Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Social Psychology (PGT Conv) PSYCH5033

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This module provides a broad-based understanding of classic and contemporary psychological theory and research principles in the Social Psychology.



Requirements of Entry

Standard University entry requirements for Post-graduate courses apply.

For MSc Psychological Science 2:1 honours degree in a science subject.

Excluded Courses



Examination 100% (2 out of 3 questions).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to provide a broad-based understanding of classic and contemporary psychological theory and research in the Social Psychology which will cover key research in social thinking, influence, and inter-group behaviour.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Critically understand and have awareness of current issues in key social psychological research, including; appreciation of contemporary cross-cultural research; the role of minorities in social influence; the definition and categorisation of groups and group behaviour; critical appreciation of leadership; social influence and inter-group behaviour.

■ Critically evaluate major models and theories within social psychology, including social identity theory, social comparison theory, self-perception theory.

■ Summarise, criticise and discuss issues relating to classic and contemporary social psychological research.

■ Apply their specialist knowledge to real-world situations.

■ Analyse critically evidence where social psychology has helped solve an applied problem such as leadership education or prejudice.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.