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Social Cognition: Research and Applications MSc

This MSc focuses on how individuals construe the social world and the processes that underlie social judgment and behaviour. The programme draws on the research of outstanding academic staff working in the areas of social psychology, neuroscience, and cognitive psychology to provide unique, cutting-edge perspectives on humans as social beings.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
Overseas:
£22,350 (FT) £11,125 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
14 July 2015

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English language requirement: Good

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

The programme provides an understanding of how the human cognitive and neural systems have evolved to sustain social coordination and adaptation to the environment. Key topics include: social perception, motivation, attitudes, embodiment, social judgment and decision making, and social neuroscience.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Research Statistics
  • Social Neuroscience
  • Judgment and Decision-making
  • Social Cognition, Affect, and Motivation
  • Current Issues in Attitude Research
  • Understanding Individuals and Groups

Options

  • Programming for Cognitive Science
  • Consulting Psychology
  • Organisational Psychology
  • The Psychology of Health
  • Psychology and Education
  • Social Psychology
  • Human Learning and Memory
  • Principles of Cognition
  • Applied Decision-making
  • Knowledge, Learning, and Inference
  • <strong>Options may include the following</strong>:
  • The Brain in Action
  • Attention and Awareness
  • Current Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience III: Translational Research
  • Current Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience II: Elaborative and Adaptive Processes
  • Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience II: Neuroimaging
  • Business Psychology Seminars
  • Talent Management
  • Multimodal Communication and Cognition
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 8,000–10,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. The Division of Psychology & Language Sciences has advanced technology for the study of socio-cognitive processes, including fMRI, eye-, speech- and motion tracking equipment for dyadic and group settings, as well as a 360o video camera. Assessment is through coursework, online assessment and the dissertation.

Funding

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

Graduates have taken up positions in research, marketing, teaching, and management consultancy.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Google with Bon Apetit Food Management Company, Global Director of Food Choice Architecture, 2013,
  • Metropolitan Police, Major Incident Room, 2012,
  • Development and Behavioural Economics research projects in India, Project Associate, 2013,

Employability

On completion of this programme students will have acquired an understanding of the processes involved in the construction of the social reality, in particular how cognitive and affective processes guide social judgement and behaviour, and how these processes are implemented in the brain. The students will have acquired methodological skills to design and carry out socio-cognitive research, which will enable them to address real-world social problems and/or pursue an academic career. In addition, they will have acquired knowledge related to theoretical and philosophical issues underlying psychological research.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Division of Psychology & Language Sciences undertakes world-leading research and teaching in mind, behaviour, and language.

Our work attracts staff and students from around the world. Together they create an outstanding and vibrant environment, taking advantage of cutting-edge resources such as a behavioural neuroscience laboratory, a centre for brain imaging, and extensive laboratories for research in speech and language, perception, and cognition.

Opportunities for graduate students to work with world-renowned researchers exist in all areas of investigation, from basic processes to applied research. The division offers a supportive environment including numerous specialist seminars, workshops, and guest lectures.

Student / staff ratios › 145 staff › 661 taught students › 457 research students

Department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

Social cognition is a rapidly developing domain with implications for most areas of psychology (e.g. clinical psychology, cross-cultural psychology, health psychology, consumer psychology, educational psychology, organisational psychology, political psychology) and the programme will appeal to students with a background in these areas who are interested in social judgement and behaviour.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-07-14

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • why you want to study Social Cognition at graduate level
  • why you want to study Social Cognition at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this rigorous programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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