Summer Schools


Investigating the Social Mind

The most exciting and incredible experience of my academic years so far. This summer school has given me the opportunity for self discovery, exploration of mind and most importantly, this is the place where I have found my true passion in academia and I believe a career arising in Psychology later!

~ Aiman Rashid, Psychology Summer School, Canterbury 2016


Research indicates that interpersonal relationships and group-based interactions are strongly affected by how people understand and react to the world which surrounds them.  During this course you will investigate recent research into Psychology relating to the ‘social mind’ and how this influences people’s thoughts and behaviours. You will gain a key insight into an important aspect of the human psyche. This will help you to understand the key factors which influence how we live and work with other people.

This two week PG level course hits the ground running exploring different theories and aspects including 'Can emotions affect the way we think? ' and 'The Psychology of Being Smart' with students able to take part in psychological experiments and tests used to examine these theories in greater detail. Students will study the application of psychology, inspired by a wide range of perspectives (e.g., evolutionary psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology), to every-day experiences. In this Summer School, the emphasis will be on how psychology (concepts, theories, and research) can explain real-world, social phenomena. The topics will include (but not limited to):

  • Multiculturalism
  • Social and romantic relationships
  • Intelligence
  • Politics
  • Interpersonal and inter-group conflict
  • Emotions

The Psychology Summer School is part of the University of Kent Summer School programme. It will allow you to make lasting connections with students from around the world, studying a range of subjects but sharing your own enthusiasm. International study will enable you to gain a deeper understanding of another culture, make lifelong friends from a wide variety of backgrounds and benefit from globally-renowned academic excellence.

For additional reasons to join us, visit our Canterbury Summer Schools overview.

Arrival date: Sun 16 Jul 2017 (Classes start Mon 17 Jul)

Departure date: Sun 30 Jul 2017 (Classes finish Fri 28 Jul)

Providing School: School of Psychology

Campus: Canterbury

Credit Transfer Option:  Equivalent to 10 Credits (ECTS 5) for transfer purposes.




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