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Graduate Admissions

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Course closed:

Education (Psychology and Education) is no longer accepting new applications.

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.

The Faculty also offers a conversion course add-on accredited by the British Psychology Society. The conversion course carries an additional fee. Please see the course website for further details:

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.


Students wishing to continue from the Master of Education to PhD or EdD are required to achieve a mark of 70 or higher for the thesis.

Open Days

The University of Cambridge will be hosting its Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 1 November 2019. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

Key Information

2 years part-time

Master of Education

Faculty of Education


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
March 17, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2019

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