- Our MSc Social and Organisational Psychology is one of only a few Masters programmes in the UK which is provided by researchers working at the cutting edge of both social and organisational psychology
- The programme is taught by a successful and dynamic group of researchers who, individually and collectively, enjoy a world-class reputation
- You will benefit not only from the friendly and supportive atmosphere, but also from high quality teaching and supervision, an exciting and international seminar series, and a wide variety of stimulating extracurricular activities and workshops
- Equips you with an array of skills which will enable you to function as an effective PhD student or as a professional researcher or practitioner in social psychology and organisational psychology
- The programme forms part of the Economic and Social Research Council South West Doctoral Training Centre - a hub of world-class social science research
Top 100 in the world for Psychology
QS World University Rankings 2020
85% of research classified as world-leading or internationally excellent
Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* or 3*
8th for Psychology in The Complete University Guide 2020
A major centre for cognitive, clinical and neuroscience research
Normally a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in Psychology. A degree in another discipline may be accepted if it included substantial content in Psychology, research methodology and statistics. Due to the nature of the programme we require applicants to have studied and achieved a 2:1 or equivalent in at least two statistics/research methods modules previously.
Social Psychology is my favourite part! I am looking forward to doing my research project on Social Psychology and being supervised by a great supervisor!
My research combines technological analysis of stone tools, sourcing studies of raw materials (lithics and clays), and intra-site and regional distributions of artefacts in order to explore the cultural taxonomies that organised and assessed the value of things and materials in the past.
MSc Social and Organisational Psychology
A distinguishing feature of the programme is its research apprenticeship, which will help you develop your research skills by allowing you to work alongside experienced researchers and/or practitioners and write up your findings in the form of a dissertation.
Although teaming up with a researcher within the department is generally advised, it is occasionally possible to engage in apprenticeships with organisations or people outside of the University, provided suitable co-supervision is established.
Past/current research partners include: Microsoft, IBM, Rentokil, the MoD, the NHS, the Met Office, the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, and Lane4 consultancy
Examples of previous research projects
Topics include: Social behaviour, animal welfare and enrichment, zoo research, animal cognition, navigation, sensory ecology, behavioural and evolutionary ecology, ecotoxicology.
Animals include: Fish (guppies, sticklebacks, killifish), mammals (primates, squirrels, whales, donkeys, dogs, meerkats, coyotes), birds (pigeons, chickens, pheasants, magpies, flamingoes, woodland and sea birds), invertebrates (crabs, honeybees, bumblebees, desert ants, wood ants).
Locations include: Streatham Campus (Exeter), Knysna Elephant Park (South Africa), Bristol Zoo, Budongo Forest (Uganda), Torquay Zoo & Aquarium, National Wildlife Research Center (Utah, USA), Dartmoor (Devon), Phana (Thailand), Trinidad, Newquay & Paignton Zoos, Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Kerala (India), Algarve (Portugal), Veracruz (Mexico), Cayo Santiago (Puerto Rico).
External research partners include: African Elephant Research Unit (South Africa), Bristol Zoo, Budongo Conservation Field Station (Uganda), Living Coasts (Torquay, Devon), National Wildlife Research Center (Utah, USA), Natural England, Phana Macaque Sanctuary (Thailand), University of West Indies, Whitley Wildlife Trust, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust.
UK fees per year:
£11,300 full-time; £5,650 part-time
International fees per year:
The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.
Teaching and research
How will I learn?
- Convenor-led discussions
- Talks from external speaker
- Student presentations
Learning from experts
Our staff are recognised internationally for their academic excellence, high quality research and applied output. They actively research the areas of psychology they teach, so their expertise feeds directly into our research-led programmes.
Each student is allocated a personal tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies. There is also a postgraduate tutor available to help with further guidance and advice.
External examiners have praised our imaginative variety of assessments, which include written examinations, essays, reports, seminar diaries, and written quizzes. The research project is assessed through either a dissertation or a research paper ready for submission to a journal
Throughout your study you will use a range of innovative teaching facilities, such as an online learning platform, various 24/7 computer pools and audio-visual suite, 24/7 library, study spaces, animal labs and specialised equipment. There are also extensive research facilities including eye tracking, EEG/ERP and TMS laboratories, audio-visual recording suite and an MRI scanner.
Employer-valued skills this course develops
The MSc Social and Organisational Psychology will equip you with an array of scientific and communication skills that will enable you to function as an effective PhD student, a professional researcher, or a practitioner in social and organisational psychology.
The degree will allow you to develop scientific and communication skills enabling progression into research, professional psychology, marketing, and business roles.
Exeter’s impressive reputation amongst graduate employers has helped postgraduates into successful careers in research, high technology industries, management, personnel, legal and advertising services, amongst others.
Our careers teams at the Career Zone can help guide you through a wealth of information to match your skills and interests to a career that will suit you. Our staff work with regional, national and international employers to develop new work placement, project and graduate opportunities.
Below are a few examples of initial jobs undertaken by graduates of our Psychology Masters programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2016/17. Please note that, due to data protection concerns, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.
Recent graduates are now working as:
- Canine Training and Behaviour Assistant
- Dietetic Support Worker
- English Teacher
- High school counsellor
- HR brands intern
- Independent Researcher
- Lab Assistant
- Lemur Trust Wildlife and Technology Trainee
- Meerkat volunteer
- Product developer
- Rehoming and Welfare Assistant
- Research Assistant
- Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
Recent graduates are now working for:
- Alexander Care
- AseraCare Hospice
- CAMHS Urgent Help Service
- Cardiff University
- Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre
- CIRCLE/Flamingo Land
- Codestone Group
- Devon Autism and ADHE Service
- Mercedes Benz
- Shanghai Foreign Service Co. Ltd.
- The Wellcome Trust
- University of Exeter Medical School
- University of Glasgow
Further study is a popular choice for a number of students following graduation from our Masters programmes. Below are a few examples of further study undertaken by recent graduates of our Psychology Masters programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2016/17. Please note that, due to data protection, the subjects of study and institutions are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.
- PhD Psychology
- Master of Applied Psychology
- MPH Psychology
- PhD Medical Studies
- PhD in Psychology
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