Summer Schools


Psychology - 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 2017


This course will examine contemporary concepts, theories and findings in social psychology, inspired by a wide range of perspectives (e.g., evolutionary psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology). The course will put particular emphasis on the application of social psychology to every-day experiences and real-world phenomena. Students are expected to complete the course with an understanding of the real-world implications of major findings in social psychology.

Students will participate in lectures, discussions and presentations surrounding a range of questions, for example: How well do you know yourself? Is social behaviour largely unconscious and automatic? How do we make moral judgements? Student will also have the opportunity to carry out their own piece psychological research over the two week period; from designing the methodology, collecting data, analysing, and presenting the findings.

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

Dates: Sunday 01 July - Sunday 15 July 2018

Providing School: School of Psychology

Campus: Canterbury

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

Price: £1500 (earlybird) for two weeks. Includes tuition, accommodation, teaching materials, welcome meal, organised trips and full library access


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Learning outcomes

By the end of this International Summer School course, you will have:

Intended specific learning outcomes

  • developed a good understanding of the subject matter which forms the focus of this intensive introductory course
  • explored a series of key subject-specific themes and media from a range of critical perspectives
  • had the opportunity to put into practice new subject-related skills which you have started to develop during the course
  • gained an awareness of the UK Higher Education system in the subject specific context

Intended generic learning outcomes

  • Gained an introduction to some of the aptitudes, expectations and requirements of more independent and higher level study achieved through a range of seminars, lectures, practice-based activities and one to one tutorials.
  • Experienced individual and group-based learning environments consonant with the expectations and requirements of higher level study
  • Exercised some element of self-directed study and time-management opportunities consistent with research skills and onward professional career opportunities
  • Enhanced your transferable academic skills such as reading and writing in relevant academic contexts, listening to academic lectures and input sessions as well as participating in academic seminars
  • Increased your intercultural awareness through studying in an international environment with students from other backgrounds and nationalities

Learning and teaching methods

Teaching formats will include lectures, seminars and interactive workshops

Total number of study hours will comprise 100 hours which will include elements of independent and private study.

  • 50 hours contact time during the summer school
  • 20 hours self-study before the summer school
  • 30 study hours during the summer school

    Total: 100 hours

Convenors of this module are lecturers from the School of Psychology; experts in the fields of social psychology. You can find out more about both professors on the schools staff pages:

Dr Stefan Leach and Dr John Sabo


  • A written assessment with a total of 1,500-2,000 words
  • A seminar or PowerPoint presentation

Indicative Timetable

A different question will be addressed each day of the summer school explored using various techniques and research methods; an indication of topics covered is below:







Welcome Induction. Registration and library tour

Aggression and Media Violence

Implicit Social Cognition and Automaticity

Moral Psychology and Moral Emotions

Sex, Love, Attraction and Romantic Relationships






Introduction to the Social Mind

Introduction to Assessment and Group Project

Guided visit around Canterbury

Conducting Social Psychological Research

Collecting Social Psychological Data

Writing Tutorial and  Group Work

Writing Tutorial and  Group Work






Existential Psychology: Dealing with the fear of death

Motivated Reasoning

Behavioural Control and Self-Regulation

How well do you know yourself?

Group Presentation






Analyzing Social Psychological Data

Critical Thinking and Smart Research Consumption

Guided visit to Whitstable

Group Presentation Preparation

Closing ceremony 16:00 - 17:00

Writing Tutorial and  Group Work

Writing Tutorial and  Group Work


To gain entry on to the Canterbury Summer School you will need to be either:

  • studying at a university outside the UK or at a UK university and considering options for further study in the UK
  • a professional exploring options for postgraduate study in the UK. 

You will also need to:

  • be able to demonstrate a keen interest in the field of Psychology or have previous knowledge from your studies/work experience and looking to expand your knowledge in this area. Previous related study is desirable but not essential.
  • have at least IELTS 6.0 or equivalent with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill. If you have an alternative test/proof of your English language ability then you can mention this is your application and upload this instead. Students must feel confident reading, writing and liaising in English to attend this course.

Fees and Scholarship

Fees and scholarships

We are still accepting aplications for this programme inlcuding those for a scholarship fee waiver of £500. Please go to our apply page to submit your application.


Pay by Friday 4 May 2018 and receive an Early Bird discount of £100 per course.

  Earlybird Price
Standard Price
Without Accomodation £1,250 £1,350
With Accomodation included £1,500 £1,600


Fees Include full tuition for the summer school, accommodation, teaching materials, a welcome and farewell meal, full access to the University library facilities and social trips each Wednesday and at the weekend into London.

The final deadline for payment to secure your place on this course is Fri 28 May 2018

Scholarship Opportunities

We have 20 x £500 Internationalisation Scholarships available for the Canterbury Summer Schools available to students not currently studying at the University of Kent. If you wish to apply for a scholarship you will need to select 'School scholarship' at application and apply by Fri 4 May 2018. We will use your Reasons to study as part of the application form as the scholarship application. If you are a current student at another institution you may also wish to enquire about any mobility scholarships within your home institution or Government.


You must email to notify us of your withdrawal from a course as soon as you know that you will not be attending the course and before travelling to the UK. We will charge a £250 administration fee, unless there are exceptional extenuating circumstances for the withdrawal.

Accommodation details

The accommodation for this summer school is based in Park Wood flats and is offered on a self-catered basis. Students will be placed in their own double rooms equipped with en suite facilities. Check-in is after 14h00 on the first Sunday and check-out is before 10h00 on the final Sunday. All students will be offered University accommodation (included in fee), although if you wish to make alternative arrangements you can pay tuition fees only, saving £250 per two-week course.

Additional details about our accommodation is available on our Accommodation webpage.

Course information:

Please note that in order for the course to run a minimum of 6 registered students is required. Please do not make arrangements for travel until you have received your welcome and induction pack.

Getting here

You will find useful directions to the Canterbury Campus on our Directions page. Students who wish to arrange a taxi transfer from one of the London airports may wish to visit our Booking a Taxi in the UK page.




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