£1,000 MSc Taught Scholarships


School of Psychology Taught Master’s Scholarships 2017

The School of Psychology offers scholarships of £1,000 to applicants of any tuition fee paying status registering on one of our taught MSc programmes in September 2017.

Value and availability

  • Receive a £1,000 discount on tuition fees
  • Up to seven awards are available for entry in 2017

Scholarships are allocated to applicants who meet the general award criteria on a competitive basis, applications will be ranked by a selection panel.*

For information about the general award criteria and how to apply, click here. The deadline for receipt of applications is 31st July 2017.

*The School of Psychology reserves the right not to allocate the awards if the selection panel identifies no suitable candidates. The Scholarships are subject to full terms and conditions which will be provided to successful candidates at the point of award.


Testimonial MSc in Political Psychology – Linus Peitz

Why did you choose this postgraduate course and institution?
I completed my undergraduate degree in psychology, I wanted to continue in this field with a focus on political issues, and the Political Psychology MSc programme at Kent, and its emphasis on quantitative methods seemed to be the perfect match for me.

Despite the fact that the course had just been introduced last term, things worked very smoothly, which is undoubtedly the achievement of the teaching and administration staff. No questions are left unanswered and whenever I encountered a problem that could not be solved via email, there is always someone available you can speak to in person, whether it’s a questions about statistical analysis, an assignment you don’t understand or anything to do with future career or research plans.

The course itself offers a great mix of social- and political-science modules, and one of its core strengths is the diversity of content. All modules, be it on group-processes, public opinion, political ideology or intergroup relations, are presented from multiple angles and it is down to the student to choose the point of emphasis. This allowed me to explore topics that were totally new to me, which there were a lot of, and apply them to issues that I am personally interested in. This ultimately led me to my current research project where I explore the ideological underpinning of attitudes towards supranational institutions, a topic that I hope to continue working on for a PhD here at Kent.

PhD in Social Psychology Testimonial – André Marques and Catarina Morais

We are both PhD students in the School of Psychology at the University of Kent in our first and third year, respectively. After completing our Master’s degree at the University of Porto, Portugal, we each became interested in pursuing a PhD at the University of Kent as an internationally recognised institution. We specifically sought Kent because we found a supervisor conducting ground-breaking research in the areas of leadership, diversity, and innovation and we wanted to work with her. Following some energising conversations with our supervisor, we both applied for a PhD position and were both successful in securing funding via a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA). Not only does this help us to fund our studies, but a GTA also affords us with great teaching experience and formal training, which always looks good on a CV.

On arrival we discovered even more about the University of Kent as a research and teaching environment. There is a wide variety of School-run workshops on things like PsychoPy, survey software, and general programming; there are also weekly seminars with international guest speakers; regular meetings among several active research groups; and opportunities for development beyond the PhD such as expert training for press and media, statistics and methods, and networking, etc.. Furthermore, there are plenty of resources and facilities available for students to take advantage of. Especially noteworthy is the diversity of research labs which includes Alcohol and Virtual Reality Laboratories! Essentially, this means we have all we need to do our research.

We have observed that the University of Kent’s reputation lives up to its name, as it produces high quality research from very competent and extremely dedicated researchers from all over the world. Furthermore, all this research is constantly making a strong impact on society and making its way to the public through the media.

Another great thing here is how the postgraduate community is also very socially active. Apart from the usual social gatherings, there are also many University-wide events for people to connect and have fun! Thanks to this, we felt very welcomed at Kent right away. Also, the city of Canterbury is quite lovely and the weather is much better than one might expect!

Therefore, considering its great reputation, high quality research, all the resources and the research environment, we are so pleased we chose the University of Kent – it’s a fantastic place to study. If you’d like to find out more we’d love to hear from you.

Pictured above left to right: Matt, Ana, Catarina, André, Matt and Jonathan.

For information about our postgraduate programmes, please click here.

