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Education (Psychology) (MA)

Course Description

The Education (Psychology) MA will introduce students to key theoretical issues in the psychology of education, critically analyse psychological theory and research, and explore the contribution of psychological theory and research to educational issues and practice. It will develop a student's understanding of research processes and give them the opportunity to undertake research in psychology of education.

See the website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/education-psychology-ma

Key Information

- Application dates
All applicants:
Open: 19 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Special. Only the IELTS is accepted. Applicants must obtain an overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading subtest and 6.0 in the writing subtest.
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements .

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/international .

Degree Information

Students develop understanding of the current issues in the psychology of education and have 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), or three optional modules (90 credits) and a report (30 credits).

- Core Modules
Core Topics in the Psychology of Education
Methodology and Statistics

- Options
Students may choose two optional modules from the following:
Atypical Development
Cognitive Development and Learning
Development Psychology and Psychobiology
Issues in Educational Neuroscience
Language Development
Literacy Development
Personality and Social Psychology in Education
Psychological Aspects of Counselling
Reading and Spelling Difficulties
Social Development
Alternatively a maximum of two modules may be chosen from the wide range of Master's-level modules across the UCL Institute of Education offering.

- Dissertation/report
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates either in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words or report of 6,000-7,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures both given by UCL IOE academic staff and guest speakers, student preparation of tasks and longer presentations, group work, discussion, computer workshops giving hands-on practice. Assessment is through coursework and one two-hour unseen examination. COursework can involve small exercise, critiques of set research articles and extended pieces of writing on set topics, and the dissertation.


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships .


Graduates of this Master's degree are currently working as:
- Professionals in educational settings
- Teachers
- PhD students

Top career destinations for this degree:
- Course Director , Kensington Chelsea College (2011)
- Student Support Worker, St Piers School (For Young People With Epilepsy) (2012)
- Library and Social Programmes Officer, English School of London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) (2012)
- eLearning Project Officer, King's College London (2013)
- Student Support Manager, Hackney University Technical College (UTC) (2013)

- Employability
This programme offers a comprehensive research training in 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.

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 second year in succession the UCL IOE has been ranked as the world's leading university for Education (QS World University Rankings 2015). Our alumni include government ministers; heads of schools; other educational institutions and NGOs; and Olympians and prize-winning authors.

Application and next steps

- 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.

- 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 Education (Psychology) does not confer eligibility for the Graduate BAsis of Certified Status with the British Psychological Society.

This programme is suitable for international students on a Tier 4 visa - study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting October

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.

For more information see the Applications page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply .

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

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in psychology or a related discipline (for example, education, social science, cognitive science, speech/communication science or neuroscience). If the degree does not contain any psychology components, there is a Skype interview to determine suitability for the programme.

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