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Political Psychology MSc

Key information
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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Psychology Specialisations Politics

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

The MSc in Political Psychology is an exciting new programme exploring the relationships between political and psychological processes. It combines modules from the School of Psychology and the School of Politics and International Relations to offer a unique interdisciplinary focus on key current issues in political psychology. This programme explores the relationships between political and psychological processes. There is now a growing interest among researchers and policy makers in the psychological underpinnings of individual and group behaviour in the political arena. This programme is one of the very few in political psychology in the UK, and is designed to provide you with an advanced understanding and training in the psychological roots of political behaviour. Befitting a field that is growing in importance and relevance, the programme will provide a unique interdisciplinary focus on key current issues such as the nature of political ideologies, support for socio-political systems, perceptions of government, justice and inequality, beliefs in political conspiracies and political conflict and violence. Students entering this programme will gain a rigorous training embracing cutting-edge theories and models, alongside research and analytical skills with a strong focus on quantitative methods. The programme thus provides an excellent grounding for students interested in a variety of careers, including survey and consumer research, marketing, public relations, political communications and government. The programme combines modules from the School of Psychology and the School of Politics and International Relations, whose staff members work in the fields of social psychology, public opinion and international relations. As well as offering a range of modules, the programme involves a research project conducted under the supervision of expert staff from the two Schools. Upon completing our Master’s courses, our graduates have also pursued doctoral study and academic careers at higher education institutions.

Different course options

Full time | University of Kent | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP

Modules

This module complements the core programme module ('Political Psychology') by providing students with a detailed introduction to the nature and study of public opinion. Opinion and attitudes are central to the choices that citizens make and to the way they behave, which in turn are core outcomes in politics. Yet the nature and formation of those attitudes are complex, and shaped by a range of individual and contextual factors, which are central subjects within psychology. This module therefore brings together perspectives from both political science and psychology, in helping students to understand how citizens form attitudes and opinions, the processes and considerations that underpin attitude formation, the factors and actors that influence these formative processes and the effect that citizens? attitudes have on their behaviour. The module will also consider the principal ways in which we identify and measure public opinion. Underpinning the module will be the central question of whether the nature of citizens? opinions are consistent with the assumptions and demands of modern democratic states.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£7,500

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£16,200

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Students need to have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with: a. Adequate level of academic achievement. A final degree classification (grade average) of at least a 2.1 or Merit in the UK system (the second highest classification after First/Distinction). Results from institutions in other countries will be assessed individually according to this standard. Applicants with undergraduate degrees in psychology or political science are preferred and those with related social sciences or science degrees are considered on a case by case basis; b. Statistics and research methods training in the social sciences. This programme includes a one-year statistics sequence which you must normally pass in order to receive your award. The teaching assumes that you are familiar with the following topics: Means and standard deviations; Distributions, hypothesis testing and statistical significance; t-tests; Correlation coefficients; Variables and measurement. Therefore, your existing degree transcript should note that you have taken and passed a minimum of one term each in statistics and social science research methods courses (or two terms of a joint statistics and research methods course). All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.