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Master of Educational Psychology - MEdPsych

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


2 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Victoria University of Wellington


Gain an in-depth understanding of psychology, education and learning with advanced study and practice in educational psychology.

Get the skills and knowledge you need to help people with social or learning difficulties in a range of educational settings.

You'll have the opportunity to develop and practise your skills under the expert guidance of world-class researchers and practitioners.

Explore a wide range of theoretical viewpoints and their practical applications in educational, community and workplace settings. The programme has a bicultural focus and is tailored to meet the needs of New Zealand communities. However your studies will also prepare you to work in multicultural communities and overseas.

Pathway in Educational Psychology

The Wellington Faculty of Education offers a research-based Master's programme and the practice-based Postgraduate Diploma that leads to registration as an educational psychologist. You need to complete the Master's before applying to study the limited-entry Diploma programme. The programme includes supervised practice as an intern psychologist and allows you to become a Registered Psychologist with the New Zealand Psychologists Board.


The Wellington Faculty of Education has a strong focus on research that enhances theoretical and evidence-based educational psychology policy and practice. You'll benefit from collaboration across education and psychology disciplines, and with the education sector.


MEdPsych graduates might go on to gain qualifications as a teacher, study for a PhD, or work in educational or health agencies that need specialised educational psychology knowledge and skills. These might include early intervention services, mental health services, or NGOs that work with families. Those who gain registration as an educational psychologist might focus on doing research or creating and implementing programmes that can help young people learn more effectively. You could work in a school or for the Ministry of Education, work for organisations such as Explore or IDEA Services, or you may practice privately providing services to both the public and private sector.

You'll study 10 compulsory courses over two or more years. In Part 1, the first year, you'll examine research methods and evidence-based practice, and take courses covering cultural issues in educational psychology, what motivates people to learn, and how to assess those with education difficulties.

In Part 2, you'll explore mental health in young people and how to promote positive behaviours, and study counselling and applied behaviour analysis. You'll also complete a practical research project.

You need to complete this qualification to apply for entry into the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Psychology Practice (PGDipEPP).

Entry criteria

To be accepted into this programme you will need to meet:

A Bachelor's degree with a major in Education, Psychology, Education and Psychology, or an approved teacher education degree, with an average grade of B or above for all coursework in the final year of their undergraduate programme

To be accepted by the Associate Dean (Academic) of the Faculty of Education as capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need to meet one of the following:

IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0

TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing

Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)

EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5

Application Deadlines - Trimester 1: 1 Dec and Trimester 2: 1 May.

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