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:
The School of Psychology at Queen’s is the only institute within the UK to offer a Political Psychology degree. It has a longstanding international reputation for its social psychological research on political issues. It is also situated in Belfast, a city which has experienced one of the most protracted conflicts in the world and, following the peace process, is now in the process of fostering cohesion between communities which have been divided for a long time. This context provides students with opportunities to apply their learning to real life political phenomena.
The course is designed to furnish you with knowledge and skills which would be useful when seeking to have a career in public policy or employment in Local or National Government, international and European organisations, political parties, the media, and lobby groups. It will also provide you with the research skills and knowledge to carry out a PhD in Political or Social Psychology or another cognate discipline and subsequently pursue an academic career.
Applicants must normally possess or expect to possess by admission to the course, a First Class or 2.1 Honours degree in Psychology or Political Sciences or in another relevant discipline. Students should apply online via the Direct Applications Portal on the Queen's University website. The application deadline for 2015 entry to the course is 30th June 2015.
To learn more, please contact the MSc Course Director Dr Lesley Storey.