Bournemouth University

Bournemouth University

Political Psychology

This new course offers a unique opportunity to study how psychological insights can throw light on politics. Students study the roots of political violence; what drives shifts in public opinion; why some people become activists, while others never get involved. Applicants study how propaganda works. The course covers the appeal of the political ideologies to which some devote their lives and what makes for effective political leadership. Applicants study the future of democracy.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree, 2.1 or above or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as politics, psychology, or other social science/humanities subject if you are able to demonstrate appropriate engagement with politics.

Course modules

All years: Issues and debates in political psychology; psychological dimensions of democracy; the psychology of political fundamentalism and violence; research imagination; dissertation; plus 1 optional unit chosen from; social theory and political communication; political journalism; political marketing and campaigning; diplomacy and international relations; media, social cohesion and extremism; media and crisis; youth culture and media.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Talbot Campus Poole BH12 5BB South West

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