MSc Social and Applied Psychology (Part Time)

Part Time
Degree of Master of Science

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 arm 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. Our MSc 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.


Our MSc in Social and Applied Psychology allows you to look at a range of the latest social issues through the lens of psychology. The programme combines research method training with in-depth study of social psychological topics. You’ll study prejudice and intergroup relations, identity, attitudes and decision-making, emotion and social cognition.  You’ll get to grips with research methodologies for conducting social psychological research, including experimental design, interviews and focus groups, questionnaire 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. At the end of this course you will be able to think like a social psychologist in seeking understanding of, and solutions to practical and theoretical problems.  

Course Structure

You’ll take two compulsory modules, complete a dissertation and have the choice of two optional modules.

Social Psychology Theory and Methods

In this module you will examine the scientific study of behaviour at an advanced level. You’ll expand your awareness of research topics and methods at the cutting-edge of social psychology. And you’ll delve into theoretical topics including prejudice and intergroup relations, identity, attitudes and decision-making, as well as applied social psychology and critical social psychology. You'll also learn a range of commonly used methods and practical skills for conducting social psychological research, including measuring implicit and explicit attitudes, interviewing and focus groups, experimental design and field experiments, plus digital tools and research ethics. At the end of the course you’ll have a good understanding of the topics social psychologists are interested in, and the way they approach their study.

Psychology Lab Skills

This module gives you an introduction to the techniques and software programmes used in psychology data collection and analysis. You will gain guided hands-on experience and acquire skills that you can put to use in your dissertation research. You will also learn how to conduct both systematic reviews and meta-analysis, gaining an understanding of how each technique can help you in your research. 


Your dissertation is your opportunity to demonstrate your ability to carry out a piece of independent research on a subject of your choosing. It also allows you to go into greater detail in the area that interests you most.

  • Conspiracy theory beliefs: The role of social identity and intergroup emotions
  • The effect of group status and power to reactions to derogatory comments about outgroup members
  • Motivating climate change mitigation efforts with availability heuristic priming
  • Are there gender differences in adolescents’ attentional biases towards empathic stimuli?

Optional modules

You will choose two optional modules to complement your studies and areas of interests. Exact modules offered will vary each year but usually include both quantitative and qualitative research options.

Research placement and professional skills

This optional module brings together our expert researchers and research organisations, along with our Careers Service, so that you gain both advanced practice knowledge and the skills you’ll need to increase your employability. In particular, you’ll have the opportunity to gain hands-on experienceand valuable contacts by undertaking a placement in an external setting. Your module leader will help and guide you in your search for a suitable placement organisation. The type of placement is flexible, as long as you’re able to demonstrate that you’ll be utilising your research skills.

Teaching and Learning

You’ll experience a wide range of teaching methods throughout the course, including lectures, seminars, workshops, research placements, and the hands-on use of state-of-the-art research equipment.

Independent Study

Your schedule will include timetabled classes, private study, completion of coursework assignments and preparation for sessions. You will also complete a major independent research project under expert supervision.


You’ll primarily be assessed through coursework, including critical reviews, research proposals and a research project.

After the course

This Master’s degree programme will equip you with advanced training in social psychology research methods. It’s the ideal preparation if you’re interested in studying for a PhD in Social Psychology, or a career with a significant research component, such as in a university, the third sector or within government.

Career destinations

  • Research associate
  • The third sector
  • Government setting

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of other course-related costs.

Course Modules 2020/1

Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module brings together UEA expert researchers, host research organisations and the careers service, offering you advanced knowledge of practical field and employability skills. In particular, the module provides the opportunity to gain hands on skills in real life settings. You will gain valuable employment skills and networks for your future career. You will seek placement organisations with Module leader help and guidance. The type of organisation can be flexible as long as you can demonstrate that you are using research skills. Placement admin and coordination takes place within the school.




You'll be provided with the opportunity to examine the scientific study of behaviour at an advanced level. This module will expand your awareness of research topics and methods at the cutting edge of social psychology. You'll also learn a variety of commonly used methods and practical skills for conducting social psychological research. At the end of the course you should have a good understanding of the topics social psychologists are interested in, and their approach to their study.



Students must study the following modules for 100 credits:

Name Code Credits


The dissertation element of the Master's programme offers you the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to carry out an independent piece of research on a subject of your choice in greater detail than any taught element of the programme can offer. It allows you to develop and display your skills in independent research, and demonstrate your depth of knowledge of a particular area of research. The dissertation should draw from material from other modules within the Master's programme.




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.



Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits


The course builds on coverage of qualitative methods in the Introduction to Social Sciences Research Methods module, where the focus is on developing critical analysis skills that cover a range of ways of gathering and analysing qualitative data.




This module will provide teaching on quantitative research methods, data analysis and the use of statistical software (SPSS). It will provide a grounding in applied statistics which will both develop critical appraisal skills for reading research and enable you to undertake SPSS data analysis.




Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Psychology or relevant discipline
  • Degree Classification Bachelors (Hons) degree - 2.1 or equivalent

Entry Requirement

Applicants should normally have a good undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, from a recognised higher education institution.

It is normal for undergraduate students to apply for entry to postgraduate programmes in their final year of study. Applicants who have not yet been awarded a degree may be offered a place conditional on their attaining a particular class of degree.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 6.5 in each component)
  • PTE (Pearson): 65 (minimum 58 in each component)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for the academic year 2020/21 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £6,500
  • International Students: £16,400

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for UK/EU students).

We estimate living expenses at £1,015 per month.


The University offers a variety of Scholarships each year to support students in their studies. Scholarships are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study.

Find out more about the Postgraduate Student Loan.


How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

To apply please use our online application form.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.


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