Social psychology is “the scientific investigation of how the thoughts, feelings and behaviours of individuals are influenced by the actual, imagined or implied presence of others” (Allport, 1954, p.5). Social psychologists are interested in studying unobservable processes such as thoughts, feelings, attitudes, beliefs and intentions inferred through observing behaviour. These aspects of behaviour are then related to cognitive processes and structures.
A wide range of topics are of interest to researchers in this field, including: social perception, power and influence, the construction and maintenance of identities through interaction between individuals and groups, and social change.
Social psychology graduates may go on to work in various types of employment, for example, in research departments, consultancy practices and educational institutions.
The course at Surrey has professional recognition from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for research training.
Compulsory modules on the course at Surrey include, among others:
- Social Change and Influence
- Self and Identity in Context
- Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods