• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
The Social Psychology (Honours) course at The Open University UK explores these and many other important psychological questions about the relationship between individual psychology and the complex social world. 

About

Why do good people do bad things? When do they help one another? What role do digital technologies play in our relationships? Has globalisation made people across the world more similar, or do old differences persist? How have gender identities changed? What does it mean to be a good citizen?

You will examine how social psychologists use evidence from research to contribute to debates on a wide range of social issues including discrimination and equality, conflict resolution, migration, happiness and well-being. You will also explore how psychology is critical to understanding employment, mental health, and relationships.

Key features of the Social Psychology (Honours) course at The Open University UK 

  • Explores how social psychologists study people as social beings in different contexts
  • Investigates the connections between individual lives and social problems, using different theories and approaches
  • Gives you an appreciation of different perspectives within psychology and the ability to evaluate them critically
  • Builds advanced analytical and communication skills, and enhances your employability
  • Relevant to a wide range of career opportunities including social justice, public policy, media and communications
Skills for career development

As well as specific knowledge about social psychology, this degree course will help you to develop many transferable and work-related skills that are highly valued by employers.

  • communication
  • numeracy
  • effective team-working
  • independent and critical thinking
  • IT and data handling
  • analysing and evaluating diverse sources of information, including qualitative and quantitative data
  • designing and carrying out research projects, and presenting their findings
  • problem-solving and reasoning
  • application of learning to real world problems and situations
  • independent learning.

Career relevance

Studying social psychology opens up career opportunities in social justice, public policy, media and communications. As a graduate of social psychology you will have gained an impressive breadth of knowledge and skills that are also attractive to employers across a broad range of careers. 

A career as a professional psychologist in the applied areas of psychology will require further study, training and/or work experience beyond your degree – for which this degree course provides useful preparation.

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) regulated titles include:

  • clinical psychologist
  • counselling psychologist
  • educational psychologist
  • forensic psychologist
  • health psychologist
  • occupational psychologist
  • sports and exercise psychologist.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Time limit – 16 years

  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introducing the social sciences 
  • Investigating psychology 
  • Living psychology: from the everyday to the extraordinary 
  • Advancing social psychology

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.
  • At The Open University we believe education should be open to all, so we provide a high-quality university education to anyone who wishes to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential.
  • Even though there are no entry requirements, there are some skills that you'll need to succeed. If you're not quite ready for OU study we can guide you to resources that prepare you, many of which are free.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    5856 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5856 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    5856 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5856 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
The total cost of your qualification would be £17,568.

Funding

Students living outside the UK aren’t normally eligible for a tuition fee loan. We suggest checking with your national government or education authority for advice on funding.There are a number of scholarship opportunities listed on the Scholarship Portal website.The site features over 1,000 scholarships listed by country, ranging from the Amelia Earhart Fellowship for Women in Science and Engineering, to a Young Horticulturalist of the Year Award.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.