ERC MSc Scholarship 2017

Applications are invited for a £2,000 MSc scholarship, funded by a European Research Council (ERC) grant on the project: Tracking the cognitive basis of social communication across the life-span (see www.kent.ac.uk/psychology/CogSoCoAGE/). The successful applicant will undertake their Dissertation under the supervision of Dr Heather Ferguson at the University of Kent’s School of Psychology, starting in September 2017. Also collaborating on the research project are Dr Victoria Brunsdon and Dr Lizzie Bradford (University of Kent).

For more details on the project, eligibility and how to apply, please see the full advertisement. Deadline for applications is 31 July 2017.

Testimonial MSc in Developmental Psychology – Eirini-Sofia Romaiou

Why did you pursue a postgraduate course?
My Bachelor’s degree was in Pre-School Education and during my studies the modules that fascinated me the most were in psychology. What I found really appealing in Psychology is that it can be applied to everyday life and helps people to understand not only other people’s behaviour but also their own.

The main reason I decided to pursue a Master’s was to build on my knowledge in psychology and focus on developmental psychology, which relates to my initial area of professional specialisation. Also I believe that studying at Master’s level helps you develop transferable skills such as time management, critical thinking and analytical ability. Furthermore, postgraduate study enables you to explore different career paths and opens up a wide range of options after graduation.

Why did you choose this postgraduate course and institution?
Having completed my BSc in my hometown of Athens, Greece, I was looking forward to gaining some international experience. The University of Kent caught my attention for a number of reasons. Firstly it has an outstanding reputation in various areas of psychology which excited me, plus the School of Psychology had a supportive environment for creative research and learning. This as well as the desire for a campus experience in a small city not too far from London led me to choose Kent, the decision of a lifetime.
Nonetheless, the main reason for choosing University of Kent was the calibre of the MSc in Developmental Psychology. I chose this course over others because of the balance between research and practice. Gaining research experience is a fundamental requirement in the field of psychology, but being able to learn how theory becomes practice is equally essential.

What is the course teaching you that your first degree did not?
In my previous degree I was taught very little about research. In contrast, my Master’s degree has already taught me a lot about methodology, ethics and given me the opportunity to work on my very first research project as part of my Dissertation. Ιt helped me realise what an effort is needed in order to conduct a study and some of the challenges that researchers must deal with.

In addition, during my postgraduate course I learned to work independently and develop critical thinking whereas my first degree was very theory based and did not have opportunities for us to pursue our personal interests. Last but not least, through studying at Kent, I had the opportunity to meet so many students from around the world. I really enjoyed being able to work and cooperate with them whilst discovering the similarities and differences between all our cultures.

Tell us about the course…
The MSc in Developmental Psychology helped me understand what processes contribute to the typical and atypical cognitive, social and emotional development of children. We learned how psychologists and teachers can support children with developmental disorders such as ASD, ADHD, language impairments and the ways in which they can boost healthy development in neurotypical individuals.

The highlight of this course for me was the opportunity to meet with different professionals such as child therapists, clinical psychologists, and educational psychologists. They shared with us the way in which ways developmental psychology can enrich professional settings and also the challenges that they face. Furthermore, each of the guest speakers presented a case study and we discussed how we would approach it, what theory could be applied in the specific scenario and what interventions we would propose.

What areas of work could you go into as a result of your further study?
With the skills I have gained I could work as a Research Assistant if I chose to gain more research experience. My motivation to work as an Educational Psychologist also led me to choose this course. I love the idea of being able to offer intervention and still be in an educational setting. In any case, no matter what will be my future employment, as long as I be able to work with children and support them I will be more than happy.

21 years of MSc in Forensic Psychology at Kent

Today the School of Psychology celebrates 21 years of the MSc in Forensic Psychology at Kent with a conference titled Innovations in Forensic Psychology. The conference is hosted by Kent’s Centre of Research and Education in Forensic Psychology (CORE-FP) and features ground-breaking research from leading experts in the field. Look out for some conference highlights through the @CORE-FP Twitter account and also watch Professor Tony Ward’s lecture live on the Kent Psychology Facebook page. The new CORE-FP video is also available to watch on the Kent Psychology YouTube channel.

For more information and to apply for a place on the MSc in Forensic Psychology at Kent, check the online prospectus.