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    1 year full time, 2 years part time, up to 5 years flexible learning

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    04 January 2018

Course Content

Course content

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 for Chartered Membership so that they can proceed to professional training as an educational or other psychologist.

About this degree

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


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 exercises, critiques of set research articles and extended pieces of writing on set topics.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Psychology of Education MSc


For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Graduates of this Master's degree are currently working as:

  • PhD students
  • researchers in the public and private sectors
  • clinical and educational doctorate students.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Secondary School Head of Year, London Borough of Wandsworth Council
  • Special Educational Needs (SEN) Teaching Assistant, Unspecified Academy
  • University Liaison Officer, Overseas Students Service Centre (OSSC)
  • DEdPsy in Educational Psychology, University of East London (UEL)


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.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

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 fourth year in succession the IOE has been ranked number one 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.

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





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