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MSc Social and Applied Psychology

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Full time | University of East Anglia UEA | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Applied Psychology

Course type


Course Summary

This MSc in Social and Applied Psychology combines research method training with in-depth study of social psychological topics. You’ll study prejudice and intergroup relations, identity, attitudes and decision-making, as well as applied social psychology and critical social psychology. You’ll get to grips with research methodologies for conducting social psychological research, including measuring implicit and explicit attitudes, interviews and focus groups, experimental design and field experiments.

One of the programme’s key strengths is the opportunity it gives you to experience modern psychological research methods first hand, and to undertake bespoke placements to acquire skills specific to your research aims. It will also equip you with the ability to understand research into social behaviour, prepare research proposals, and undertake your own original research, analysis and synthesis – all within one of current psychology’s most fast-moving and fundamental areas. Plus you’ll develop your transferable skills in oral and written communication, and in the analysis of complex data sets.

The programme includes compulsory modules to give you a solid grounding in the subject’s key areas, and optional modules, which you’ll select according to your specific interests. It builds towards a substantial piece of Master’s research, which you will undertake with the supervision of active researchers in the field. Before applying, we encourage you to contact our academics to discuss the topics you’re interested in researching and find out how we can help you explore those areas.


From the proliferation of social media to more traditional human encounters, we all take part in hundreds of social interactions every day. But how do they impact on the way we think, feel, and behave?

Our Social and Applied Psychology Master’s programme combines research methodology training with in-depth study of topics at the cutting-edge of the field. Among other things, it will equip you with the skills to understand research into social behaviour, and it will offer you an optional, tailored research placement, through which you can acquire and hone advanced research skills.?

You can complete the course in one year full-time or over two years part-time. It is ideal if you are a high-calibre psychology graduate, or a graduate of a related discipline. It is an excellent choice if you are preparing for a PhD in social psychology, or if you’re looking to pursue a career with a significant research element, such as at a university, in the third sector, or within government.?


This module gives you an introduction to some important techniques and software programs used in psychology data collection and analysis. You will receive guided hands-on experience. These skills are useful for your dissertation research, and will enhance your CV for job applications. You will learn how to conduct both systematic reviews and meta-analysis, gaining an understanding of how each technique can help you in your research. You will use E-Prime software to construct experiments, and have the option to learn MATLAB. MATLAB is a widely used programming language for data analysis, modelling and writing experiments. You will also learn about the Qualtrics Survey platform, presenting data clearly and using references. Your assessment will be essay based.

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Entry requirements

Students should have a Bachelors (Hons) degree - 2.1 or equivalent in Psychology or relevant discipline. Students should normally have a good undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, from a recognised higher education institution.

University information

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is a campus university on the outskirts of Norwich, situated within private, picturesque landscaped grounds that include woodland and a lake. It has a thriving student community of 15,000, over 4,000 of whom are postgraduates. As well as its stunning location that serves as an idyllic setting for learning, the university is known for its outstanding research, leading the way in many fields, notably in...more