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Educational Psychology (MSc)

Course Description

Why this course?

The course is one of the largest in the UK and one of only two programmes of its kind in Scotland, approved by the BPS.

The MSc in Educational Psychology is designed to help you work effectively as an educational psychologist with young people, teachers, parents and other professionals.

This course, together with the Stage 2 Qualification in Educational Psychology, (Scotland) from the British Psychological Society (BPS), meets the requirements for registration as an educational psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/educationalpsychology/

You’ll study

The course takes 24 months and is available on a full-time basis only. Entry is offered every two years, with an intake in September 2015, 2017 and so on.

There is a balanced mix of teaching and practical work in both years of the course. In the first year, you'll spend time:
- shadowing and observing
- carrying out practice-based assignments
- carrying out a collaborative group project

In the second year, the focus shifts to an 'apprenticeship' role. You’ll tackle the work of an educational psychologist under the supervision of your practice tutor. There’s also an individual project to complete.

Work placement

In Year 1, after an initial three-week block placement, trainee educational psychologists (TEPs) spend two days per week on placement with a local authority Psychological Service in Scotland, working on case studies and assignments. You’ll also work with children, young people and families across the key roles for an educational psychologist of consultation, assessment, intervention, training and research.

You’ll undertake three further two-week block placements: two in educational psychological services (one of which must be in Scotland but the second of which could be abroad) and the third in another form of community-based service (which, again, could be abroad).

Teaching staff

Our staff have had textbooks and papers on frameworks for educational psychology practice, assessment and implementation science, on the key reading lists of all educational psychology training programmes in the UK, contributing to international conferences.


The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society.
It’s a Stage 1 Qualification which allows graduates to undertake the Society’s Stage 2 Qualification in their first year of practice as probationers in Scotland.
This meets the requirements for registration as Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professionals Council and allows you to work as an educational psychologist in the UK.

International students

Please note, this course is not available to international students.

Learning & teaching

We use the following teaching methods to develop academic and professional skills and knowledge:
- seminars/lectures/workshops
- practice-based assignments
- TEP presentations
- independent reading
- individual tutorials
- problem-based learning involving collaborative/peer-led working
- use of interactive computer technology

Individual tutorials are held three times each 10-week term, normally for 30 minutes, on dates specified in advance. They provide opportunities for discussion of practical issues arising from placements, clarification of questions arising from seminars and workshops and discussion of any administrative matters. Additional tutorials are available on request.

Teaching takes place in the University on Mondays and Tuesdays during term-time. You spend Thursdays and Fridays in your long-term placements with a psychological service. Wednesdays are study days.


Academic learning outcomes are assessed through:
- 5,000 word term-time essays (6 in total across Years 1 & 2)
- Year 1 and Year 2 projects (each of 15,000 words)
- participation in seminars
- presentations (for example, on initial block placement and Spring and Summer short placements, case study and project
presentations) individual tutorials

Professional practice learning outcomes are assessed through:
- a practice workfile
- critical performance indicators (CPIs) for professional practice
- term-time assignments and problem-based learning
- Year 1 collaborative project and Year 2 individual project
- three-way meetings with TEPs, university and practice tutors


- How much will I earn?
Pay scales in Scotland are set by the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT).
Educational psychologists in Scottish local authorities earn in the region of £40,638 to £49,791. Senior and principal educational psychologists earn between £52,890 and £61,296.*

- Where are they now?
96.3% of graduates are in work or further study**

Job titles include:
- Educational Psychologist

Employers include:
- Local Authorities

*Information is intended only as a guide.

**Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (2010/11 and 2011/12).

Find information Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/

Visit the Educational Psychology (MSc) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first or good second-class Honours degree in Psychology (or an equivalent accredited conversion qualification in Psychology), recognised by the BPS as providing the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership; AND a minimum of one-two years professional experience of work with children, young people, families and professional colleagues (not necessarily in teaching), along with evidence of a commitment to a career in educational psychology

Course Fees

2015/16: Scotland/EU £9,500; Rest of UK £9,500

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