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Psychology: Social Psychology (MSc)

Master of Science
Typical Offer
2:1 degree View full entry requirements
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2024

About this course

This MSc Psychology pathway is ideal if you have a strong interest in social psychology. You'll learn advanced research skills and techniques. You'll also have the opportunity to carry out both a research apprenticeship and a dissertation with mentorship from a social psychologist.

You'll study a variety of research methods using tools including the statistical software package R.

You'll explore developments in the field and gain in-depth knowledge of specific psychology topics, issues and methods.

The degree will teach you how to:

  • relate and apply your research to psychological issues
  • analyse and communicate complex ideas
  • creatively plan and manage projects

Our globally recognised researchers at the School of Psychology will support you in your learning. During your apprenticeship you'll work alongside them to get practical experience carrying out ongoing departmental research. You'll learn how to conduct studies, describe your findings and write up the results.

When you successfully complete this master's in social psychology you'll be ideally placed for a PhD in cognitive psychology or for a career in data science.

Flexible study

If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:

  • a part-time master's - study the same course content over 2 or more years

Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.

We regularly review our courses to ensure and improve quality. This course may be revised as a result of this. Any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when, and how we might make changes.

Our courses are regulated in England by the Office for Students (OfS).

Course lead

The course lead is Dr Pascal Burgmer, Lecturer in Psychology and member of the Centre for Research on Self and Identity. Dr Burgmer's research focuses on social perception and behaviours, such as trust, empathy, morality and lay beliefs and theories that people hold on these issues. Find out more on Dr Burgmer's staff profile.

Related pathways

If you'd prefer to focus your psychology studies in a different area you can choose from one of 3 other pathways:


Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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