Psychology can make a vital contribution to developing answers to these and many other questions of importance to all those interested in the future of their societies. Political psychology is a well-established branch of psychology, yet there are very few places in the world where a Master’s in the subject can be taken. Bournemouth University is now offering such a course, based on the in-depth expertise of the team who will provide it.
The Political Psychology programme at Bournemouth University leader is Professor Barry Richards, who has over 30 years’ experience of research and writing in this field, from his edited collection ‘Capitalism and Infancy’ in 1984 to his forthcoming book ‘What is Holding Us Together?’. He has been a leading figure in the application of psychoanalytic theory to the understanding of politics.
The course team also includes Professor Candida Yates, author and editor of books on popular culture, emotion and politics, and Associate Professor Darren Lilleker, a widely-published international leader in the study of political communication. These and other teaching staff bring a broad range of perspectives to the course, and enable it both to focus on the psychological dimensions of politics and also to see psychological factors in their broader societal contexts. Our psychologies need specific study, but are part of our societies and cultures.
Potential career paths
This course offers a highly relevant, challenging and rich encounter with leading-edge theory and research at the complex intersections of psychology and politics. It provides an interdisciplinary basis for doctoral research in many areas, and will be an attractive basis for the development of careers in academia and research.
It also provides a suitable basis for entry to, or professional development within, careers in political and policy research, strategic work for campaigning groups, and political journalism, as well as offering insights and support for those engaged in democratic participation as professional or local politicians.
Course units include:
- Issues & Debates in Political Psychology
- The Psychodynamics of Political Culture and Society
- The Psychology of Democracy
- The Psychology of Fundamentalism & Political Violence
- Research Imagination
- Digital Media Literacies
- 12 months
- 24 months
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DisciplinesPsychology Political Science View 735 other Masters in Psychology in United Kingdom
The normal requirements for embarking upon a postgraduate taught degree are:
- A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject.
International14500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 14500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA7500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 7500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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