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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 judgement and behaviour. The programme draws on the research of outstanding academic staff working in the areas of social cognition, social endocrinology, socio-cognitive neuroscience, and judgement and decision-making to provide unique, cutting-edge perspectives on humans as social beings.

Key Information and Fees

Content

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

 
Location: London, Bloomsbury

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.

Department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

Student / staff ratios › 181 staff including 173 postdocs › 780 taught students › 440 research students

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences
83% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

The MSc in Social Cognition focuses on how individuals construe the social world and the processes that underlie social judgment and behaviour. It 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. 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. 

 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, organizational psychology, political psychology etc.). This degree programme integrates cutting-edge knowledge from social psychology, cognitive psychology, and social neuroscience to develop an understanding of social judgment and behaviour. 

The division of psychology 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.

Structure

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (total of 90 credits), two optional modules (total of 30 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits). All modules have the value of 15 credits (apart from the dissertation).

The two specialist optional modules will be selected from a wide list of options. The options and research project will allow students tailor the programme with an emphasis in basic and applied social cognition, social judgment and decision making or social neuroscience. In addition, they will be able to profit from UCL’s and London’s vibrant research environment in decision-making, cognition and neuroscience, with regular scientific meetings that attract leading international experts.

Teaching and Assessment
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, examination and the dissertation.

Dissertation
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 words max.

CORE MODULES:

The programme has the following obligatory components:

CodeTitle Value      Examination      
PSYCGS01Understanding Individuals and Groups 151 seen essay
PSYCGS02Social Cognition, Affect and Motivation 151 seen essay
PSYCGS03Current Issues in Attitude Research 152 pieces of coursework
PSYCGS04Social Neuroscience 152 pieces of coursework
PSYCGR01Generic Skills Research (Statistics) 153 unseen tests
PSYCGS05Social Cognition Research Methods15

Research paper and Research exercise

PSYCGS99Dissertation 6012,,000 words maximum

OPTIONAL MODULES:

In addition, students register for two optional modules (each worth 15 credits) in consultation with the programme director, subject to availability and space. The range of optional modules available can vary from year to year. As a good guide to the optional modules available, the range of optional modules offered to students in the previous academic year included those shown below. Although this give a good guide and we endeavour to keep modules running, we cannot guarantee that each of these modules will be offered in the coming academic year. If you are interested in a particulary module, please contact the programme administrator who should be able to advise you on its likely availability. 

CodeTitle ValueExamination
PSYCGD04Knowledge, Learning, & Inference15 1  seen essay
PSYCGD03Judgment and Decision Making 15 1 seen essay
PSYCGD02Principles of Cognition15 1  seen essay
PSYCG201Applied Decision-Making15 1  seen essay
PSYCG207Human Learning and Memory 15 1  seen essay
PSYCG102Social Psychology15 1  seen essay
PSYCG109The Social Psychology of Risk 15  1  seen essay
PSYCG209Cognitive Neuroscience 15  1  seen essay
PSYCGC08Current issues in cognitive neuroscience II: Elaborative and adaptive processes 15 1 seen essay
PSYCGC09Current Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience III: Translational Research 15 1 seen essay
PSYCG108 Organisational Psychology  15  1 seen essay
PSYCGB02 Talent Management  15 1 seen essay details to follow
PSYCGB01Consulting Psychology 15 1 seen essay details to follow
PSYCGB03 Business Psychology Seminars        15 1 seen essay details to follow
PSYCGD05Programming for Cognitive Science 15 Design a programme
PSYCG210The Brain in Action15 1 seen essay
 PSYCGB04Consumer Behaviour 15 Oral presentation, seen essay
Staff

Programme Director and module convenor (Affect and Motivation)  Ana Guinote 

Module Convenor (Understanding Individuals and Groups) Eva Krumhuber

Module Convenor (Social Neuroscience) Antonia Hamilton

Module Convenor (Social Cognition: Research Methods) Lasana Harris

Module convenor (Statistics) Maarten Speekenbrink

Course Administrator Pia Horbacki

Application and Entry

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

 
Location: London, Bloomsbury

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 many areas of psychology - clinical, cross-cultural, health, consumer, educational, organisational, and political - and the programme will appeal to students with a background in these areas and an interest in social judgement and behaviour.

