Why study Community & Critical Social Psychology?
Community Psychology & Critical Social
Psychology focus on understanding psychology in social context, and
seek to provide novel perspectives and insights aimed at the
achievement of social justice. York St John’s MSc in CCSP is
unique in the UK in offering students the chance to explore these
complementary areas within a single degree programme. If you
are interested in approaches to psychology which seek to critique
and reconstruct the discipline in such a way as to place the
social, cultural and political context at the heart of all that
psychologists do then the MSc in CCSP is for you.
The MSc is suitable for students who wish to use
it as a stepping stone to either (a) a PhD; (b) a professional
doctorate; or (c) employment in related areas (eg social policy,
third sector, public sector).
What will I study?
Full-time: You will take two 30
credit modules per semester, followed by a 60 credit dissertation
in the spring and summer.
Semester 1: Critical
Social Psychology; Research Methods.
Semester 2: Community
Psychology: Principles & Practice; Psychological Science:
Perspectives & Practicalities.
dissertation module, in which you undertake and write up an
extended research project (with supervision).
Part-time students take one module in each
semester in years 1 and 2, and undertake the dissertation in year
Will I get any practical experience?
You will get practical experience of designing
and conducting research, as well as the opportunity to undertake a
placement involving the design of a community-based
How will I be assessed?
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.
Staff research interests
The core CCSP teaching team have research
interests in a diverse range of areas, including: racism; domestic
violence in cross-cultural contexts; attitudes to peace and
conflict; diversity and multiculturalism; community-based work
placements; the use of peer support groups in community settings;
citizenship, welfare and (un)employment; (dis)obedience; values of
informed and autonomous decision making regarding health; attitudes
towards, and experiences of, migration. Across the team, we
have experience of using a range of qualitative, quantitative and
participatory research methods. For further details, see our
CCSP research group webpage.
Teaching on the Psychological Science module is
undertaken by academics from across the various research groups
within the department, and as such students will have the
opportunity to engage with academics with interests in other areas
(e.g. cognitive, developmental) in addition to their primary focus
on CCSP. Similarly, teaching on the Research Methods module
is undertaken by academics from across the Faculty of Health &
What resources will I have access to?
You will have access to the full range of
resources available at the University, including a suite of
psychology laboratories, newly
refurbished library and a range of online resources for learning
Can I get involved with departmental activities?
Our postgraduate students are encouraged to play
a full part in the life of the department. Attendance at
research seminars and other events is encouraged, and students will
be able to get involved with projects in their areas of interest as
We anticipate that graduates from this programme,
which is running for the first time in 2012-13, will pursue
doctoral study in psychology or related disciplines, or will seek
employment in fields such as social policy, third sector/voluntary
sector, or the public sector.
Degree programme information