Taught course

Education (Psychology and Education)

University of Cambridge · Faculty of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK 2:1 Honours Degree.

Months of entry


Course content

This route is intended for applicants who have a background or strong interest in education, have undertaken some previous study of psychology, perhaps within their first degree, and now wish to develop their knowledge in this area further.

The route offers a well-rounded programme encompassing many areas of psychology relevant to the study of human development, learning and education. A series of taught sessions and discussions support students to discover, engage with and to critically appraise key theoretical and empirical advances in the discipline of psychology as applied to education. Through these research-led teaching sessions, students have the opportunity to investigate how psychological approaches, including those drawn from developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, biological psychology, social psychology and individual differences, have been used to investigate particular aspects of education, learning and development across the lifespan.

These sessions are accompanied by the study of quantitative and other research methods in psychology. Students are also warmly encouraged to attend our Academic Group research seminars, where a variety of internationally relevant speakers join us to explore contemporary psychological explanations and research applications in a broad range of educational contexts.

At the end of the taught component of the route, students complete their own research dissertation based on topics of their choosing that align with the expertise of the psychology team.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, students will have:

  • a comprehensive understanding of research techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature applicable to their specific educational domain;
  • demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
  • shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies; and
  • demonstrated self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    10 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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