Application deadlines
All applicants
2 March 2018
 

For more information see our Applications page.

Apply now
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.

 

Applicants should be informed of outcomes towards the end of April 2018.

 

When looking at applications we also look to see if students have some understanding of quantitative research methods. We may also consider students from other disciplines where additional relevant experience or qualifications will also be taken into account when considering applications.  

References - Please note that an applicant should submit an application with referee contact details. After you have submitted an application your referees will be contacted by UCL requesting a reference.

Graduate Student Loans are now available to UK/EU students. For further information: 

https://www.gov.uk/studentfinancesteps

Careers

Students on this programme will acquire skills and knowledge relevant  to careers in marketing, consumer behaviour, political behaviour, leadership, and intergroup conflict. It should also appeal to students who have an interest in pursuing research in social cognition, social neuroscience, or social psychology. 

Social cognition is the field in social psychology that has the biggest impact on other areas of psychology, such as clinical psychology, cross-cultural psychology, health psychology, consumer psychology, educational psychology, organizational psychology, political psychology. Social cognition has developed measures and expertise now widely used to estimate people’s attitudes, self-esteem, prejudice level, or to reduce discrimination. Social neuroscience is one of the fastest growing areas in psychology.

Destinations of past masters graduates include:

  • Working for IFMR-LEAD who combines parts of behavioural economics with development economics based in India. A research firm providing evidence via RCT's and quasi-experiments for development across rural India. They host J-PAL in India - the research institute started by Esther Duflo and Abhijit Bannerjee based out of MIT and Harvard. Currently working on a project across one of the states in Northern India which aims to measure the effect of access to credit on business decision-making for micro to small enterprises
  • Research assistant on the Olympic Regeneration in East London (ORiEL) study.
  • Internship at the World Health Organisation in Geneva working on the classification of neurological disorders, followed by a three month internship at a management consultancy firm
  • Research Assistant at Kozminski University in Warsaw the perception of small probability events and cognitive effort as a factor influencing framing effects.
  • Doctorate at University of Manchester in counselling psychology.  
  • Psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy diploma at the Manor House Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling.
  • Revising thesis (from the course) for publication.
  • Senior research administrator at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London.
  • Financial Services.
  • Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) tutor at a school for autistic children
  • Teaching Assistant at UCL's department of Management Science and Innovation as dissertation supervisor and personal tutor for undergraduates.
  • TeachFirst.
  • Contractor as a Research Analyst for a Consultancy company.
  • Latin America project department of a children's global development NGO
  • Research in Social Neuroscience.
  • Freelance consultant for an artificial intelligence company developing experimental/psychological paradigms and data analyses (e.g. statistical analysis of behavioural data).
  • Researcher in recruitment consultancy.
  • Management Consultancy graduate scheme.
  • Consulting company specialising in Social and Behaviour Change Strategy for the governmental, NGO and development sectors, and clients include the British Department for International Development, USAID, The World Health Organisation and Ogilvy Public Relations.
  • Technology consulting firm within the Management Consultancy department.
  • Project Manager at a Management Consultancy firm.
  • Graduate) Business Consultant in a leading IT company.
  •  Project Associate for Development and Behavioural Economics research projects in India. The projects are headed by Harvard University in collaboration with the Institute of Financial Management Research in Chennai (IFMR). They are randomized controlled trails- one is on nutrition, productivity and decision making and the other is on the impact of alcohol consumption on economic outcomes.
  • Police department working on Major Enquiries based in the Major Incident Room. Registering and indexing information on crimes, raise and result actions and extracting information.
  • Global Director of Food Choice Architecture at Google with Bon Apetit Food Management Company;
  • A branding agency as a research analyst and project management looking largely at consumer behaviour.
  • Behaviour Change Associate with Tulodo Ltd;
  • Behaviour Change Associate with BehaviourChange Ltd (UK)
  • Behaviour Change Strategist in Child and Maternal Health (Laos), Pasifika / The World Health Organisation;
  • Behavioural Researcher at OgilvyChange (in the UK), in 2013
  • Senior Solutions Designer with MindGym
  • Insights Manager with The Girl Hub Rwanda;
  • Market research associate.
  • Market research company.
  • HR
  • Data co-ordinator for a charter school in Colorado; Denver School of Science and Technology.
  • TIME Analyst.
  • Volunteering as a drug recovery officer

