Explore social bias from a psychological perspective.

Join our online social bias course for a better understanding of social biases in the workplace and wider society. You’ll examine:

  • the social and cognitive determinants of social bias
  • types of social bias, including unconscious bias or implicit bias
  • how our digital world affects social bias
  • the effects of social bias on individuals and society, including prejudice and discrimination
  • strategies for tackling social bias in ourselves and in our society.

Study with us anywhere, online, with expert psychologists and active researchers. And set your own study hours on this course that fits around full-time work.

Build credits towards a Masters degree

This course is part of our accredited MSc in Psychological Studies. You’ll study alongside students who are on the full Masters programme. And you can use the credits you earn on the course towards this MSc.

Who is this social bias short course for?

This distance-learning course is open to anyone interested in understanding social bias, its causes and effects.

You do not need qualifications or previous experience in the field of psychology to join us for this course.

What you’ll study

From the moment we’re born, we exist in a world filled with social bias.

Social bias exists in our brain and it exists in our cultural environment. Yet, the consequences of social bias are often deemed socially unacceptable and, in many cases, illegal.

In this course, you’ll study a range of topics relating to social bias, including:

  • Humans are biased animals – Examining sources of bias in the human brain, cognition, and environment
  • Biased behaviour – The effects of discrimination on individuals and society
  • The self and our social identity – Perceiving ourselves and others as members of social groups
  • Social cognition – How the brain processes information about people
  • Stereotypes – How we measure stereotypes and their influence
  • Prejudice – How we measure prejudice and its influence
  • Unconscious bias – How we measure unconscious bias and its influence
  • Social bias in a virtual world – How our digital world might increase and decrease social bias
  • Tackling social bias – Strategies for tackling social bias in ourselves and in our society
  • Cultural evolution – Cumulative cultural evolution as a source and solution to social bias.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to…

  • Source and interpret a range of psychological research.
  • Critically evaluate psychological research relating to the causes and consequences of social bias.
  • Apply psychological research relating to social bias in everyday life.

How you’ll study

Our distance-learning Psychology of Social Bias course is delivered flexibly, 100% online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

This course is taught at Masters level by our School of Psychology.

Online learning

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • videos
  • reading materials
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library
  • discussion boards with colleagues and tutors.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from practising psychologists with extensive research experience of social bias in practice, and also teaching at university level.

You’ll also learn from your fellow students. You’ll be studying online alongside individuals from a range of backgrounds who may be based all over the world.

Your course coordinator

Where this will take you

Towards a Masters

You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards our accredited:

This on-campus Masters degree is:

  • accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • designed to introduce graduates from other disciplines to the study of psychology, as your first step to pursuing a career in psychology.

Build your learning

The Psychology of Social Bias is part of our series of online workplace psychology courses.

Use these short courses to build your skills and earn more credits towards postgraduate qualifications:

All these online courses are part-time and fit around full-time work.


Whatever your industry, you’ll gain career-enhancing skills and expertise on this course.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for CPD hours. Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

You can access our free careers service while you study.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Entry requirements

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is delivered at Masters level. At this level, you’d usually have at least:

  • a 2:2 (second-class) undergraduate degree
  • or relevant experience that supports this level of study.

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