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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

    Psychology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

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

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    07 January 2019

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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 the psychology of education.

About this degree

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).

Compulsory modules

  • Core Topics in the Psychology of Education
  • Methodology and Statistics

Optional modules

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, subject to availability.

  • Atypical Development
  • Cognitive Development and Learning
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Language Development
  • Literacy Development
  • Personality and Social Psychology in Education
  • Psychological Aspects of Counselling
  • Reading and Spelling Difficulties
  • Social Development

Visit the UCL Institute of Education website for more information, including module descriptions, which can be seen by clicking on the module title.

Dissertation/report

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, and computer workshops giving hands-on practice. Assessment is through coursework. Coursework can involve critiques of set research articles and extended essays on set topics, and the dissertation/report.

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.

Funding

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 professionals in educational settings, teachers and PhD students.

Employability

This programme offers 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 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.

Department: Psychology & Human Development

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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

This programme is suitable for those who wish to pursue a research career either in academia or the public or private sectors, or progress to further professional training, teachers and professionals working in related fields and people interested in applications of psychology to education. The MA in Education (Psychology) does not confer eligibility for the Graduate Basis of Certified Status with the British Psychological Society.

Application deadlines

26 July 2019

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Education (Psychology) at graduate level
  • why you want to study Education (Psychology) 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.


Visit the Education (Psychology) MA page on the University College London website for more details!

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