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Psychology of Education MSc


Course Description

The MSc Psychology of Education provides a Master's-level grounding in psychology, paying particular attention to its implications for education and other professional practice. It is available on a full-time or a part-time basis. After successfully completing the programme, you will be eligible to apply to the British Psychological Society (BPS) for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, and for the further professional training accredited by the BPS.

Many students go on to careers in educational psychology, clinical psychology or neuropsychology, or engage in doctoral-level research. Entry to all of these is very competitive, but our MSc graduates have historically been very successful applying for EdD, DEdPsych, PhD and DClinPsy courses.

After completing the MSc programme, you will typically spend at least a year building up relevant experience, for example working with special needs pupils or with vulnerable clients, before making a successful application to a professional training programme.

Programme structure

Core units required for BPS accreditation
-Brain, Mind and Education
-Cognition and Learning
-The Psychology of Individual Differences
-Developmental Psychology
-Introduction to Educational Inquiry
-Social and Socio-Cultural Psychology
-Statistics in Education

Optional units
For students seeking BPS accreditation there is only one optional unit, which must be taken from one of the following:
-Collaboration Across Professional Contexts in Special and Inclusive Education
-Controversial Issues in Special and Inclusive Education
-Counselling Young People and Families
-Developing Thinking
-Inclusive Education and Working with Parents/Carers
-Issues in Neuroscience and Education
-Multivariate Statistical Methods in Education

Dissertation
You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation.

Careers

We offer the academic and personal development opportunities to equip you for the intellectual, social and personal challenges that you will encounter during your career. Our overarching goal is to enable our graduates to display the following characteristics:
-Equipped to demonstrate impact, excellence and distinctiveness in their chosen field.
-Visionary, imaginative, innovative, reflective and creative.
-High ideals and values, including a strong sense of social justice.
-Highly employable throughout the world.
-Adaptable, with the potential to be a leader in work and in the community.

Visit the Psychology of Education MSc page on the University of Bristol website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Misako Sano

5259.jpg It is a great moment in my life to be living and studying at the University of Bristol.

As a paediatric occupational therapist working with disabled children in Japan, I am interested in developmental psychology and the education for children with special needs as well as occupational therapy itself.

While I was looking for master courses in the UK I appreciated the kind and helpful reactions of this University’s staff. Even though I had never been in Bristol before, I felt like UoB could satisfy my desire to study abroad in order to expand my knowledge for my future career and my preferences to live in Southern England.

I have a very interesting life in Bristol both in terms of academic and social environment. There are many students from so many different countries, so you can talk to them and easily get to know different cultures, which was one of my purposes when I decided to go and live in a foreign country. Regarding the city of Bristol, I think it is a very convenient place to live as you can get almost everything you want within a 30-minute walk. Although I have not really got used to cold weather in winter, I love Bristol’s beautiful sky, fresh atmosphere and long daytime in spring and summer. Living in the UK is also an advantage for its geographic position. Actually I have already travelled to four countries in Europe during my holidays. I enjoyed in particular my trip to Sweden and Denmark with my Swedish flatmate during Christmas break as I could go to lovely Christmas markets, which cannot be found in Japan.

Studying in a foreign language is still challenging for me. Although I have to put extra effort in my work for both preparation and review, I have found that my course allows us to study with a well-balanced curriculum between theoretical and practical things. Our course has shifted from lectures related to basic scientific knowledge such as neuropsychology and cognitive science in the first term to classes, which require personal empirical expertise in the second term so that we have been able to improve our knowledge.

Furthermore, we have had opportunities to use our work experiences within our studies and to apply our accomplishments to our work as well.

I hope that this experience will contribute toward the growth of my field (Occupational Therapy) in the future.


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Entry Requirements

A UK honours degree (second-class honours or international equivalent); and either a substantial academic background (at least 60 credits at undergraduate level) in psychology, or significant work experience in an area relevant to psychology. One year's appropriate professional experience relevant to psychology (eg work as a teacher, learning support assistant, assistant psychologist or volunteer in schools or settings for vulnerable clients).

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