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MEd Psychology of Education

Year of entry: 2021

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Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Education (MEd)
Duration
12 months (full-time); 24 months (part-time)
Entry requirements

We require a UK bachelor's degree with a First or Upper Second classification or the overseas equivalent, in any discipline.

When assessing your academic record we take into account the grades you have achieved, your academic references and the standing of the institution where you studied your qualification.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

This programme has now reached capacity for full-time entry for September 2021 and as such no further applications are being considered. 

Applications for this course are very competitive. Due to the high demand we may not be able to offer places to all applicants who have the entry qualifications that we require. If you meet our entry requirements but we are unable to make you an offer you may be placed on a waiting list. Candidates on a waiting list will receive an offer only if places become available.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MEd Y Y N N

Course overview

  • We're ranked in the top ten universities in the UK for Education (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021).
  • Explore core areas of psychology specifically in relation to education, developing critical skills in the evaluation and analysis of current research, theory and practice.
  • Ignite or progress your career in educational psychology, research, academia or another education-based pathway.
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Educational Psychology at The University of Manchester

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Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2021, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MEd (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £10,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £20,000
  • MEd (part-time)
    UK students (per annum): £5,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £10,000

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for international students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit postgraduate fees

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

We offer a number of postgraduate taught scholarships and merit awards to outstanding applicants and international students.

In addition, the Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a first-class Bachelor's degree within the last three years and are progressing to a postgraduate taught Master's course.

For more information, see Fees and funding or search the University's postgraduate funding database .

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
School of Environment, Education and Development +44 (0) 161 275 2814
Email
Website
http://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/subjects/education/postgraduatetaught/
School/Faculty
See: The School .

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require a UK bachelor's degree with a First or Upper Second classification or the overseas equivalent, in any discipline.

When assessing your academic record we take into account the grades you have achieved, your academic references and the standing of the institution where you studied your qualification.

English language

Applicants whose first language is not English should meet the following language requirements:

  • IELTS test score of 6.5 or more overall, with a minimum writing score of 6.5 and no other subsection below 6.0
  • TOEFL internet-based test score of 90 or more overall, with a minimum writing score of 22 and no other subsection below 20
  • Pearson Test of English score of 59 or more overall, with a minimum writing score of 59 and no other subsection below 59 
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) overall score of 176 or above, with 176 in writing and no sub-section below 169 -OR- Grade C if taken before January 2015 (Please note that the Cambridge First Certificate in English is not acceptable)

This course places great demands on students in terms of English language skills. We therefore need to verify English language proficiency at the time of application. We are sorry that we are unable to consider applications from non-native speakers of English unless they include their test report form from one of the above tests, showing the required minimum scores.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Applicants from Majority English-speaking countries

If you are a national of a  majority English-speaking country  (or have studied for a full bachelor's degree or higher from one of these countries) you may be exempt from submitting further evidence of English language proficiency.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from across the globe. To help international students the university provides specific information for many individual countries. Please see our  country-specific information page   for guidance on the academic and English language qualifications which may be accepted from your country.

Professional entry qualification

If you do not meet our academic entry qualification criterion, your admission may still be approved if satisfactory evidence of postgraduate study, research or substantial relevant professional experience can be provided.

Application and selection

How to apply

This programme has now reached capacity for full-time entry for September 2021 and as such no further applications are being considered. 

Applications for this course are very competitive. Due to the high demand we may not be able to offer places to all applicants who have the entry qualifications that we require. If you meet our entry requirements but we are unable to make you an offer you may be placed on a waiting list. Candidates on a waiting list will receive an offer only if places become available.

Advice to applicants

Please submit the following documents with your completed application form:
  • copies of official degree certificates and transcripts of your previous study, showing the subjects taken and grades obtained. If these documents are in languages other than English please provide official translations;
  • two written academic references on official institution letterhead, signed, dated, stamped and containing the official university email address of your referees. Alternatively, your referees can send us the reference letters directly from their official university email address. If you have had a substantial period away from any formal learning, professional references may be considered. Professional references should be written on official company letterhead, signed, dated, stamped and containing the professional email address of your referees. Alternatively, your referees can send us the reference letters directly from their professional email address.
  • a personal statement (maximum 500 words) detailing why you wish to study the course, your experiences, what you can bring to the course and any other information that you see as relevant to your application;
  • your CV;
  • copies of English Language Certification, eg IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson test score report.

Ensure that you enclose all the necessary documents, as the delay caused in having to seek any missing documents from you might adversely prejudice your application.

How your application is considered

Applications for MEd Psychology of Education are very competitive. Due to the high demand for the programme we may not be able to offer places to all applicants who have the entry qualifications that we require. If we are unable to consider you for an offer you may be placed on a waiting list. Candidates on a waiting list will only be considered for an offer if places become available.

Once your application has been received, our admissions team will contact you. We may ask you to submit additional information, if necessary.