PhDs

Many students go onto pursue PhDs such as:

  • Northumbria University investigating the dysfunctional self-perception in people with sleep disturbances using methods such as face morphing, and eye-tracking,
  • UCL Decision-Making
  • UCL the Center for the Study of Decision-Making Uncertainty
  • UCL Financial Decision Making
  • UCL Non-Verbal Communication and Deception Detection
  • Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands Social Cognition
  • Queen Mary University of London “Online Social Networking and Adolescent Mental Health"
  • UCL, department of Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology researching autism and social cognition 2015
  • PhD at Queen Mary University of London “Online Social Networking and Adolescent Mental Health". Also working as a research assistant on the Olympic Regeneration in East London (ORiEL) study. Data for the PhD comes from the ORiEL study 3,105 adolescents in East London. The ORiEL project aims to evaluate the impact of urban regeneration on young people and their families and is a multidisciplinary project being carried out between Queen Mary University, The London School of Hygeine and Tropical Medicine and University of East London.
  • PhD at German Sport University Cologne in the Department of Performance Psychology. Responsible for a 3-year-project called "Flexibility in Multitasking: The Impact of Predictability on Visuomotor Performance" conducting tracking experiments and driving simulations in dual-task conditions. The project is a sub-project of 22 projects nationwide looking at "Human performance under multiple cognitive task requirements: From basic mechanisms to optimized task scheduling. 2015
Contact

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

 
Location: London, Bloomsbury

Application and next steps


Register interest in your chosen subjects.
Receive notice of graduate open days, events and more.

Register your interest

Please note that all queries sent to pgpsychadmissons@ucl.ac.uk will be answered by Siobhan Moore
If you would like any further information you can contact any of the following people:

Programme Director: email: Ana Guinote phone: (+44 20) 7679 5378 who can advise on course content

Course Administrator: email: Irene Symeonidou phone: (+44 20) 7679 5335) who can advise on the application process

FAQs

What are the term time dates?

For further information on term dates please visit: Term Dates Main teaching is the the 1st and 2nd term. During the 3rd term there is no teaching as this period is for development on the research project as well as other coursework submissions.  

Information on Scholarships/funding:

Unfortunately there is very little on offer in terms of funding for this course. For information, please visit: Scholarships/Funding

 

Are there any prerequisites to enable entry to this course?

No. There are no prerequisites. We do however, make aware that the Statistics module is set at an advanced level and advise that those without any statistical experience may find this difficult.  Pre-course reading is encouraged: Charles M. Judd, Gary H. McClelland, and Carey S. Ryan,  "Data Analysis: A Model Comparison Approach" (2 edition), Routledge, 2008. (for further information, please visit: Data Analysis This book covers almost all the module content for 2011-12 and is the recommended book. Alternatively you can also refer to 'Discovering Statistics with SPSS' by Andy Field 

What do our students say?

Amanda "The teaching methods of the staff go beyond exam and assessment preparation. Their enthusiasm as they deliver lecture content instils the value of learning as an end in itself. I admire the multidimensional structure of the course as I continue to develop skills which can be applied within the field of psychology and across a number of career paths. The departmental staff are extremely supportive and they have created a highly engaging learning environment.”

