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Psychosocial Studies

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Traditional boundaries around subject areas can often be barriers to really understanding people and society. Our groundbreaking, cross-disciplinary approach will develop you professionally and personally. You will be asking questions that cannot be answered by psychologists, sociologists or social workers alone.
School of Social Sciences
  • unique opportunity

      We are the only university in the world that offers a Psychological Studies MA exclusively by distance learning. You will have the flexibility to study when it suits you, while maintaining regular online contact with expert academics and fellow students. 
  • we're pioneers

      You will be learning at the most established centre in the country for this fascinating area of study. Psychosocial Studies was born as a degree subject at UEL in 1985, and we’re still pushing boundaries through our cutting-edge research.
  • flexible learning

    We understand you may be studying at the same time as holding down a full-time job or looking after a family so, as a distance learner, we allow you up to six years to complete the course.

Why us?

UEL has led the way in the teaching of Psychosocial Studies. We were the first university to offer an undergraduate degree in the subject back in 1985, and our MA course builds on our pioneering work and the depth of expertise we’ve accumulated.

The growth of globalisation and the increasing diversity in our society is changing the way many people live and work. We examine the relationship between individuals and their social worlds from a wide range of perspectives.

Drawing on key ideas and cutting-edge research in the field, this new postgraduate course, which we deliver exclusively by distance learning, seeks to re-frame Psychosocial Studies for the 21st century


Our cross-disciplinary approach assumes that to answer fundamental questions about the modern world we have to use ideas from psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology, literature, history and cultural studies.

Our fascinating course gives you the opportunity to gain a deep understanding of yourself as well as the world around you, looking at the complex relationships between emotion, fantasy, identity and experience.

why us


As a mental health professional, I chose psychosocial studies to gain a deeper understanding of the interaction between psychological and social phenomena, and develop my theoretic insights into issues such as identity, marginalisation and mental distress. I have found this has allowed me to develop my practice in a more holistic and psychosocially informed manner.

Peter Piercy , MA Psychosocial Studies
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What we’re researching

Psychosocial studies is a research-led discipline and the huge range of research interests among our academic team reflects the cross-disciplinary nature of Psychosocial Studies.

For example, Dr David Jones has a long-standing interest in the borderline between issues of mental health and criminality.  He is particularly interested in using psychosocial thinking to understand the related diagnoses of ‘antisocial personality disorder’, moral insanity and psychopathy.

Dr Darren Ellis has focused his research around the subject of emotion, which has led him to explore concepts of trust and suspicion. He has examined topics such as ‘stop and search’ and Islamophobia and has been working on a project looking at ‘everyday experiences of living in a surveillance society’.

Lurraine Jones has been working on black British identities and culture. She has researched mixed heritage identity and black British women and their consumption practices.

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Dr Heather Price has worked previously as a primary school teacher and special educational needs coordinator. Her research has focused on psychoanalysis and debates about the social construction of childhood within developmental psychology.

Professor Michael Rustin is internationally known for his work on the integration of psychoanalytic ideas with sociological perspectives.

Professor Corinne Squire teaches psychology, women's studies and media studies. She has worked as an HIV antibody test counsellor and her wide-ranging research interests include HIV, identity and community in the UK and South Africa, the place of feelings in public life and television talk shows.

Dr Nicola Diamond is an experienced psychotherapist and has been working on research relating to the body, psychoanalysis and contemporary perspectives.

Dr Angie Voela’s research interests include psychoanalysis, feminism, cultural theory and their application to a range of phenomena in high, popular and everyday culture. Dr Candida Yates focuses on psychoanalysis, masculinity, and cultural change.

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