Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

Psychology (Political Psychology)

This programme adopts a predominantly critical social psychological approach and places a strong emphasis on understanding how political psychological concepts may operate in practice. It's aims are to: Provide a critical understanding of the historical development of political psychology from different epistemological, ideological and disciplinary perspectives and provide an advanced understanding of current theoretical debates within political psychology; enable students to engage in multidisciplinary dialogue and research; train students to use political psychological theories to formulate research questions relevant to current political phenomena and provide skills to apply political psychological theories and empirical findings in a number of different employment settings; provide skills to use appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods to address research questions as well as with the skills to interpret quantitative and qualitative data.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or above in Psychology or Political Sciences or in another relevant discipline, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. We also take relevant work experience into account as part of the selection process. Note: If the programme is oversubscribed, applications will be ranked based on quality of academic performance, references and relevant experience. Applicants may be required to undertake an interview. International students must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

Course modules

Modules include: Applying political psychology to current social issues; principles of qualitative research methods and data analyses 1; principles of qualitative research methods and data analyses 2; quantitative data analyses 1; quantitative data analyses 2; research design and professional skills; theoretical perspectives and focal issues in political psychology; understanding political behaviours: civic engagement, political participation and disempowerment.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods may include essays, critical reviews of the literature, proposals, reports of empirical projects, seminar presentations, plus the dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 3,466 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 10,730 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Queen's University Belfast Belfast BT7 1NN Northern Ireland

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