MEd Psychology of Education / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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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.


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 .


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.

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