Psychology of Education MSc

London, Bloomsbury

The Psychology of Education MSc will introduce students to contemporary issues in education from a psychological perspective. Key theoretical and empirical approaches will be critically considered with a view to exploring their practical application in a variety of educational settings.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted
All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 31 Mar 2023

Applications open

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.

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: Level 4

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.

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

Equivalent qualifications

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

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

This programme aims to develop understanding of the psychology of education and provide students 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 topics relevant to this field. Students will also be able to critically evaluate theory and empirical evidence in psychology.

Who this course is for

This programme is suitable for graduates who wish to pursue a research career or progress to further professional training. It will be of interest to teachers and professionals working in related fields and those pursuing an applied career in psychology.

What this course will give you

IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society 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 ninth year in succession IOE has been ranked number one for education (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022). Our alumni include government ministers; heads of schools, other educational institutions and NGOs; Olympians and prize-winning authors.

The foundation of your career

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.


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)


This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) for the 2022/23 intake. Students who successfully complete the course in this academic year can apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership. Reaccreditation is underway including intake for 2023/24 and confirmation is expected in December 2022.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, group work, student preparation of tasks and presentations, discussion, and computer workshops giving hands-on practice. Assessment is through varied coursework, for example, critiquing research, presentations, essays, and reports. Students will also engage in a dissertation supported by a member of staff.

Each of the taught modules has approximately 30 hours of contact time. 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.


The programme comprises four taught modules and a dissertation. It is delivered through a combination of lectures given both by IOE academic staff and guest speakers, group work, and computer workshops giving hands-on practice.

The taught modules on the programme are lecture-based modules, designed to provide you with a firm foundation in the different topics relevant to psychology of education. You will take four compulsory modules and a dissertation. The dissertation is a research project carried out under the supervision of a member of academic staff from UCL.

If studied on a full-time basis, the programme will take place over a full calendar year. Alternatively, it can be studied part-time over two years or modular flexible over five 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).

Although students have the flexibility to select which modules to complete in any given year, we recommend that Core Topics in the Psychology of Education and Research and Analytical Methods in Psychology are taken early in the degree to facilitate understanding and skill development for the rest of the course. We also recommend that the dissertation module is taken in the final year.

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. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a in Psychology of Education.


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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £11,800 £5,900
Tuition fees (2023/24) £29,000 £14,500

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.

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

Additional costs

There is no obligation to obtain a DBS, unless you would like to conduct research with children or vulnerable populations. The DBS application cost will be covered by UCL, but offer holders will also need to have their ID checked and verified at a Post Office, for which they will incur a charge of £12.75 (note, this was the fee for 2022 but may change). The offer holder is also required to arrange and pay for any overseas police check that may be necessary; costs vary by country. For more information about the DBS application process, please contact the Admissions team.

Students should take into account any travel, accommodation and expenses involved in their report or dissertation.

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

Funding your studies

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

Next steps

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.

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 Application fees.

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
  • Why do you want BPS accreditation?
  • 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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2023-2024

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