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MScEducational Psychology

Why this course?

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.

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).

Please read our important information about the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. This is for all applicants applying for courses which involve placement opportunities (working with children or vulnerable adults).

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.

Accreditation

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.

Course content

Classes

Frameworks for Professional Practice
  • local authority structure and organisation
  • organisation and functioning of educational establishments across the statutory age-range
  • principles of inclusion, entitlement and equity
  • legislation and legal issues
  • BPS code of practice and guidelines from other professional bodies (e.g. AEP, HPC)
  • role of related professional agencies 
  • inter-agency working
  • ecological approaches
  • systems theory and its application
  • consultation models
Effective Communication & Interpersonal Skills
  • interpersonal skills with young people and adults
  • negotiation and consultation skills with a range of adults and young people
  • written communication skills at a range of levels and to a variety of audiences (e.g. parents, school staff, other professionals) including practice guidelines and policy documents
  • skills in managing groups and meetings
  • presentation skills and in-service training
  • IT skills
  • court work
Development in Context
  • cognitive, social, play, emotional, language, and physical development within a range of societal contexts
  • family functioning and alternative patterns of child rearing
  • divorce, adoption, fostering
  • abuse of children and young people
  • issues of ethnicity and gender in relation to educational provision
  • bilingualism
  • disability in the family
  • social model of disability
  • development of literacy and numeracy
  • developmental difficulties
Facilitating Change: Assessment & Intervention
  • problem-solving methodology
  • structured and unstructured observation
  • curriculum based assessment
  • norm and criterion referenced assessment of abilities and attainments
  • interactive approaches to assessment e.g. dynamic assessment
  • checklists, profiles, developmental schedules
  • structured and unstructured interviews
  • interpreting and synthesising information from a range of sources
  • up-to-date knowledge of effective intervention strategies
  • competence in the implementation of intervention strategies
  • awareness of the impact of context and systems on the effectiveness of interventions
  • evidence-based selection of intervention methods
Research & Evaluation
  • evaluation methodologies
  • analysis and interpretation of research findings
  • research design, specifically action/applied research
  • presentation and dissemination of research findings
  • evaluation of the outcomes of intervention
  • implementation issues and evidence
Professional Practice
  • local authority structure and organisation
  • organisation and functioning of educational establishments across the statutory age-range
  • principles of inclusion, entitlement and equity
  • legislation and legal issues
  • BPS code of practice and guidelines from other professional bodies (e.g. AEP, HPC)
  • role of related professional agencies
  • inter-agency working
  • ecological approaches
  • systems theory and its application
  • consultation models

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.

Assessment

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

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
    • 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

International students

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

Fees & funding

2018/19

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • £9,500

Rest of UK

  • £9,500

How can I fund my course?

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Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Apply

The MSc Educational Psychology is now closed to applications for entry in September 2017. The next point of entry will be September 2019 and the application window will open again from 1 August 2018 to 31 October 2018 inclusive.

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