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How long you will study
1 - 2 year

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About Psychosocial Studies and Education at University College London

This masters degree will:

  • introduce you to psychosocial perspectives on education and social care settings
  • explain the ways in which psychosocial concepts – such as the unconscious, subjectivity and desire – contribute to understandings of social care and educational settings
  • locate these concepts in terms of different research traditions and methods
  • assess critically the relevance and uses of these concepts and methodologies for your professional practice
  • explore the dynamics of social groups and institutions; emotional aspects of professional practice; and identity, subjectivity and the social context of learning.

This masters degree provides the opportunity to:

  • gain a cross-disciplinary grounding in psychoanalytic and social studies of learning and educational contexts (both formal and informal)
  • apply psychosocial methodologies and methods to your own work settings and areas of professional interest.
Who is this programme for?

People working with children, young people, and families in settings such as education, youth work, social work, social policy, the criminal justice system, children's centres, early years settings, museums, theatres and charities, and others with an interest in social and educational processes.

Entry requirements

A good first degree and appropriate professional experience in an education or social care setting.

Core topics
  • Psychosocial approaches to learning
  • Psychosocial concepts and methodologies
  • Subjectivity, discourse and ideology Related topics
  • Gender: theory and practice in education
  • Justice: contemporary social issues and perspectives
  • Management and contemporary issues in early years education
  • Multilingual and multicultural London
  • Sociology of education.
How are you assessed?

By coursework assignments of up to 5,000 words, including formative and summative assessments, and a 20,000- word dissertation or 10,000-word report.


Face-to-face Saturday and evening sessions.

Where do our students go?

Graduates of this masters degree are currently working as:

  • nursery managers
  • teachers with pastoral responsibilities
  • local authority advisers.


Core modules
  • Psychosocial Approaches To Learning
  • Psychosocial Concepts & Methodologies
  • Theorizing Subjectivity, Discourse And Ideology
Recommended modules
  • Children's Rights In Practice
  • Gender: Theory and Practice in Education
  • Management And Contemporary Issues In Early Years Education
  • Sociology of Education
  • Theories of Childhood and Children's Rights

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1. Students are normally required to have a minimum overall IELTS score of 7.0 for direct entry, with a score of no lower than 6.0 for writing and 6.5 for reading. 2. A good first degree and appropriate professional experience in an education or social care setting.

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