MSc Educational Psychology


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How you will be taught

  • Learning experiences in the university are closely linked with those from a series of practical placements in local authority psychological services.
  • Active and self-managed learning methods are emphasised.
  • The curriculum is delivered through a range of traditional teaching and learning sessions, practical tasks, role play, video analysis and feedback, peer tutoring and assessment, demonstration and other forms of experiential learning. The utilisation of problem based learning provides an integrated model of teaching and learning.

How you will be assessed

There are no traditional written examinations. All assessment is continuous by written academic reports and assignments, oral presentations, a major research thesis, a placement file documenting planning, activities and reflection in both placements, observation and rating by supervisors of performance while on placement as well as oral examination by the external examiner (for a sample of students).

There is also a strong emphasis on self-assessment. You will be required to keep a Personal Learning Plan, to identify and monitor your targets related to particular skills or bodies of knowledge. These are reviewed in regular appraisal meetings with your university tutor. Grading of work are on a pass/fail basis. Summative assessment incorporates a formative element and trainees are asked to identify action points to address in the next piece of assessed work.

You will be allocated an academic tutor from the programme team.  There are optional and compulsory tutorials (review meetings) which can be undertaken face-to-face and/or using teleconferencing or videoconferencing facilities.  There are 3 way phone calls and visits involving your academic tutor and placement tutor. You will have supervisors for the collaborative project in year 1 and the thesis in year 2. You will get feedback on academic reports and opportunity to discuss the feedback with the academic tutor. On placement you will have a minimum of one hour’s supervision per week with your practice tutor.

What you will study

Based on the assumption that educational psychology is primarily about effective learning in different contexts, the course includes the following taught academic modules that reflect the different ages/stages as well as the various organisational contexts that educational psychologists work to.

There are 5 compulsory academic modules:

Year 1
  • Introduction to Educational Psychology Practice
  • Educational Psychology Practice in the Early Years
  • Educational Psychology Practice in the Primary Years
Year 2
  • Educational Psychology Practice in Secondary and Post-School Years
  • Advanced Educational Psychology Practice

These modules are designed to facilitate exploration of the following curricular areas in a holistic and integrated manner: child and adolescent development – normal and exceptional; assessment and intervention – individual and systemic; contexts and systems in which children and young people develop and learn; research and evaluation methods; and transferable interpersonal and professional skills.

There are also 2 compulsory placement modules, undertaken in local authority Psychological Services, one in Year 1 and the other in Year 2.

The course begins with a university based 5 week block induction period followed by a block placement, in a local authority psychological service, of 3 weeks. Thereafter, the normal pattern of attendance is placement on Mondays and Tuesdays; university-based teaching on Wednesdays and Thursdays; and Fridays for independent study and collaborative work. There are additional periods of block placement and independent study weeks.

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