Taught course

Educational Psychology

University of Dundee · School of Education and Social Work

Entry requirements

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).

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.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is the first stage in training to become an educational psychologist.

The Scottish Government and Scottish local authorities have agreed a partnership funding approach which means that you will receive a grant covering training fees and living costs.

You will learn how to apply psychology in practice to work with children and young people, parents, teachers, carers, and other professionals.

You will also learn how to enhance effective learning, promote well-being, positive social, emotional and behavioural development, encourage co-operative problem solving, and support inclusion for all.

During the course you will take part in two practical placements, while also exploring:

  • 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
  • transferable interpersonal and professional skills

Arranged by us, the placements will take place within local authority psychological services throughout Scotland. As far as possible we aim that your placement will be no more than one hour travel time from your home address.

Once you have successfully completed this course you will go on to a further year of supervised practice in an accredited local authority psychological service.

This will lead to you gaining the Qualification in Educational Psychology (Scotland) (Stage 2), and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Information for international students

This course is not open to overseas students.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Sarah Hulme
+44 (0)1382 381488