Get the skills and knowledge you need to help people with social or learning difficulties in a range of educational settings.
You'll have the opportunity to develop and practise your skills under the expert guidance of world-class researchers and practitioners.
Explore a wide range of theoretical viewpoints and their practical applications in educational, community and workplace settings. The programme has a bicultural focus and is tailored to meet the needs of New Zealand communities. However your studies will also prepare you to work in multicultural communities and overseas.
The Faculty of Education offers a research-based Master's programme and the practice-based Postgraduate Diploma that leads to registration as an educational psychologist. You need to complete the Master's before applying to study the limited-entry Diploma programme. The programme includes supervised practice as an intern psychologist and allows you to become a Registered Psychologist with the New Zealand Psychologists Board.
The Faculty of Education has a strong focus on research that enhances theoretical and evidence-based educational psychology policy and practice. You'll benefit from collaboration across education and psychology disciplines, and with the education sector.
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You'll study 10 compulsory courses over two or more years. In Part 1, the first year, you'll examine research methods and evidence-based practice, and take courses covering cultural issues in educational psychology, what motivates people to learn, and how to assess those with education difficulties.
In Part 2, you'll explore mental health in young people and how to promote positive behaviours, and study counselling and applied behaviour analysis. You'll also complete a practical research project.
You need to complete this qualification to apply for entry into the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Psychology Practice (PGDipEPP).
Study to become an educational psychologist. During this one-year programme you'll complete 1,500 hours of supervised practice. You will be placed in an education setting, usually with the Ministry of Education, where you'll gain 1,200 hours of experience. The remaining 300 hours will be spent one day a week with a community service provider such as an early childhood centre, youth support organisation or other social service.
The Ministry of Education determines where the national internship placements will be depending on supervisor availability and local need, so you may need to be prepared move to another location for your internship.
You'll also take four compulsory courses on campus, covering assessment and intervention, the role of the educational psychologist, and professional practice in both education and community settings.
When you've completed the PGDipEPP, you'll be able to register as a general scope psychologist or as an educational psychologist.
The MEd Psych takes two years of full-time study. If you are studying part time, you must complete the MEdPsych within four years.
The PGDipEPP takes place from January to December including a two week mid-year break. While it is normally carried out full-time over the year, it is possible to complete the course of study part-time over two years, but you'll need to discuss this with the programme director before you apply.
If you are studying full-time you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students doing two courses per trimester will need to do around 20–23 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working.
Postgraduate study at Victoria will help you build valuable relationships and networks with peers, university staff and future colleagues.
You'll have opportunities to attend events, workshops, social functions and seminars such as the Student Learning Postgraduate Research skills sessions.
The Postgraduate Students' Association can also give you information and provides a voice for you on campus.
An educational psychologist might focus on doing research or creating and implementing programmes that can help young people learn more effectively. You could work in a school or for the Ministry of Education, or you may plan to run your own practice providing services to both the public and private sector.
MEdPsyc graduates might go on to PhD study, or work in educational agencies that need specialised educational psychology knowledge and skills.
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The MSc in Educational Psychology is designed to help you work effectively as an educational psychologist with young people, teachers, parents and other professionals.
This course, together with the Stage 2 Qualification in Educational Psychology, (Scotland) from the British Psychological Society (BPS), meets the requirements for registration as an educational psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.
The course takes 24 months and is available on a full-time basis only. Entry is offered every two years, with an intake in September 2015, 2017 and so on.
There is a balanced mix of teaching and practical work in both years of the course. In the first year, you'll spend time:
In the second year, the focus shifts to an 'apprenticeship' role. You’ll tackle the work of an educational psychologist under the supervision of your practice tutor. There’s also an individual project to complete.
In Year 1, after an initial three-week block placement, trainee educational psychologists (TEPs) spend two days per week on placement with a local authority Psychological Service in Scotland, working on case studies and assignments. You’ll also work with children, young people and families across the key roles for an educational psychologist of consultation, assessment, intervention, training and research.
You’ll undertake three further two-week block placements: two in educational psychological services (one of which must be in Scotland but the second of which could be abroad) and the third in another form of community-based service (which, again, could be abroad).
Our staff have had textbooks and papers on frameworks for educational psychology practice, assessment and implementation science, on the key reading lists of all educational psychology training programmes in the UK, contributing to international conferences.
The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society.
It’s a Stage 1 Qualification which allows graduates to undertake the Society’s Stage 2 Qualification in their first year of practice as probationers in Scotland.
This meets the requirements for registration as Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professionals Council and allows you to work as an educational psychologist in the UK.
