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This route is intended for applicants who have a background or strong interest in education, have undertaken some previous study of psychology, perhaps within their first degree, and now wish to develop their knowledge in this area further.

The route offers a well-rounded programme encompassing many areas of psychology relevant to the study of human development, learning and education. A series of taught sessions and discussions support students to discover, engage with and to critically appraise key theoretical and empirical advances in the discipline of psychology as applied to education. Through these research-led teaching sessions, students have the opportunity to investigate how psychological approaches, including those drawn from developmental psychologycognitive psychologybiological psychologysocial psychology and individual differences, have been used to investigate particular aspects of education, learning and development across the lifespan.

These sessions are accompanied by the study of quantitative and other research methods in psychology. Students are also warmly encouraged to attend our Academic Group research seminars, where a variety of internationally relevant speakers join us to explore contemporary psychological explanations and research applications in a broad range of educational contexts.

 At the end of the taught component of the route, students complete their own research dissertation based on topics of their choosing that align with the expertise of the psychology team.

The Faculty also offers a conversion course add-on accredited by the British Psychology Society. The conversion course carries an additional fee. Please see the course website for further details:

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, students will have:

  • a comprehensive understanding of research techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature applicable to their specific educational domain;
  • demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
  • shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies; and
  • demonstrated self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.


Students wishing to continue from the Master of Education to PhD or EdD are required to achieve a mark of 70 or higher for the thesis.


The course is composed of two key elements:

  • the research methods training course
  • the Psychology and Education thematic route

Teaching time is split between the two elements, with 32 hours of teaching being given to research methods and 64 hours being given to the subject-specific content. The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, smaller group seminars and supervisions.

One to one supervision

4.5 hours per year (nine in total) with an experienced member of academic or research staff. These comprise a mixture of small group and 1:1 discussions.

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Seminars & classes

The course involves 96 hours of face-to-face teaching over the two years. This is made up of a mixture of lectures and small group seminars. Teaching sessions take place in the Faculty, once a week (on Wednesday afternoons) in the Michaelmas and Lent terms. There is only a small amount of teaching in the Easter term.


In the Easter term, students are required to give short presentations with slides about their research.


Throughout the programme, written work is submitted and formative feedback is provided. Students submit two essays and a thesis. Informally, feedback is also provided through regular supervisions. At the end of each term, supervisors write an online report which can be viewed by the student via the Cambridge Graduate Supervision Reporting System.

Visit the Master of Education (Psychology and Education) page on the University of Cambridge website for more details!




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