Zahra “For me the Social Cognition master was the first window into understanding the social brain in an appropriate way. It helped me to develop my ideas as a prospective social neuroscientist. It made my dreams to come true. This master provided me with the basic knowledge of social psychology as well as the neuroscience.”

What other Master's programmes, Research programmes or Professional Doctorates are available within the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences?

For further information, please visit? Masters, PhD's or Professional Doctorates

Can you offer any advice on student accommodation?

Accommodation is dealt with by UCL Residencies. For further information and contacts, please visit: Accommodation

If I meet academic requirement how likely am I to be accepted?

We would be unable to answer this question as we would need to see a complete application. Most students who apply do meet the entry requirement so it is important to view your personal statement, references and grades on your transcript.

Can I send in my CV and/or covering letter for advice on whether I am likely to be successful?

No. We will only consider a full application.

If I have 2:2 in my degree but have relevant experience, will I still be considered for the course?

No. It is a minimum of 2:1 or equivalent in your degree..

What should I include in my personal statement? How long should it be?

For further information please visit: Personal Statement Information

Do you have any Open Days?

No

I'm in my final year of my degree. Can I still apply even though I do not know my final grade?

Yes. If you are made an offer it will be conditional that you receive a 2:1 for your final award.

The grading system for my degree is different to that of the UK. How can I check the equivalent grades for the UK?

For International Equivalencies, please look under 'Application and Entry'. Then select your country for equivalent alternative requirements.

Do you have an entrance exam?

No

Do you consider GRE results?

No

Once I have completed my application, can I change my referee?

Yes. You can do this via the online Applicant Portal.
Once logged in, you should be able to see that the status of your application is ‘Application Incomplete – Pending References’. If you click on the ‘View’ button next to this status, you will be taken through to a screen where you can see which reference (if either) has been uploaded. If we have not received a reference from one of the referees, you will be given three options: to amend the contact details for the referee (in case you made a typo when inputting the referee’s e-mail address), to replace an existing referee with a new one or to resend the reference request e-mail (a maximum of one per day). 

How can I apply for a PhD?

Thinking about doing a PhD?   

Information on how to apply for a PhD

Recommended Reading

MSc in Social Cognition: Research and Applications - Key readings

Books:

  • Forgas, J.P. (Ed.) (2006). Affect, cognition and social behaviour. New York: Psychology Press
  • Harmon-Jones, E. & Winkielman, P. (2007). Social Neuroscience. Integrating biological and psychological explanations of social behavior. Guilford Press. New York
  • Maio, G. R., & Haddock, G. G. (2010).  The Psychology of Attitudes and Attitude Change.  London, UK: Sage.
  • Moskowitz, G.B. Social Cognition: Understanding Self and Others. NY, NY: The Guilford Press, 2005.
  • Vohs, Kathleen D. & Roy F. Baumeister (2010), Handbook of Self-Regulation: Research, Theory, and Applications (2nd edition). New York, NY: Guilford. [if this book is not out, check first edition by Baumeister & Vohs]

Articles:

