• For Entry: September 2019
  • Duration: 24 months
  • School: Education & Social Work
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Accredited by the BPS, a two-year full-time professional training course leading to qualification as an Educational Psychologist.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

A profession for the 21st century: Our mission statement is "to enable trainee educational psychologists to develop and apply the knowledge, skills and values that will allow them to practise as confident, competent educational psychology professionals of the highest standard in order to make a positive difference for a wide range of people."

The deadline for this course has been extended - The deadline for applications for September 2019 entry is Friday 26 April 2019.
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The Scottish Government and Scottish local authorities have agreed a partnership funding approach which will mean that educational psychology trainees will receive a grant which will cover training fees and living costs. For more information see the Fees and Funding section.

This two-year full-time professional training course leads to qualification as an Educational Psychologist and eligibility for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as an Educational Psychologist, after a further year of supervised practice in an accredited local authority psychological service and obtaining the Qualification in Educational Psychology (Scotland) (Stage 2).

A key feature of the course at Dundee is Problem Based Learning (PBL) which has been shown to be effective in promoting the development of active independent learning as well as collaborative learning. PBL will provide you with an integrated model of teaching and learning as it crosses subject boundaries.

The course incorporates a spiral curriculum whereby there is an iterative revisiting of topics, subjects or themes throughout the course. You will build new knowledge on prior knowledge and achieve better understanding by exploring topics at deepening levels and in more complexity. Examples of this are the teaching and practical application of frameworks for practice; working with video to reflect on effective communication; and the development of critical reflection skills.

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Educational Psychology trainees in the classroom

Aims of the course

The aims of the course are:

  • to enable you to apply your psychological understanding and knowledge in partnership with a diverse population of children, young people, their families / carers and services in a range of contexts and settings, in order to promote their psychological well-being and enhance their educational opportunity.
  • to enable you to acknowledge the importance of and promote equal opportunities practice.
  • to ensure that you have knowledge and understanding of a range of psychological theories, evidence, approaches, research and practice
  • to enable you to develop the ability to apply psychological methods, insights and interventions in work with a diverse range of clients, problems and contexts.

Who should study this course?

The course is ideal if you wish to train as an educational psychologist. You should have a wide variety of previous qualifications, experience and employment history.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

Educational Psychology trainees in the classroom

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 an interview with the external examiner (for a sample of students). You will be assessed against the core competencies as articulated in the British Psychological Society (2017) Standards for the Accreditation of Doctoral Programmes in Educational Psychology in Scotland.

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 academic tutor. Grading of work is 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.

Educational Psychology trainees in the classroom

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; 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 two weeks. Thereafter, the normal pattern of attendance is two days on placement; two days of university-based teaching; and one day for independent study and collaborative work. There are additional periods of block placement and independent study weeks.

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Training to become an Educational Psychologist (EP) in Scotland is undertaken over 3 years and consists of 2 separate stages.

Stage 1 involves studying for a Master of Science in Educational Psychology, which is a 2 year full time course, combining study with research and supervised placements.

On completion of the MSc in Educational Psychology, you can progress to Stage 2 of your training - the Qualification in Educational Psychology (Scotland)(Stage 2). The Qualification is conferred by the British Psychological Society (BPS) on successful completion of one full time year of supervised practice in a local authority psychological service and meeting the requirements as specified (for more information on the Qualification please refer to the BPS website).

From 1 July 2009, if you wish to practise as an educational psychologist in the UK you must be registered with the regulatory body, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The Qualification has been approved by the HCPC, and Qualification holders are therefore eligible for registration as practitioner psychologists.

We have an excellent success rate in trainees completing the course and embarking on the next stage of their training.

Former Student

“The director and tutors create a critically reflective, collaborative and supportive course facilitating an environment to gain the knowledge and skills required as an EP - while having fun along the way!”

Former Student

“I think the format of the course really helps because you have two days on placement where you get practical experience and two days back at the University where you have the chance to reflect.”

There are several key criteria which must be met in order for applicants to be considered for entry to the programme:

  • You must be a UK or EU student. This course is not open to overseas students.
  • You must hold a 1st or 2.1 honours degree in Psychology or an equivalent qualification, which is recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for their Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). This was known previously as Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR).
  • All applicants, particularly those whose first degree was taken outside the UK, should check with the BPS that their degree meets the standard for GBC. The BPS can be contacted at +44 (0)116 254 9568, fax +44 (0)116 227 1314, or email enquiry@bps.org.uk
  • You must also have at least the equivalent of a minimum of two years' full-time work experience with children, young people and/or their families on entry to the programme. Examples of relevant experience would include work as a teacher in schools or further education, or as a teaching assistant, social work assistant, residential child care officer, community education worker, youth club worker, literacy tutor, assistant psychologist (clinical or educational), research assistant (in some cases), careers adviser and so on. Relevant paid and voluntary, part-time and full-time work can be taken into account. Work undertaken must be clearly set out in the application with dates and information regarding full time equivalence.
  • All successful applicants are subject to a Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme check prior to embarking on the programme. This is organised by the University although applicants are required to pay the fee, which can cost up to £59 depending on whether the applicants are registered with Disclosure Scotland or not.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 8.5
Listening 8.0
Reading 8.0
Writing 8.0
Speaking 8.0

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

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The Scottish Government and Scottish local authorities have agreed a partnership funding approach which will mean that educational psychology trainees will receive a grant which will cover training fees and living costs for the 3 year period to complete the 2 stages of training - that is the MSc in Educational Psychology (Stage 1) and the BPS Qualification in Educational Psychology (Scotland) (Stage 2). 

The grant is made up of two elements. The first element is fees to the training providers i.e. University fees for the MSc, and fees for the QEP(S). The second element is funding for living costs - £15,000 for each of the 3 years of training (2 years MSc and one year QEP (S)).

The grant is underpinned by conditions including a requirement to practice for a minimum of a two year period as an educational psychologist in Scotland post qualification. If you are paid a grant but you do not complete the three years of training, you must pay it back. You will also need to pay back all or part of a grant if you do not complete the post-qualification work commitment period. Currently, in addition to Scottish residents, students from the rest of the UK and from the EU will be entitled to grant funding providing they agree to the conditions of the funding.

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee statusFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £9,650 per year of study
Rest of UK students £9,650 per year of study
International students (non-EU) Not available for International (non-EU) students
Fee statusFees for students starting 2020-21
Scottish and EU students £9,650 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
Rest of UK students £9,650 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
International students (non-EU) Not available for International (non-EU) students
See our scholarships for International applicants

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students will increase by no more than 5% per year for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

This course will next run in September 2019. The deadline for applications for September 2019 entry is Friday 26 April 2019.

You apply for this course through our Direct Application System, which is free of charge. You can find out more information about making your application when you click Apply Now below

  Degree Course code
Apply nowEducational Psychology MScP026357

Course Contact

Dr Elizabeth Hannah
Education and Social Work
+44 (0)1382 381463