MSc Psychology of Education (BPS)

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Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time
Two to five years part-time
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Not fixed
Start date September 2016

Programme overview

The MSc Psychology of Education provides a Masters-level grounding in psychology, with particular attention to its implications for education and other professional practice.

We offer two routes through the Psychology of Education programme; you can opt to complete the programme leading to the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS), or you can undertake a more flexible programme which leads to award of the Masters in Education (Psychology) degree without accreditation by the BPS. 

After successfully completing the BPS route of the MSc Psychology of Education, students will be eligible to apply to the BPS for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership and for the further professional training accredited by the BPS, and may go on to work towards careers in educational psychology, clinical psychology, occupational psychology, counselling 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 candidates 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.  For more information on Psychology careers and accredited courses, please see guidance from the BPS.

This programme is available on a full-time or a part-time basis.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees


Part time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

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. This remaining unit must be taken from one of the following:

  • 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


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

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; for example work in schools or settings for vulnerable clients.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile E
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


We aim to offer our students the academic and personal development opportunities that will equip them to respond to the intellectual, social and personal challenges that they will encounter throughout their lives and careers.  

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, world wide
  • Adaptable with the potential to be leaders in work and in the community. 

Graduates of this route have gone on to careers in educational psychology, clinical psychology, occupational psychology, counselling psychology or neuropsychology, and doctoral level research.

Read more about the journeys of some of our graduates.

How to apply
Application deadline:

Not fixed but early application is advised.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

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REF 2014 results

  • 25% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 35% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 30% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 10% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

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Graduate School of Education
University of Bristol
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