Masters | Postgraduate Course - Education (Psychology of Education) MSc Course Details within University of Bristol

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Education (Psychology of Education) MSc

Study Details

MSc One year full-time; two to three years part-time

This MSc provides a Master's-level grounding in psychology, paying particular attention to its implications for education and other professional practice. This pathway will be suitable if you already hold Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) status, or if you do not intend to work as a psychologist in the UK after graduation.

You will study alongside students on the MSc Psychology of Education BPS programme and have access to the same units. The key difference between the two programmes is that you will have more flexibility in your choice of units. You will not be required to undertake work in statistics, and can choose from a wider range of optional units. This programme of study leads to the MSc Education (Psychology of Education), but does not make you eligible for GBC.

Module details

Core units

  • Introduction to Educational Inquiry

Plus 60 credits from:

  • Brain, Mind and Education
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social and Socio-Cultural Psychology
  • The Psychology of Individual Differences

Optional units

Students following this programme may select 40 credits of optional units from across the school.


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

Entry Requirements

An upper second-class undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) and a minimum of one year's appropriate professional experience in settings relevant to psychology and education (eg schools, support services for vulnerable young people, special education).

Applicants for this programme are required to demonstrate either a substantial academic background in psychology (normally, at least 60 credits at undergraduate level), or that they have obtained significant work experience in an area relevant to psychology.

Student Destinations

We offer academic and personal development opportunities to equip you for the intellectual, social and personal challenges 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