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 three years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Start date September 2017

Programme overview

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. 

Fees for 2017/18

Full-time fees

UK/EU
£6,400
Overseas
£15,700

Part-time fees

UK/EU
£3,200

Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

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, 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.

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).

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.

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

Read more about the careers of some of our graduates. Graduates of this route have gone on to careers in educational psychology, clinical psychology, occupational psychology, counselling psychology or neuropsychology, and doctoral level research. For more information on psychology careers and accredited courses, please see guidance from the BPS.

How to apply
Application deadline:

15 June 2017.

International students

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

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.

Joyce

REF 2014 results

Categories 5 and 25 apply. Please see full REF 2014 results for the University of Bristol.


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

Get in touch

Student Services Office Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 4491 Email: ed-masters-admiss@bristol.ac.uk

Graduate School of Education
University of Bristol
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Bristol
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