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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 programme is designed for students with an 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 assess 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 for Social Psychology Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods 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.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Social and Cultural Psychology in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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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: 22 September 2016

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

Intake/applications in 2014: 29/151

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 £12,504; overseas £19,344

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: 11 January 2016

A photo of Jacqueline Priego Hernandez, an LSE student