MA Psychology and Education

School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences

Join education professionals from all over the world for a postgraduate course that will advance your career.

We value creative teaching that challenges inequalities in the education system. We believe in increasing opportunities for education, for everyone.

The Good Teacher Training Guide 2013 puts our PGDE in the UK top ten for quality and employment prospects. We also run a range of MAs that will help you develop your career.

Our school is home to leading academics like Professor Cathy Nutbrown, who was commissioned by the government to lead an independent review looking at ways to strengthen teaching qualifications, and Professor Dan Goodley, whose work on disability in education has been described as ground-breaking.

About the course

This course will help you understand the challenges facing the education-related world of the 21st century, focusing particularly on psychological theory.

You'll look at the contribution of psychology to education policy and practice in changing international and global contexts.

There are lectures, seminars and workshops. You'll get regular meetings with your personal tutor who will support and encourage your learning and understanding.

There are no formal written exams. You're assessed on coursework and a 15-20,000-word dissertation. An experienced research tutor with relevant expertise will support your dissertation study.

Core modules

  • Critical Issues in Education and Educational Research
  • The Practice of Research
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Psychology and Learning Communities
  • Dissertation


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Discussion
  • Active inquiry
  • Investigations

You'll meet regularly with your personal tutor who'll support and encourage your learning and understanding.


  • Coursework
  • A 15-20,000-word dissertation

For the dissertation study, you'll be supported by an experienced research tutor who has expertise in the appropriate field.

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Postgraduate students in the School of Education

Key facts

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in a related field.

You'll need to include a personal statement with your application.

What to include on your personal statement

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Your career

We offer postgraduate courses that will launch your career in education or aid your continuing professional development.

Our graduates work in the UK and overseas in schools, universities, and local and national government. Some are teachers and lecturers. Others use their skills in policy development, education, administration, psychology and social work.

Specialist resources

Our research seminar programme gives you access to the latest findings, often before they're published. The University's library has online catalogues and databases, e-books and e-journals. There's a wireless network in the department.

About us

You'll learn from world-class academics such as Professor Cathy Nutbrown and Professor Dan Goodley. Cathy, who teaches on three of our postgraduate courses, won an Outstanding Impact in Society award in 2013 for her work on literacy. Dan's work on disability in education has been described as ground-breaking. He heads up the MS in Psychology and Education.

Apply now

You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form.

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)114 222 8115