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Psychology of Education MSc

The Psychology of Education MSc will introduce students to key theoretical issues in the Psychology of Education, critically analysing theories and research, and exploring its contribution to educational issues and practice. This Masters is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and it is intended for people who wish to gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership so that they can proceed to professional training.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Flexible: up to 5 years

Part-time students typically complete three modules in their first year (90 credits) and one module plus the dissertation in their second year (90 credits).

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 30 July 2021

Tuition fees (2021/22)

UK:
£10,500 (FT)
£5,250 (PT)
Overseas:
£23,300 (FT)
£11,650 (PT)


Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Accreditation:

This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) so that students who successfully complete the course can apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in any subject.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

Visa information

This programme is suitable for international students on a Tier 4 visa - study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting October.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

Select your country:

About this degree

This programme aims to equip students to develop understanding of the current issues in the Psychology of Education and provide them with an opportunity to engage in research. On successful completion of the programme students should be able to produce and communicate reasoned and informed argument, both in writing and orally on the topic of psychology of education. Students will also be able to critically evaluate theory and empirical evidence in Psychology.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (120 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Psychology of Education.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory modules

Core Topics in the Psychology of Education
Research and Analytical Methods in Psychology
Individual Differences and Social Psychology in Education
Cognitive Development and Learning
Dissertation

Dissertation/research project

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 6,000 words (+/- 10%), a poster and a lay report.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, including guest speakers, student preparation of tasks and presentations, group work, discussion, and computer workshops giving hands-on practice. Assessment is through coursework which includes critiques of research articles, annotated bibliographies, presentations, multiple choice questions, essays, proposals, reports, and a dissertation.

Each of the taught modules has 30 hours of contact time (lectures, seminars and group activity). Students are expected to supplement these contact hours via self-directed study. Further time is set aside for contact with supervisors for the dissertation, where the bulk of the work consists of independent research activity. 

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees-and-funding.

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

IOE Centenary Masters Scholarships

Value:
Full tuition fees and accommodation (1 year)
Eligibility:
Overseas
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial need

IOE-Clarke Scholarships

Value:
Tuition fees, stipend, flights (1 year)
Eligibility:
Overseas
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial need

IOE Windle Trust Scholarship

Eligibility:
Overseas

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Graduates of this Master's degree are currently working as:

  • Researchers in the public and private sectors
  • PhD students
  • Assistant psychologists
  • Clinical and educational doctorate students
  • Clinical and educational psychologists (following professional doctoral training)

Employability

This programme offers a comprehensive research training in Educational Psychology. It provides a good grounding for doctoral study and valuable preparation for a research career in the academic community, the public sector or in industry.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is one of the world's leading centres for education and related areas of social science - students learn from cutting-edge researchers in the field. For the seventh year in succession the IOE has been ranked number one for education (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020). Our alumni include government ministers; heads of schools, other educational institutions and NGOs; and Olympians and prize-winning authors.

Accreditation:

This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) so that students who successfully complete the course can apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership.

Department: Psychology & Human Development

What our students and staff say

Staff view

"Much current research focuses on the cognitive processes and skills that support effective science learning in primary school children. A central objective is to help develop new approaches to the initial teaching of science that will benefit a range of learners, especially those at the lower end of the ability spectrum. The sheer wealth of contact with other researchers that being in London provides me with has been and continues to be a major stimulus to my own work."

Professor Andy Tolmie

Educational Neuroscience MA/MSc, Child Development MSc, Psychology of Education MSc
UCL Institute of Education
Student view

"The opportunity to change the world for the best, even if it is a small part, is what makes this field of study so interesting and it inspires me every day knowing that I am part of a bigger picture. Q&A with Dhanishtha Patel"

Dhanishtha Patel

Psychology of Education MSc

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Application deadlines

All applicants
30 July 2021

For more information see our Applications page.

Apply now

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Psychology of Education at graduate level
  • why you want to study Psychology of Education at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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