The Centre for Research in Political Psychology (CResPP) at the School of Psychology, Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) offers an MSc in Political Psychology, the first in the UK.
Political Psychology is a growing inter-disciplinary sub-field drawing on insights from a number of disciplines including Psychology, Political Science and History.. It is concerned with understanding political issues and phenomena by exploring how socio-political contexts and institutions are affected by and affect individual and collective cognitions and behaviours. It addresses questions such as:
- How are public opinions formed and mobilised?
- How do political leaders make decisions?
- What are the social influences which determine how diverse groups within nations and across nations relate to each other?
- Why and under what circumstances do people commit violent political acts and mass killings?
- What is the role of the media in influencing political cognitions and behaviours?
- Why are some inter-group conflicts intractable and protracted?
- How do we build peace?