  • Alicke, M., & Sedikides, C. (2009). Self-enhancement and self-protection: What they are and what they do. European Review of Social Psychology, 20, 1–48.
  • Balcetis, E., & Dunning, D. (2006). See what you want to see: Motivational influences on visual perception. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 91, 612-625
  • Baumeister, R.F., & Leary, M.R. (1995). The need to belong: Desire for interpersonal attachments as a fundamental human motivation. Psychological Bulletin, 117, 497-529.
  • Baumeister, R.F., Bratslavsky, E., Muraven, M., & Tice, D.M. (1998). Ego depletion: Is the active self a limited resource? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 74, 1252-1265.
  • Brass, M., Ruby, P. & Spengler, S. (2009). Inhibition of imitative behaviour and social cognition. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, B, 364, 2359-2367.
  • Carver, C. S. (2006). Approach, avoidance, and the self-regulation of affect and action. Motivation and Emotion, 30, 105-110.  
  • Cialdini, R. B. (1995). Principles and techniques of social influence. In A. Tesser (Ed.), Advanced social psychology (pp. 257-281). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum
  • Devine, P. G. (1989). Stereotypes and prejudice: Their automatic and control components. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 56, 5-18.
  • Devine, P. G., & Sharp, L. B. (2009). Automatic and controlled processes in stereotyping and prejudice. In T. Nelson (Ed.), Handbook of prejudice,stereotyping, and iscrimination (pp.61-82). New York: Psychology Press.
  • DeWall, C. N., Maner, J. K., & Rouby, D. A. (2009). Social exclusion and early-stage interpersonal perception: Selective attention to signs of acceptance. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 96, 729-741.
  • Dovidio, J. F., Kawakami, K., & Gaertner, S. L. (2002). Implicit and explicit prejudice and interracial interaction. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82, 62-68.
  • Gable, P. A., & Harmon-Jones, E. (2008). Approach-motivated positive affect reduces breadth of attention. Psychological Science, 19, 476-482.
  • Gawronski, B., & Bodenhausen, G. V. (2006). Associative and propositional processes in evaluation: An integrative review of implicit and explicit attitude change. Psychological Bulletin, 132, 692-731.
  • Greenwald, A. G., McGhee, D. E., & Schwartz, J. K. L. (1998). Measuring individual differences in implicit cognition: The Implicit Association Test. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 74, 1464-1480.
  • Guinote,A., Judd,C.M., Brauer,M. (2002). Effects of power on perceived and objective group variability: Evidence that more powerful groups are more variable. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 82, 708-721
  • Maio, G. R., & Haddock, G. (2007). Attitude change. In A. W. Kruglanski & E. T. Higgins (Eds.), Social psychology: Handbook of basic principles (2nd Edition, pp. 565-586). New York: Guilford.
  • Markus, H.R., & Kunda, Z. (1986). Stability and malleability of the self-concept. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 51, 858-866.
  • Mussweiler, T. (2003). Comparison processes in social judgment: Mechanisms and consequences. Psychological Review, 110, 472–489.
  • Rizzolatti, Giacomo; Craighero, Laila (2004). The mirror-neuron system. Annual Review of Neuroscience, 27, 169–192.
  • Rydell, R. J., & McConnell, A. R. (2006). Understanding implicit and explicit attitude change: A systems of reasoning analysis. Journal ofPersonality and Social Psychology, 91, 995-1008.
  • Schwarz, N. (1999). Self-reports: How the questions shape the answers.American Psychologist, 54, 93- 105.
  • Schwarz, N., & Bohner, G. (2001). The construction of attitudes. In A. Tesser & N. Schwarz (Eds.), Blackwell handbook of social psychology: Intrapersonal processes (pp. 436-457). Oxford, UK: Blackwell.
  • Schwarz, N., & Clore, G.L. (2003). Mood as information: 20 years later. Psychological Inquiry,14, 296-303.
  • Smith, E. R., & DeCoster, J. (2000). Dual process models in social and cognitive psychology: Conceptual integration and links to underlying memory systems. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 4 108-131.
  • Winkielman, P., & Cacioppo, J.T. (2001). Mind at ease puts a smile on the face: Psychophysiological evidence that processing facilitation leads to positive affect. Journal of Personality and SocialPsychology, 81, 989–1000.
  • Zajonc, R.B. (2001). Mere exposure: A gateway to the subliminal. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 10, 224–228.

