Taught course

Educational Psychology

University of Dundee · School of Education and Social Work

Entry requirements

You must hold a first or upper second class Honours degree in Psychology or other qualification which is recognised by the BPS as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). You also require a minimum of two years full-time work experience with children, young people and/or their families on entry. Selection procedures take into account previous academic performance, experience, references, performance in interview and performance in a variety of tasks and group activities. The selection process involves university staff and practitioners from the field. The closing date for applications is January in the year the course commences.

Months of entry


Course content

Learning experiences in the University are closely linked with those from a series of practical placements in local authority psychological services. Practical placements occupy two days per week in university teaching time, together with full-time blocks, each of a few weeks' duration. Active and self-managed learning methods are emphasised.

A key feature of the programme 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 provides an integrated model of teaching and learning as it crosses subject boundaries.

The programme incorporates a spiral curriculum whereby there is an iterative revisiting of topics, subjects or themes throughout the programme. Trainees 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.

Information for international students

The IELTS requirements for this course are 8.5 due to the practical nature of this course.

Fees and funding

Candidates are advised that they are required to self-fund. SAAS tuition fee loans are available for this course for students who meet the eligibility criteria. The SAAS tuition fee loan webpage provides more information and links

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Course Administrator
+44 (0)1382 381458