MSc Social and Organisational Psychology
Full time 1 year
Part time 2 years
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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.
"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!"
Lin, MSc Social and Organisational Psychology . Lin
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To read more about these modules, visit the current students webpage. Please note: the modules on the current students page are reflective of what students are currently studying and are subject to change.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Further information is available through the Careers pages of the University’s Postgraduate Study website.
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.
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
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.
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
Tuition fees per year 2020/21
- UK/EU: £10,900 full-time; £5,450 part-time
- International: £22,500 full-time
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 £10,609 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
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 2020.
Please note that this scholarship isn't offered for all our masters programmes.
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