Generic Research Skills (Statistics):

  • Charles M. Judd, Gary H. McClelland, and Carey S. Ryan,  "Data Analysis: A Model Comparison Approach" (2 edition), Routledge, 2008. (http://www.dataanalysisbook.com/)

Methods:

  • Reis, H., & Judd, C.M. (Eds.). (2000). Handbook of research methods in social and personality psychology. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

On-line overviews of methods (for non-psychology students)

http://www.csulb.edu/~msaintg/ppa696/696menu.htm#PPA%20696

http://gsociology.icaap.org/methods/books.htm

http://www.socialresearchmethods.net/kb/index.htm

Social Cognition Research Methods:

Text-book for the course:

  • Morling, B. (2015). Research Methods in Psychology: Evaluating a world of information. (2nd Edition). W.W. Norton & Co.: New York: NY.

Key readings (papers):

  • Aronson, E., Wilson, T. D., & Brewer, M. B. (1998). Experimentation in social psychology. In Gilbert, Daniel T. (Ed); Fiske, Susan T. (Ed); Lindzey, Gardner (Ed), (1998). The handbook of social psychology, Vols. 1 and 2 (4th ed.). , (pp. 99-142). New York, NY, US: McGraw-Hill, x, 1085 pp.
  • Baron, R. M., & Kenny, D. A. (1986). The moderator–mediator variable distinction in social psychological research: Conceptual, strategic, and statistical considerations. Journal of personality and social psychology, 51(6), 1173.
  • Fiedler, K. (2011). Voodoo correlations are everywhere—not only in neuroscience. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 6(2), 163-171. 
  • Kriegeskorte, N., Simmons, W. K., Bellgowan, P. S., & Baker, C. I. (2009). Circular analysis in systems neuroscience: the dangers of double dipping. Nature neuroscience, 12(5), 535-540. 
  • Ollinger, J. M., Shulman, G. L., & Corbetta, M. (2001). Separating processes within a trial in event-related functional MRI: I. The method. Neuroimage, 13(1), 210-217. 
  • Ollinger, J. M., Corbetta, M., & Shulman, G. L. (2001). Separating processes within a trial in event-related functional MRI: II. Analysis. Neuroimage, 13(1), 218-229.
  • Simmons, J. P., Nelson, L. D., & Simonsohn, U. (2011). False-positive psychology undisclosed flexibility in data collection and analysis allows presenting anything as significant. Psychological science, doi: 0956797611417632. 
  • Vul, E., Harris, C., Winkielman, P., & Pashler, H. (2009). Puzzlingly high correlations in fMRI studies of emotion, personality, and social cognition. Perspectives on psychological science, 4(3), 274-290.

Key readings (books):

  • Creswell, J. (2013). Research Design. Sage Publication, 4th edition.
  • Fiske, S. T. & Taylor, S. E. (2014). Social Cognition: From brains to culture. Sage Publication, 2ndedition.
  • Cummings, G. (2012). Understanding the New Statistics: Confidence Intervals, Effect Sizes, and Meta-Analyses. Routledge, New York: NY.

Understanding Individuals and Groups

  • Gordon Moskowitz, Social cognition: Understanding self and others
Part-Time Studying

Part Time Studying

Part-time students will take two years to complete this degree. You will be expected to attend 1-2 days a week for core modules (2 days in Year 2, Term 1). You will also need to attend lectures for your optional module which may mean that you are in college for an additional day (half day). You will also be expected to devote extra time for private study.

Work on your research project should be spread out over 2 years and students are strongly encouraged to make substantial inroads in to it in their first year.   

Part-time students can sometimes find the start of the course overwhelming, and feel that they are missing out by not attending the other modules, or because they do not have as much time as other students for reading or attending optional departmental seminars.  Try not to let this worry you too much.  You will soon find that there are some advantages to doing the course in two years (e.g. project is more spread out), and you will go in to your second year with the confidence of knowing that you have far more background knowledge than your newly-arrived full time peers.

What part-time students will complete over the two years:

First Year

* Term 1: ONE core module: Stats (Attend Monday).

* Term 2: TWO core modules: Social Cognition Research Methods and Social Neuroscience (Attend Wednesday) and ONE optional module. You can choose a module that starts in Term 1 in which case you don’t have to do any in Term 2.

