The Education (Psychology) MA will introduce students to key theoretical issues in the psychology of education, critical analysis of psychological theory and research and its contribution to educational issues and practice. It will develop students' understanding of research processes and give them the opportunity to undertake research in psychology of education.
Students develop understanding of current issues in the psychology of education and have the 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 should 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), or three optional modules (90 credits) and a report (30 credits).
Students choose two optional modules either from the list below and/or from the wide range of Master's-level modules across the IOE offering:
All students undertake an independent project which culminates either in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words or a report of 6,000-7,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures given by both IOE academic staff and guest speakers, student preparation of tasks and longer presentations, group work, discussion, computer workshops giving hands-on practice. Assessment is through coursework and one two-hour unseen examination. Coursework can involve small exercises, critiques of set research articles and extended pieces of writing on set topics, and the dissertation/report.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Education (Psychology) MA
Graduates of this Master's degree are currently working as professionals in educational settings, teachers and PhD students.
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.
UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is one of the world's leading centres for education and related areas of social science - students will learn from cutting-edge researchers in the field. For the fourth year in succession the IOE has been ranked as the world's leading university for Education (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017).
Our alumni include government ministers; heads of schools; other educational institutions and NGOs; and Olympians and prize-winning authors.
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: Psychology & Human Development
78% 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.
Visit the Education (Psychology) (MA) page on the University College London website for more details!
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