

Students leave the Department equipped with conceptual and research skills, the ability to asses and analyse evidence, critical judgement and experience of working individually and in teams.

Compulsory courses

  • Contemporary Social and Cultural Psychology examines the relationship between mind, society and culture with a focus on phenomena at the interface between the individual and society. Issues covered include self in society, individual and social identities, cognition and culture, social representations, attitudes and attributions, language and communication, social influence, beliefs and inter-group relations and various applied aspects of social and cultural psychology.
  • Methods of Social Psychological Research provides students with training in quantitative and qualitative methods of research for social and cultural psychology.
  • Dissertation involves field research in an approved topic supervised by a member of faculty.

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.

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Application code: L7U1 (check availability|)

Start date: 24 September 2015

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

Intake/applications in 2013: 27/163

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 £12,024; overseas £18,600

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 12 January 2015

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