York Saint John University

York St John University

Community and Critical Social Psychology

In drawing together the complementary fields of community psychology and critical social psychology, we have sought to develop a course that will appeal to students who value a focus on social critique and social justice in conjunction with a rigourous and scholarly approach to the discipline of psychology. This course will enable them to take a fresh approach to psychology, involving a focus on critique of accepted ways of working within the discipline and engagements with pressing �real-world� concerns. Students will focus on understanding psychology in social context, and seek to provide novel perspectives and insights aimed at the achievement of social justice. This programme is unique in the UK in offering students the chance to explore these complementary areas within a single degree programme.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally have a 2.1 in Psychology or a closely related discipline, although in cases where exceptional performance on the final year project, mitigating circumstances or relevant employment can be demonstrated, applicants may be considered who have a 2.2. Applicants whose 1st degree is not in psychology will be accepted on a case-by-case basis to ensure that they have covered sufficient levels of psychology and research methods during their first degree. Applicants whose 1st language is not English should have IELTS at grade 6.5 or above (including a minimum of 6.5 in the writing component) or another acceptable English language qualification.

Course modules

Modules include: Critical social psychology; research methods; community psychology: principles and practice; psychological science: perspectives and practicalities; a dissertation module; students will also get practical experience of designing and conducting research, as well as the opportunity to undertake a placement involving the design of a community-based intervention.

Assessment methods

Assessment will take a number of different forms, including essays; brief reports; a presentation; a proposal for, and report on, a community intervention; a research proposal and an independent research project.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 5,700 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 10,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time - 3 years
PgCert Full-time - 1 years
PgCert Part-time - 3 years
PgDip Full-time - 1 years
PgDip Part-time - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
York St John University York YO31 7EX Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Telephone number: 
01904 876598