We use the following teaching methods to develop academic and professional skills and knowledge:
Individual tutorials are held three times each 10-week term, normally for 30 minutes, on dates specified in advance. They provide opportunities for discussion of practical issues arising from placements, clarification of questions arising from seminars and workshops and discussion of any administrative matters. Additional tutorials are available on request.
Teaching takes place in the University on Mondays and Tuesdays during term-time. You spend Thursdays and Fridays in your long-term placements with a psychological service. Wednesdays are study days.
Academic learning outcomes are assessed through:
Professional practice learning outcomes are assessed through:
The Doctorate in Educational Psychology (EdPsyD) is a full-time postgraduate training programme that is three years in length. Upon completion, you will hold the recognised qualification in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to become an Educational Psychologist.
Based in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, successful completion of this three year, full-time postgraduate training programme will give you the skills and competencies required for HCPC registration that enables you to practise as an educational psychologist.
For more infomraiton on the course, please visit: https://www.uea.ac.uk/education/research-degrees/doctorate-in-educational-psychology
Interested in finding out more? UEA have an open day for the Doctorate of Educational Psychology coming up on Friday 27 October 1-3pm. For more details and how you can register, please visit: https://www.uea.ac.uk/education/research-degrees/doctorate-in-educational-psychology
MEd Psychology of Education brings graduates from other disciplines up to the academic standard of an honours degree in psychology, while exploring how the core areas of psychology can be applied in educational settings.
It demonstrates how the core areas of psychology - developmental, social, cognitive, psychobiology, individual differences and research methods - can be applied in educational settings. It is therefore an excellent starting point for individuals wishing to pursue a career in educational psychology.
You will study:
Please note that the MEd does not qualify you to practice as an educational psychologist. If you wish to practise as an educational psychologist, you will also need to complete the Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology.
Teaching takes place on Mondays and Thursdays between 1.30-4pm and 5.30-8pm. Part-time students can choose to attend either both afternoons, both evenings or all of one day
We take a varied approach throughout the course. In terms of teaching and learning, the course units are delivered through lectures, tutorials, group-work, practicals and simulations, case-based approaches, and enquiry-based learning. We encourage both individual and co-operative learning and research and hope to foster an ethos of lifelong learning. Many students are experienced teachers and we appreciate the wealth of knowledge and practical experience you bring with you on the course. During research-based learning sessions we encourage you to use all sources of information, including each other. You will receive comprehensive training in the use of electronic databases, library resources, and statistics and qualitative analysis packages. Many other key skills will be developed during the course.
The form of the assessment varies from unit to unit. Written assessment for a course unit usually totals 3,000 words, and may be in the form of an essay, critical review, research report or research proposal. All assessments will be followed by both formative and summative feedback. The dissertation is the report of an empirical research project investigating an aspect of psychology as applied to education in its broadest sense. It is 15,000 words long.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: [email protected]
As the MEd confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Status from the British Psychological Society, a career pathway for our graduates is professional training as a psychologist (e.g. Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology) and we have a good conversion rate in this regard with recent MEd graduates accepted onto doctorate-level training in educational, clinical and counselling psychology. The knowledge and skills gained by psychology graduates means that they are highly regarded by employers (Higher Education Careers Services Unit, November 2010) for work in areas such as health and social care, marketing and PR, management and human resources, education, and the public sector. Many of our graduates use the skills they have acquired to gain promotion or develop their existing careers, whilst others take the opportunity to change profession, for example, moving into teaching, research or working as assistant psychologists and in related positions (e.g. child and adolescent mental health worker). A small number of students go on to study for a doctorate by research (PhD) in educational psychology (which in itself opens a career pathway to working as a researcher or lecturer in higher education). More information about careers may be found on the BPS website http://www.bps.org.uk/ .
Create a fairer education system
The Master of Educational Psychology builds the capacity of educators to be inclusive, adaptable and meet the individual needs of each student to ensure that the education system works for all.
Massey University’s Master of Educational Psychology will strengthen your teaching practice and support your career as an educator. This professional practice qualification gives teachers, school leaders and school psychologists a greater depth of understanding about the factors that support or hinder learning. You’ll explore this from an ecological viewpoint and consider everything including the teachers, environment and other external influences that affect and influence a child’s learning.
Whether you want to develop your current skillset as a teacher or school psychologist, steer into educational psychology research as part of a PhD, or follow the pathway into the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology Internship, the Master of Educational Psychology is a great fit. It sets you up to work with and support children with disabilities and learning and behaviour difficulties. Our programme fosters inclusive education assessment and intervention, collaborative practice with teachers and whanau, and differentiation of teaching for individual learning needs. These principle areas will enable you to pursue the areas you’re passionate about.
