£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.


Research finds a majority endorsing revenge porn

Research by psychologists has found that a majority of people would endorse the use of revenge porn and that those who actually post it have a distinct personality profile.

Although only 29% of participants in the study reported a likelihood to engage in revenge porn activity, 99% of people expressed at least some approval (e.g. did not feel remorse) of revenge porn being posted online when presented with a scenario about a partner walking out on them. The researchers also found that 87% of participants expressed at least some excitement or amusement with revenge porn.

Revenge porn is the act of sharing intimate, sexually graphic images and/or videos of another person onto public online platforms, such as Facebook.

The research team, led by Dr Afroditi Pina at the School of Psychology, established for the first time that there is a link between revenge porn proclivity and specific psychological characteristics.

For more information, please visit the Kent News Centre pages.

Watch the new CORE-FP video

Find out more about the cutting edge research occurring within the Centre of Research & Education in Forensic Psychology (CORE-FP) by watching our latest video here:

You can join one of the largest and oldest Forensic Psychology centres in the UK in the following ways:

For the most up-to-date news about CORE-FP  follow https://twitter.com/core_fp

Postgrad Open Event 7 March

Interested in postgraduate study with Psychology at Kent? Speak to Kent Psychology staff at the Postgraduate Open Event in Darwin College on Tuesday 7th March, 5-7pm.

You can also watch our new Kent Psychology MSc and PhD videos and find out from students and staff what it’s like to be a postgradaute student in our School.

The School of Psychology at Kent offers eight exciting taught Master’s degree programmes. Please see the links below for information about the course structure, relevant staff members, programme aims and so on.

We also offer research degrees (MSc and PhD) in the areas listed above. We would recommend that you contact a suitable supervisor among our staff with a CV and a draft proposal ahead of making an application in this case.

If you have any queries about postgraduate study with Psychology at Kent, please contact us at psypgadmissions@kent.ac.uk.

Drivers ‘nudged’ into better behaviour by psychologists

Psychologists ‘nudged’ double the normal number of drivers into turning off their engines at a busy Canterbury level crossing by making simple changes to road signs.

Drivers leaving their engines idling for long periods contribute to air pollution, waste fuel, and produce noise and fumes that harm the environment and public health.

But the researchers found that making simple changes to road signs at the level crossing could prompt drivers to consciously reflect on their behaviour, leading to 50% of people turning off their engines.

Psychological research has shown that subtle cues that someone’s behaviour is being observed can increase their compliance with instructions.

In the first part of their study, Professor Dominic Abrams and Dr Tim Hopthrow, of the University’s School of Psychology, found that greater numbers of motorists waiting at the level crossing could be encouraged to switch off their engines when a pair of ‘watching eyes’ were added to existing signs instructing drivers to do this when the barriers were down.

For more information, please visit the Kent News Centre pages.

Why we underestimate time when we’re on Facebook

Updating your Facebook status can be a fun way to while away the hours – but now it seems it really is making us lose track of time as we do it.

New research from PhD student Lazaros Gonidis and Dr Dinkar Sharma suggests that people who are using Facebook or surfing the web suffer impaired perception of time.

Researchers from the University’s School of Psychology found that the way people perceived time varied according to whether their internet use was specifically Facebook related or more general.

Using well-established internal clock models, researchers attempted to separate the roles of ‘attention’ and ‘arousal’ as drivers for time distortion. The researchers found that Facebook-related stimuli can lead to an underestimate of time compared to general internet use, but that both lead to a distortion of time.

For more information, please see the Kent News Centre pages.

Link between sexual objectification and aggression

There is a direct relation between the sexual objectification of girls and aggression towards them, research by psychologists at the University has shown.

The study, which looked at youth members of gangs as well as those with no gang affiliation, provides the first evidence of a link between objectification and non-sexual aggression in young people.

Dr Eduardo Vasquez and colleagues at the School of Psychology, together with a former student, found that higher levels of objectification were significant predictors of aggression towards girls.

Their findings are consistent with the claim that, among other negative outcomes, the perception of women as nothing but sexual objects also evokes aggression against them.

The research also established that watching television and playing violent video games were positively correlated with both sexual objectification and aggression towards girls.

To read more, please go to the Kent News Centre.

Forensic Psychology Evening Course begins 22 February

Study the psychology of crime and criminal behaviour over 10 weeks, taught by expert academics and practitioners. Each 90 minute lecture covers a different topic such as victims of crime, offender profiling, sexual harassment, and treatment and rehabilitation.

The course is an ideal opportunity to get a taste of what Forensic Psychology is all about, whether you have a general interest in why people commit crime or are considering future study in the area.

For more information about our evening course starting on Wednesday 22 February, see our flyer. There are limited places available so book now to avoid disappointment.

CSGP conference open for registration

Registration and submission is now open for a conference to be hosted by the Centre for the Study of Group Processes (CSGP) on 26-28 June 2017 at the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge.

Entitled “Future Challenges for Psychological Research on Group Processes and Intergroup Relations: What we know and what we need to know”, the conference has been organised to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the CSGP and the 20th Anniversary of the Sage journal Group Processes & Intergroup Relations.

For full details see the conference web page.