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The Psychology of Education MSc will introduce students to key theoretical issues in the psychology of education, critically analysing psychological theory and research, and exploring its contribution to educational issues and practice. Read more
The Psychology of Education MSc will introduce students to key theoretical issues in the psychology of education, critically analysing psychological theory and research, and exploring its contribution to educational issues and practice. It is intended for people who wish to gain Graduate Basis of Certified Status so that they can proceed to professional training as an educational or other psychologist.

Degree information

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. Students will also be able to critically evaluate theory and evidence in psychology.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules
-Core Topics in the Psychology of Education
-Methodology and Statistics

Optional modules
-Cognitive Development and Learning or Personality and Social Psychology

Students choose one module from the following:
-Atypical Development
-Developmental Psychology and Psychobiology
-Issues in Educational Neuroscience
-Language Development
-Literacy Development
-Psychological Aspects of Counselling
-Reading and Spelling Difficulties
-Social Development

Dissertation/report
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, including guest speakers, student preparation of tasks and longer presentations, group work, discussion, and computer workshops giving hands-on practice. Assessment is through coursework and one unseen examination. Coursework can involve small exercices, critiques of set research articles and extended pieces of writing on set topics.

Careers

Graduates of this Master's degree are currently working as:
-PhD students
-Researchers in the public and private sectors
-Clinical and educational doctorate students.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Secondary School Head of Year, Unspecified London Borough
-Secondary School Teacher (A level Pyschology, Health and Society, Unspecified Secondary School
-Secondary School Teacher, Unspecified Catholic School and Sixth Form
-Special Educational Needs (SEN) Teaching Assistant, Unspecified Academy
-University Liaison Officer, Overseas Students Service Centre (OSSC)

Employability
This programme offers a comprehensive research training in developmental and 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 third year in succession the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) has been ranked as the world's leading university for Education (QS World University Rankings 2016). Our alumni include government ministers; heads of schools, other educational institutions and NGOs; and Olympians and prize-winning authors.

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This course is for non-psychology graduates with either no or limited study in the subject. For example you may wish to change career path or may have a psychology degree that is not accredited by the. Read more

This course is for non-psychology graduates with either no or limited study in the subject. For example you may wish to change career path or may have a psychology degree that is not accredited by the British Psychological Society and wish to develop a career as a psychologist.

The course gives you

  • a thorough knowledge and scientific understanding of the British Psychological Society core areas of psychology
  • Graduate Basis for Chartered membership
  • the skills and knowledge needed for a career in psychology
  • the skills needed to complete pyschology research
  • improved independence and employability through enhanced evaluative and reflective skills
  • learning opportunities addressing issues at the forefront of psychology
  • a supportive, engaging, enjoyable and challenging learning experience

With an emphasis on research experience, this course is ideal if you are considering further training in areas such as educational or clinical psychology.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), provided you achieve an overall mark of at least 50 per cent and pass your dissertation. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Course structure

Full-time – one day per week for one year

Part-time – typically one day per week for two years

Modules

The modules you study reflect the core components of psychology as stipulated by the Britsh Psychology Society.

  • Cognitive psychobiology
  • Research issues in applied developmental psychology
  • Social psychology and individual differences
  • Statistics
  • Research dissertation and continuing professional development

Option modules

One from

  • clinical neuropsychopharmacology
  • theory and practice in counselling and psychotherapy
  • healthy and clinical ageing

Assessment

  • research experiments
  • practical reports
  • presentations
  • coursework essays
  • examinations
  • information packs
  • research proforma
  • individual research project

Employability

This course gives you the skills and knowledge to

  • begin a research career in psychology, such as research worker posts or doctoral research.
  • progress on to further professional training routes including clinical, educational, forensic, occupational, counselling or even sports and exercise psychology.
  • gain lecturing or teaching posts in psychology.

The major career routes you can choose as a qualified psychologist are in • clinical psychology • educational psychology • occupational psychology • health psychology • forensic psychology • counselling psychology • research.

Further work experience in a relevant setting is usually required before you can begin a postgraduate training course in one of these areas.

Our careers central website contains useful careers information for students studying psychology.



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