MSc Social and Organisational Psychology 2018/19 entry

Duration Full time 1 year
Part time 2 years
  • Psychology
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September


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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 psychology 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.

The Masters programme will equip 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.

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. Some of our past/current research partners include Microsoft, IBM, Rentokil, the MoD, the NHS, the Met Office, the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, and Lane4 consultancy.

During my undergraduate course in Psychology at Exeter I was very impressed and fascinated by the work of social and organisational psychologists. During a gap year I worked for the University and became more appreciative and aware of what an excellent institution Exeter is and how great it would be to continue further study there. This Masters course is quite unusual and there are few institutions in the country that focus on social and organisational psychology and I was very keen to work with the academics in this area at Exeter. The support from the department as a member of the postgraduate community was fantastic.

I now work as a research psychologist for the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) as part of the Ministry of Defence where the skills, knowledge and expertise acquired during my degrees are invaluable and form a core part of the work I engage in.

Laura Spear, MSc Social and Organisational Psychology .

Programme structure 2018/19

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Research Apprenticeship

A distinctive feature of all our taught Masters programmes is the Research Apprenticeship. The Apprenticeship enables you to develop your research skills by working alongside experienced researchers or practitioners. You will also gain experience of writing up your research in the form of a dissertation.

Many students undertake their apprenticeship with researchers in our Psychology department, but apprenticeship opportunities may also be available outside the University. Current research partners of the group include Microsoft, IBM, Rentokil, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Transport, the NHS, the Met Office, the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and Lane4 consultancy.

Read the full module specification for the Research Apprenticeship.

Learning and teaching

Teaching is delivered in the form of both lectures and seminars. The latter include convenor-led discussions, talks from outside speakers, and student presentations.


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.

Exeter is one of the UK’s best universities, and has a core of world-leading social psychologists working here. I enjoyed the opportunity to work closely with leading academics at the University, which gave me a real flavour for the kind of cutting-edge research that is going on within the discipline.

Samuel Braide, MSc Social and Organisational Psychology.

I chose to study the MSc in Social and Organizational Psychology because I was keen to study the combination of social and organisational aspects of psychology.

The University has a good reputation, and the Psychology staff are recognised as being professional and world-class, in particular I found the teachers to be very experienced and knowledgeable. I have learnt a lot from my supervisor who has helped me to improve my research skills. I would recommend the course because the teachers are so helpful and nurture a passion for research and the study of Psychology.

The skills I have learnt help me to understand different aspects of psychology, to think about a subject and solve a problem properly. I participated in the SEEORG (Social, Economic, Environmental and Organisational Research Group) Talks nearly every week during the spring term which helped to increase my knowledge.

Since graduating, I have returned to my hometown to work at the administration of work safety. I would like to apply to a PhD programme in China in the future.

Yongjun Guo, MSc Social and Organisational Psychology graduate.


The University of Exeter has an enviable reputation amongst graduate employers, which has helped our postgraduates launch a variety of successful careers.

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.

Graduate destinations

Below are a few examples of initial jobs undertaken by graduates of our MSc Social and Organisational Psychology. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey (2011-2016). Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Job titleOrganisation
University Research Assistant
Global HR Assistant
Recruitment Researcher
Equality and Diversity Project Officer
Finance Assistant
Junior Business Psychological Accounts Assistant
Operations Manager Assistant
Executive Officer
Research and Information Assistant
HR Specialist
Junior Research Executive
Project Associate
Associate Research Fellow
Product Manager
MARYADI Group Education
Northstar Hub
University of Exeter
University of Münster
Zircon Management Consulting
Varpormatt Ltd
R K Shipman
State Research Information Technology Co Ltd
Glebe Healthcare
TRACECA Road Safety II EU Project
Cancer Research

Further study

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 MSc Social and Organisational Psychology. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey (2011-2016). Please note that, due to data protection, the subjects of study and institutions are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Subject areaInstitution
PhD Economics
PhD Organizational Studies
Certificate in HR
Diploma in Counselling
PhD in Management
PhD in Medical Studies
University of Münster
University of Warwick
Devon Counselling College
University of Exeter

Further information

Our excellent Careers and Employment Service provides invaluable support, advice and access to graduate employers. Visit the Career Zone pages for more information, including podcasts and profiles, about the range of support available.

Find out more about our career support schemes for postgraduate students.

I chose this MSc Social and Organisational Psychology at Exeter because it provided the rare opportunity to study both social and organisational psychology and because of the strong emphasis on research training. I found the programme great preparation for starting my PhD and the atmosphere in the School friendly and supportive.

Aisling O’Donnell, MSc Social and Organisational Psychology graduate and PhD Student

Entry requirements 2018/19

Normally a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in Psychology or a related discipline.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding 2018/19

Tuition fees per year 2018/19

  • UK/EU: £9,400 full-time; £4,700 part-time
  • International: £19,800 full-time

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.


Find out about funding opportunities available to students on our Psychology taught Masters programmes

University funding

The Scholarships, Bursaries and Studentships website has information on all available options for funding open to prospective students of taught Masters programmes. You can also use the searchable database of all Scholarships and Bursaries to find funding for which you are eligible.

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2018.

Contact us

If you have any queries about this programme, please contact:

Tel: +44 (0) 1392 724611

The Programme Director is Dr Teri Kirby.

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