Faculty of Education

The Master of Educational Psychology (MEdPsych)

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About the MEdPsych

Tegan Lynch

“The thing I have enjoyed most is to be able to focus my studies on the aspects of Educational Psychology that I am interested in – it is so easy to get enthusiastic about my studies when they are exactly what I want to be doing!"
Tegan Lynch

The Master of Educational Psychology programme prepares students to become skilled in educational psychology practices that can be used in education and workplace settings. The programme is designed to enable graduates to gain the knowledge, skills and dispositions to work alongside others in educational or workplace settings.

The courses will challenge and extend participants by providing ample opportunities to practise and develop skills in the field, under expert guidance. Using an inter-professional framework, students will also be well equipped to work as change agents within a range of community contexts and systems.


MEdPsych (240 points)

From 2015 the PGDipEdPD (120 points) and the MEdPsych (120 points) will be restructured as a stand-alone 240 point MEdPsych. This will be required for entry into the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Psychology Practice (PGDipEPP) internship programme. Upon completion of the PGDipEPP, students can be eligible for registration as general scope psychologists or educational psychologists.


The MEdPsych offers a recognised postgraduate qualification opportunity to upskill as a full- or part-time student in a range of course delivery options with the opportunity to be admitted into the educational psychology internship. Other options for those who are awarded the MEdPsych include PhD study and working in educational agencies who require the specialised educational psychology knowledge and skills. Classes are held in the late afternoons or as block courses over several days or weekends, or offered online, allowing you to continue with other commitments.


The programme prepares students to:

  • Critically analyse, apply and engage evidence-based practices in educational contexts
  • Participate as an active and effective member of learning and professional communities that are committed to making a difference to educational and workplace contexts
  • Demonstrate skills in the planning, execution and completion of original applied research
  • Analyse and develop the skills to use applied behaviour analysis as a pedagogical, assessment and intervention tool for working in educational settings.

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Entry Requirements

Before enrolment, a candidate for the MEdPsych shall have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree with a major in education, psychology, education and psychology or an approved teachers’ education degree, and
  • Been accepted by the Associate Dean as capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study

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Programme Structure

Course of study for MEdPsych comprises 10 compulsory courses:

Part 1:

EDUC 503 Research Methods in Education

EPSY 512 Culturally Centred Educational Psychology Practice in Aotearoa/New Zealand

EPSY 514 Educational Psychology Assessment

EPSY 530 Evidence Based Practice in Education

EPSY 531 learning and Motivation

Part 2:

EPSY 515 Applied Behaviour Analysis for Educators

EPSY 532 Child and Adolescent Mental Health

EPSY 533 Applied Research Project

EPSY 534 Promoting Positive Behaviour for Learning and Well-Being

EPSY 535 Exploration of Counselling Theory and Practice Issues


To enrol in part 2, students will normally have completed part 1 or be currently enrolled to do so.

Students must obtain a grade of B+ or above in EDUC 503 prior to enrolling in EPSY 533

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Full-time: 2 years

Part-time: 3 to 4 years

Students must complete the MEdPsych within 4 years of first enrolling in it. The Associate Dean may give permission to extend the study period or take a leave of absence from the programme in special circumstances.


Transitional Arrangements

Students enrolled in the PGDipEdPD in 2015 and who wish to continue with studies toward the 240 point MEdPsych will need to contact the programme director to discuss their transition programme. Those students who complete their PGDipEdPD in 2015 will continue with the 2015 regulations as a transitional arrangement, undertaking EPSY 514. 515 and 516 in 2016.

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How To Find Out More

For information contact:

Student and Academic Services Office
Faculty of Education
Level 8, Murphy Building, Kelburn Parade
Kelburn Campus
Phone: 04-463 9500
Email: education@vuw.ac.nz
Website: www.victoria.ac.nz/education

For the latest information prior to enrolment, check the online Course Catalogue: www.victoria.ac.nz/courses

Email online at: www.victoria.ac.nz/enrol