Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

The broad spectrum of psychology examines the ways in which human beings think, feel, behave and interact. Study Applied Social Psychology at Royal Holloway and you will develop an advanced understanding of human social interactions, their origins and their impact on the individual, and equip yourself with knowledge of cutting-edge developments and issues in applied social psychology.

You will join a vibrant research community with access to an on-site MRI scanner for studying brain structure and activity, EEG machines, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) equipment, technology for tracking eye movements, software for creating virtual reality environments and a dedicated baby lab for studying the development of young infants. You will be part of a friendly, welcoming department with an excellent staff-to-student ratio, learning through a combination of seminars, lectures and research led by our expert academics.

You will graduate with an MSc degree from an internationally leading department, and acquire a range of analytical, methodological and communication skills crucial for PhD study. Follow your passion for Applied Social Psychology at Royal Holloway and you will be well-placed to achieve a rewarding career in your chosen field.

Teaching and learning is delivered primarily through sessions lasting between one-and-a-half and five hours. These typically combine seminar discussions with practical exploration or workshops. Where possible, these will be student-led, with participants encouraged to devise exercises engaging with the relevant issues and to direct fellow-students in these experiments. We place emphasis on group discussion and the development of independent thought and analysis appropriate to carry out an independent piece of research of high quality, in an area of interest to you. In some contributing modules, you will give oral presentations which form part of the formative assessment. Summative assessment is usually by extended essay, although there are written exams for modules focussing on methodology and statistics.

Graduates in Applied Social Psychology at Royal Holloway are well equipped to progress to further PhD study and to careers in applied settings in commercial and governmental organisations. You will graduate with a desirable MSc degree from one of the UK?s top psychology departments and develop a range of transferable skills including analysis and interpretation of numerical data, insight into human behaviour, critical reading, conducting ethical research and managing research projects.

Start Date:

The study period is between 2-5 years..

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £9,200 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £9,200 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £17,400 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £4,600 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £4,600 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £8,700 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have 2:1 honours degree in Psychology or a related Social Science subject with evidence of having taken and passed methodological and statistics training at degree level. Normally we require a UK 2:1 (Honours) or equivalent in relevant subjects but we will consider high 2:2 or relevant work experience, provided students can demonstrate that they have achieved 2:1 level or equivalent in statistics and research method modules. Candidates with professional qualifications in an associated area may be considered. Where a ?good 2:2? is considered, we would normally define this as reflecting a profile of 57% or above.
  • International entry requirements: Students will require: IELTS: 6.5 overall (Writing 7.0). No other subscore lower than 5.5; Pearson Test of English: 61 overall (Writing 69). No other subscore lower than 54; Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE): ISE III; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) grade C.