Environmental psychology is the study of how individuals and groups respond to various types of environment, such as: urban, natural or social; as well as different types of environmental situations, for example: the home, neighbourhood and commercial centres. In addition, it looks at how people might go about changing certain environments to suit their needs.
Environmental psychologists are interested in a number of different areas, including how individual and group identities are shaped by and connected to particular places, how environments might influence behavioural actions and attitudes, and sustainability in relation to policy decision making.
Graduates in this field may go on to work with other psychologists, architects, landscape planners and engineers in an attempt to resolve some of the key issues surrounding population growth and resource use.
Compulsory modules at Surrey include, among others:
- Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods
- Key Questions in Environmental Psychology
- The Psychology of Sustainable Behaviour
- Self and Identity in Context
To find out more about the MSc Environmental Psychology course at Surrey, follow this link: http://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/environmental-psychology
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