If you decide to accept your offer, when you arrive in Manchester you will be required to show to us the original documents which demonstrate your academic qualifications and your English language ability.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

Students are advised that to conduct research with vulnerable groups - including children and young people - or in schools or similar educational settings (eg nurseries, playgroups), they will require to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

The University will facilitate DBS applications for students who propose work that will require certification.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. 

In your new application, you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

The MEd Psychology of Education has a long-standing reputation for excellence as a masters course that can be completed in one year full-time or across two years part-time.

The course covers core areas of psychology specifically in relation to education.

Students will develop critical skills in the evaluation and analysis of current research, theory and practice across education and psychology.

The MEd can ignite or progress your career pathway within educational psychology helping you to target goals such as the Professional doctorate in Educational Psychology, a research career (for example through completion of a research PhD) as well as supporting careers targeting education and school based options.

Aims

The course has been designed to prepare students for careers involving psychology by providing a strong grounding in psychology as applied to educational contexts. You will:

  • experience an ethos of independent and co-operative learning and research;
  • develop critical skills in the evaluation and analysis of current research, theory and practice in psychology and education;
  • gain eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Status from the British Psychological Society.

Special features

  • The Manchester Institute of Education (MIE) has a world-leading reputation for excellence in educational research and is the leading provider of doctoral programmes in the North West.
  • Our research improves the quality of education across the world, with 78% of our activity defined as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • The course provides a high-quality and rewarding learning experience that focuses on up to date research within group discussions and lectures.

Teaching and learning

Teaching encourages student participation as well as developing understanding regarding the practical application of psychology within education.

We aim to build on the expertise of our students, many of whom are experienced teachers, and who bring with them a wealth of knowledge and practical experience from a wide range of different countries.

You can choose to study full-time or part-time, enabling you to fit learning around your other commitments.

Teaching takes place on Mondays and Thursdays at 1.30-4pm and 5.30-8pm. Part-time students can choose to attend either both afternoons, both evenings or all of one day. Part-time students are advised to contact the course director and discuss their application in the first instance.

Coursework and assessment

Our course team work to support the individual needs of our students. You will be allocated a personal academic advisor who will guide your academic and professional development.

We employ a range of teaching methods and formats to ensure a varied and engaging learning experience. Each course unit has a written assessment that will be followed by formative and summative feedback.

The dissertation features the opportunity for an empirical research study of your choosing and can involve qualitative, quantitative or mixed research methods.

The course is led by Dr Sarah MacQuarrie .

Find out more about postgraduate teaching and learning methods at Manchester .

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Learning and Individual Differences EDUC60721 15 Mandatory
Social Psychology of Education EDUC60732 15 Mandatory
Introduction to Neuroscience and Education EDUC60741 15 Mandatory
Cognition and Education EDUC60742 15 Mandatory
Research Principles and Practice EDUC60771 15 Mandatory
Research Methods and Analysis EDUC60772 15 Mandatory
Psychological Perspectives in Child Development EDUC70121 15 Mandatory
Applied Prevention in Education EDUC70122 15 Mandatory

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a number of postgraduate taught scholarships and merit awards to outstanding applicants and international students.

In addition, the Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a first-class Bachelor's degree within the last three years and are progressing to a postgraduate taught Master's course.

For more information, see Fees and funding or search the University's postgraduate funding database .

Facilities

The Manchester Institute of Education (MIE) is located in the University's Ellen Wilkinson Building, which is centrally located on the University's Oxford Road campus, close to the Main Library, Alan Gilbert Learning Commons and the Students Union. Here you will find all of your teaching staff and support staff.

You will be able to access and benefit from the excellent range of facilities throughout the University, including our libraries (one of the best resourced in the country), careers, student support and IT services.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service.

For more information, email  dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

Manchester Institute of Education (MIE) graduates go on to shape education policy and practice through positions in NGOs and in the public and private sector. Potential careers include:

  • professional roles in education (this includes teaching within primary, secondary and specialist settings);
  • lecturing (FE and HE);
  • research;
  • teacher education;
  • educational administration;
  • leadership;
  • consultancy;
  • publishing;
  • testing;
  • assessment.

A common career pathway for MEd Psychology in Education graduates is professional training as a psychologist. We have a good conversion rate in this regard, with recent MEd graduates accepted onto doctorate-level training in educational, clinical and counselling psychology.

Graduates of the University of Manchester are sought-after and have a 94% employability rate.

Careers support

The University has its own dedicated Careers Service that you would have full access to as a student and for two years after you graduate. At Manchester you will have access to a number of opportunities to help boost your employability .

Careers Support for International Students

The Careers Service provide specialist resources, advice and events for international students to help with career planning and making the most of your time while studying in Manchester.

Global Networks

The University of Manchester is proud to have the largest global alumni community of any campus based university in the UK. International alumni groups are a great way to keep in touch with fellow Manchester graduates in your country. It is an opportunity to build professional and social networks.

You can view the alumni networks already operating across the globe,  here

Accrediting organisations

MEd Psychology of Education confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Status from the British Psychological Society (BPS).