Our Master of Educational Psychology is the only programme of its kind available to study New Zealand wide. Along with several on-campus block courses at our Auckland campus in Albany, you can complete your master’s from the comfort of your own home or working environment. Our 50 years of experience in providing world-leading distance learning means you’ll be supported and cared for at every step of the way.
With a Master of Educational Psychology you can look at a whole range of careers that help and support people. Some of these are:
This course will equip you to work as an educational psychologist in local authority children’s services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), voluntary agencies or independently.
It meets both the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) standards and the Division of Educational and Child Psychology – British Psychological Society (DECP) criteria for three-year training.
We are driven by our determination to work towards social justice for vulnerable young people and their families and for children with special educational needs, and to advocate for their rightful place in society.
We are looking for mature psychology graduates who are seeking to extend their love of and use of psychology, with a minimum of two years’ experience working with children or young people in paid employment.
In recent years, around half of our students have previously trained as teachers, while other professions represented have included classroom assistants, mental health and clinical practitioners, youth workers and social workers.
This is the only course in the UK to offer a combination of transpersonal, psychoanalytic and critical approaches to psychology. You will explore ways of understanding the self as an open, evolving project that develops through interaction. This reflects developments at the leading edge of psychology, drawing upon insights from the history of human exploration of the self.
On this largely theoretical course, you will explore the relationship between psychology and cultural studies, philosophy, theology and social science. You will develop your understanding of different research methods and explore the use of language and the construction of meaning in real-world situations.
Whether you are working as a counsellor, a social worker, a psychologist or in another related profession, you will gain a unique perspective on mind, self and society. Alternatively, you may simply have a personal interest and want to explore this fascinating subject and its insights into what makes us human.
Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 40% of our research in the Psychology unit was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent.
Our course is highly flexible - we will base your learning around your interests and personal development needs. There is the option of studying individual modules if you are looking to focus on a particular area of interest relevant to you or your career, and negotiated assessments are available for all modules, with an Independent Project module tailor-made for your needs such as a voluntary placement or work related research.
Modules may count towards British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) training hours. Our University offers an extensive volunteering programme, giving you the opportunity to participate in work experience in your area of choice and in countries such as France, Germany or the Czech Republic.
Our teaching team is diverse, consisting of academics and researchers including Professor Brendan Gough, and Dr Steven Taylor - who are world renowned and are at the forefront of critical and transpersonal/ integrative psychology. A Chartered Psychologist is a member of the course team, and we welcome applications if you are training as a Psychologist or Psychotherapist.
Our course will prepare you for a wide range of careers. You will gain expertise which can be applied to professions including research, education, counselling, art therapy, life coaching, health and social care, human resources and working in media. Individual modules can be taken within the Continuing Professional Development Programme, or counted towards UKCP and BACP training hours.
The Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology MSc is currently the only paediatric programme in the UK that is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and students who successfully complete the programme are deemed to have completed the academic components of the BPS professional Qualification in Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology (QiCN).
Students of clinical paediatric neuropsychology develop an understanding of the techniques, methods and contemporary findings in the field. They are trained to interpret clinical case presentations within the context of current scientific findings of developmental brain-behaviour relationships and gain knowledge of the major professional, ethical and service delivery issues in assessment and rehabilitative work.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research project (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full time nine months and part-time two years) is offered.
There are no optional modules for this programme.
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a substantial report and an oral presentation.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, group seminars, video demonstrations and directed self-study time (reading, essay writing, seminar preparations). Assessment is by two essay journal papers of up to 3,000 words each, two commentary papers of up to 1,500 words each and four 90-minute unseen examinations, and the dissertation examined by viva-voce.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology MSc
The British Psychological Society (BPS) views the QiCN as the 'gold standard' for practitioners in clinical neuropsychology.
Recent career destinations for this degree
The programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society and provides graduates with the knowledge and research components required to work as clinical paediatric neuropsychologists in the UK. The third dimension, practice, is examined by the BPS. Universities do not currently offer organisation or supervision of the practice dimension in neuropsychology.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
This programme covers all key areas of the syllabus recommended by the BPS Division of Neuropsychology and draws on the wealth of specialist expertise in neuropsychology within Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (UCL GOS ICH) and other related neuroscience and psychology departments within UCL. We also invite many external speakers who are international experts within their area of specialism.
UCL GOS ICH has a very close relationship with the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and much of its research and teaching is carried out on a joint basis.
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
80%: Clinical Medicine subjects; 81%: Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care subjects rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.