Educational Psychology

The MEd(Educational Psychology) is usually undertaken by professional educators wishing to improve their understanding of research and theory in educational psychology.

Because the units of study offer insight into areas as diverse as learning, thinking, motivation, individual differences, and child and adult development, the program is popular among teachers of children of all ages, as well as professionals working in human resources.

Familiarity with theory and research across a range of areas in educational psychology is an aim of the course but it is not designed for students intending to become psychologists or school counsellors. Neither is it accredited by any psychological organisation.

Information about the entry requirements, tuition fees and opportunities for further study associated with all Master of Education designations – and their component graduate certificates and graduate diplomas – is published on the MEd home page.


Course structure

Master’s candidates are required to complete eight units of study, including:

  • four core units; and
  • one capstone unit; and
  • no more than two units from outside the Educational Psychology designation.

Graduate Diploma candidates are required to complete six units of study, including:

  • four core units; and
  • no more than one unit from outside the Educational Psychology designation.

Graduate Certificate candidates are required to complete four units of study, including:

  • at least three core units.

Core units of study

Elective units of study

Capstone units of study

Master’s candidates must enrol in either the Special Project (6 credit points) or the Dissertation (12 credit points).

Units of study outside the designation

Master’s and graduate diploma candidates may complete up to one (graduate diploma) or two (master’s) units from the list of postgraduate units of study offered by the Faculty, published under "Full units of study list" on the Sydney Courses database.