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Full time | University of Edinburgh | 12 months | SEP

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Full time


12 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Social Psychology

Course type


Course Summary

Programme description

This programme provides an opportunity for intensive advanced training in social psychology.

The staff involved in teaching and supervision include internationally recognised researchers from our Social Psychology group. Staff expertise covers a range of topics including perceptions of animals, sexism, collective action, romantic relationships, crowd behaviour, culture and identity, and use a variety of research methods to address their research interests (including both quantitative and qualitative approaches).

Programme structure

The programme comprises two semesters of taught core courses and an optional course, followed by a research dissertation conducted in close collaboration with an expert supervisor over the spring and summer months. In addition to topics specific to social psychology, the core courses cover advanced academic skills and research methodology, including research design, statistical modelling, and qualitative approaches. The optional course can be selected to tailor the programme to your interests. If you wish, you may choose the optional course from an associated area, such as individual differences, informatics, psycholinguistics, developmental or human cognitive neuroscience.

Career opportunities

The programme is relevant to students who 1) aspire to pursue a research-orientated career in social psychology, 2) are interested in undertaking a Professional Doctorate/Masters training programme in Clinical or Health Psychology, and/or 3) are interested in a wide variety of careers where it is valuable to be able to conduct sound social research, or to develop and evaluate practices and policies relating to social behaviour or thinking.

The programme teaches a broad range of transferable skills applicable to a wide range of modern jobs, such as research design, data management and processing, statistical modelling and interpretation, as well as the synthesis and communication of complex literatures.


Psychological Research Skills - General advanced research methodology

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Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in psychology or in a related discipline, with at least one advanced course in psychology studied.