* Term 3: Main Research Project (to be completed by end of second year).

By the end of Year 1 you will have completed: 3 core modules and 1 optional module.

Second Year

* Term 1: TWO core modules: Social Cognition; Affect and Motivation (Attend Wednesday). Understanding Individuals and Groups (Attend Thursday).

* Term 2: ONE core module: Current Issues in Attitudes and Research (Attend Monday), and ONE optional module. You can choose a module that starts in Term 1 in which case you don’t have to do any in Term 2.

* Term 3: Work on main project due in August.

By the end of Year 2 you will have completed an additional 3 core modules and 1 optional module.

Fees and Funding

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Graduate Student Loans are now available to UK/EU students. For further information: 

https://www.gov.uk/studentfinancesteps

Student Destinations

Many students go onto pursue PhD’s: - Northumbria University investigating the dysfunctional self-perception in people with sleep disturbances using methods such as face morphing, and eye-tracking, UCL decision-making, UCL the Centre for the Study of Decision-Making Uncertainty, UCL Financial Decision Making, UCL Non-Verbal Communication and Deception Detection, Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands on Social Cognition, psychology at Edinburgh University.

- PhD at Queen Mary University of London “Online Social Networking and Adolescent Mental Health". Also working as a research assistant on the Olympic Regeneration in East London (ORiEL) study. Data for the PhD comes from the ORiEL study 3,105 adolescents in East London. The ORiEL project aims to evaluate the impact of urban regeneration on young people and their families and is a multidisciplinary project being carried out between Queen Mary University, The London School of Hygeine and Tropical Medicine and University of East London.

- Research Assistant at Kozminski University in Warsaw the perception of small probability events and cognitive effort as a factor influencing framing effects.

- Doctorate at University of Manchester in counselling psychology.  

- Psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy diploma at the Manor House Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling.

- Revising thesis (from the course) for publication.

- Senior research administrator at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London.

- Financial Services.

- Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) tutor at a school for autistic children

- Teaching Assistant at UCL's department of Management Science and Innovation as dissertation supervisor and personal tutor for undergraduates.

- TeachFirst.

- Contractor as a Research Analyst for a Consultancy company.

- Latin America project department of a children's global development NGO

- Research in Social Neuroscience.

- Freelance consultant for an artificial intelligence company developing experimental/psychological paradigms and data analyses (e.g. statistical analysis of behavioural data).

- Researcher in recruitment consultancy.

- Management Consultancy graduate scheme.

- Consulting company specialising in Social and Behaviour Change Strategy for the governmental, NGO and development sectors, and clients include the British Department for International Development, USAID, The World Health Organisation and Ogilvy Public Relations.

- Technology consulting firm within the Management Consultancy department.

- (Graduate) Business Consultant in a leading IT company.

 - Project Associate for Development and Behavioural Economics research projects in India. The projects are headed by Harvard University in collaboration with the Institute of Financial Management Research in Chennai (IFMR). They are randomized controlled trails- one is on nutrition, productivity and decision making and the other is on the impact of alcohol consumption on economic outcomes.

- Police department working on Major Enquiries based in the Major Incident Room. Registering and indexing information on crimes, raise and result actions and extracting information.

- Global Director of Food Choice Architecture at Google with Bon Apetit Food Management Company;

- A branding agency as a research analyst and project management looking largely at consumer behaviour.

- Behaviour Change Associate with Tulodo Ltd;

- Behaviour Change Associate with BehaviourChange Ltd (UK)

- Behaviour Change Strategist in Child and Maternal Health (Laos), Pasifika / The World Health Organisation;

- Behavioural Researcher at OgilvyChange (in the UK), in 2013

- Senior Solutions Designer with MindGym

- Insights Manager with The Girl Hub Rwanda;

- Market research associate.

- Market research company.

- TIME Analyst.