CULTEVOLFTD – Full time; CULTEVOLPTD - Part time
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
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In order to understand the deeper workings of the human mind and to recognise why we are who we are, it is important to look closely at two of the most fundamental and powerful influences on behaviour - culture and evolution.
As part of the Psychology, Culture and Evolution MSc you will delve into evolutionary and cross-cultural psychology, analysing how an external influence can create an internal choice or characteristic within individuals. You will look at personal relationships and how we choose a mate, morality and belief systems such as how we conclude our standing on politics and religion, and conflict and cooperation and how inequality can become a source of social conflict.
This master's programme will give you the analytical research skills, knowledge and expertise you'll need to pursue a PhD in fields such as cross-cultural psychology, evolutionary psychology, anthropology, behavioural ecology, human ethology, comparative sociology, and multicultural and cross-cultural counselling.
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The Psychology, Culture and Evolution MSc consists of a variety of optional modules, allowing you to choose which taught aspects you'd like to specialise in before you undertake your dissertation.
Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.
This course can be studied 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time, starting in September.
Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel
The programme specification is in the process of being updated and may not be an accurate reflection of the programme.
You’ll gain transferable cognitive, analytical, and research skills that will enhance your employability in careers related to global and public health, international agencies including governmental and nongovernmental research institutes, creative industries such as advertising and market research, international business and intercultural communication, as well as general private sector employment (e.g. management training programmes).
You can also pursue further PhD study using the knowledge and expertise gained on this degree, in fields such as cross-cultural psychology, evolutionary psychology,anthropology, behavioural ecology, human ethology,sociology, and multicultural and cross-cultural counselling.
Applicants with good other Honours degrees, and/or with relevant work experience, are also eligible to apply.
If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.
You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.
Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.
Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.
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Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase.
See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.
This psychology master's programme is research-intensive, and is linked closely to Brunel's research centre the Centre for Culture and Evolution (CCE). Our academics are renowned for their research on evolutionary and cross-cultural psychology, and you will become immersed as you learn and study alongside them.
As part of this course, you will have the opportunity to work closely with an international research collaborator from the CCE when you collect your dissertation data. This may involve travel to international research sites for data collection and field work.
The Psychology, Culture and Evolution MSc is carried out through lectures, seminars, group discussions and student presentations. There is also a large amount of self-directed independent study expected.
Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.
You will be assessed on a combination of coursework essays, quantitative reports, synoptic seen examinations, seminar presentations, and your dissertation.
Throughout the course, you will also have the opportunity to engage with formative assessment tasks which do not count towards your final grade. These will provide you with feedback which will help with your marked work.
Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.