Postgraduate taught 

Psychology (conversion) MSc: Online distance learning

Educational Psychology (Conversion) (Online Distance Learning) EDUC5964

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course will explore and investigate how psychological theories underpin educational practice, i.e. teaching, learning and assessment. Discussions will cover the experiences of typical pupils and those with learning and behavioural difficulties. This course will also consider how Educational Psychology is understood and practised in the UK.


None - to be developed

Excluded Courses






Essay (100%). Students will submit an essay (2,500 words) online on the topic provided.

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

- provide students with an overview of theories and practices within Educational Psychology in the UK as well as internationally

- develop a critical understanding of psychological theories that underpin former and current Educational
Psychologists' practice (i.e. medical and systemic models) in the UK

- examine the core functions of a psychologist working in the educational context in the UK with particular emphasis
on assessment, intervention and consultation.

- promote students' knowledge of current research areas in educational psychology in the UK as well as internationally

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

- discuss and evaluate the psychological theories underpinning classroom processes, teacher effectiveness, school
and organisational factors in the UK as well as internationally

- critically evaluate psychological assessments (medical vs systemic model) and their underpinning theories

- demonstrate a critical understanding of psychological interventions employed to assist pupils with learning and
behavioural difficulties

- appreciate the role that Educational Psychologists do in relation to other professionals in an educational setting
(e.g. clinical/child psychologists, teachers)

- understand how to investigate, 'measure' and empirically research issues in relation to educational psychology
contexts in the UK as well as internationally

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.