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This two-year full-time professional training course leads to qualification as an Educational Psychologist and eligibility for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as an Educational Psychologist, after a further year of supervised practice in an accredited local authority psychological service and obtaining the Qualification in Educational Psychology (Scotland) (Stage 2).

The course incorporates a spiral curriculum whereby there is an iterative revisiting of topics, subjects or themes throughout the course. You will build new knowledge on prior knowledge and achieve better understanding by exploring topics at deepening levels and in more complexity. Examples of this are the teaching and practical application of frameworks for practice; working with video to reflect on effective communication; and the development of critical reflection skills.

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Aims of the course

The aims of the course are to promote:

  • the acquisition and development of information, theories, evidence, strategies, skills, services and products, which are based on educational psychology, and relevant to:
  • enhancing effective learning
  • promoting positive social, emotional and behavioural development
  • promoting inclusion
  • co-operative problem-solving
  • with children, parents, teachers and a wide range of other carers and other professional agencies

Who should study this course?

The course is ideal if you wish to train as educational psychologist. You should have a wide variety of previous qualifications, experience and employment history.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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Teaching & Assessment

How you will be taught

  • Learning experiences in the university are closely linked with those from a series of practical placements in local authority psychological services.
  • Active and self-managed learning methods are emphasised.
  • The curriculum is delivered through a range of traditional teaching and learning sessions, practical tasks, role play, video analysis and feedback, peer tutoring and assessment, demonstration and other forms of experiential learning. The utilisation of problem based learning provides an integrated model of teaching and learning.

How you will be assessed

There are no traditional written examinations. All assessment is continuous by written academic reports and assignments, oral presentations, a major research thesis, a placement file documenting planning, activities and reflection in both placements, observation and rating by supervisors of performance while on placement as well as oral examination by the external examiner (for a sample of students).

There is also a strong emphasis on self-assessment. You will be required to keep a Personal Learning Plan, to identify and monitor your targets related to particular skills or bodies of knowledge. These are reviewed in regular appraisal meetings with your university tutor. Grading of work is on a pass/fail basis. Summative assessment incorporates a formative element and trainees are asked to identify action points to address in the next piece of assessed work.

You will be allocated an academic tutor from the programme team. There are optional and compulsory tutorials (review meetings) which can be undertaken face-to-face and/or using teleconferencing or videoconferencing facilities. There are 3 way phone calls and visits involving your academic tutor and placement tutor. You will get feedback on academic reports and opportunity to discuss the feedback with the academic tutor. On placement you will have a minimum of one hour’s supervision per week with your practice tutor.

What you will study

Based on the assumption that educational psychology is primarily about effective learning in different contexts, the course includes the following taught academic modules that reflect the different ages/stages as well as the various organisational contexts that educational psychologists work to.

There are 5 compulsory academic modules:

Year 1

  • Introduction to Educational Psychology Practice
  • Educational Psychology Practice in the Early Years
  • Educational Psychology Practice in the Primary Years

Year 2

  • Educational Psychology Practice in Secondary and Post-School Years
  • Advanced Educational Psychology Practice

These modules are designed to facilitate exploration of the following curricular areas in a holistic and integrated manner: child and adolescent development - normal and exceptional; assessment and intervention - individual and systemic; contexts and systems in which children and young people develop and learn; research and evaluation methods; and transferable interpersonal and professional skills.

There are also 2 compulsory placement modules, undertaken in local authority Psychological Services.

The course begins with a university based 5 week block induction period followed by a block placement, in a local authority psychological service, of 3 weeks. Thereafter, the normal pattern of attendance is placement on Mondays and Tuesdays; university-based teaching on Wednesdays and Thursdays; and Fridays for independent study and collaborative work.


Training to become an Educational Psychologist (EP) in Scotland is undertaken over 3 years and consists of 2 separate stages.

Stage 1 involves studying for a Master of Science in Educational Psychology, which is a 2 year full time course, combining study with research and supervised placements.

On completion of the MSc in Educational Psychology, you can progress to Stage 2 of your training - the Qualification in Educational Psychology (Scotland)(Stage 2). The Qualification is conferred by the British Psychological Society (BPS) on successful completion of one full time (or equivalent) year of supervised practice in the employment of a local authority psychological service.

You will be expected to apply for jobs as an educational psychologist when you complete the course. 

From 1 July 2009, if you wish to practise as an educational psychologist in the UK you must be registered with the regulatory body, Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The Qualification has been approved by the HCPC, and Qualification holders are therefore eligible for registration as practitioner psychologists.

Your Application

This course will next run in September 2020

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

Visit the MSc Educational Psychology page on the University of Dundee website for more details!





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