Doctor in Educational Psychology (Professional Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychology) DEdPsy

Please note that the fee level is for Year 1 only

This three-year programme is approved by the Health Professions Council and accredited by the British Psychological Society and will enable you to practice as a chartered educational psychologist (EP).

The programme generates high-level research expertise and an understanding of the role of EPs as applied psychologists working in education. It introduces experienced EPs to the most recent developments in educational psychology, professionalism and practice.

The programme aims to:

  • provide graduates with the skills to apply educational psychology within socially and culturally diverse communities and in partnership with key role partners including children and young people, their parents and carers and education, health and social services professionals.
  • enable trainees to develop the professional knowledge, understandings, skills and awareness to systematically review information and evidence to formulate effective psychological assessments and interventions in response to client needs.
  • develop the knowledge, skills, ethical awareness and practical expertise to conduct research that contributes to and extends the professional knowledge base; using research to contribute to the evidence base of effective applied educational psychology; contributing to high quality research activity within Local Authority contexts.

Who is this programme for?

The DEdPsy provides initial professional training in applied educational psychology, and is aimed at psychology graduates with experience of working with children and young people from birth to age 19. The programme generates high-level research expertise and develops the knowledge and skills you will need as an educational psychologist.

How are you assessed?

In Years 1 and 2, you are required to produce two 5,000-word assignments. In Year 1 you will also produce a 10,000-word small-scale research report, and in Year 2 you will submit a 10,000-word summary report of your thesis. In Year 3, you will produce a thesis of 30,000 to 35,000 words.

Across the three years, you will submit annual logs of professional activity. In Years 1 and 2, the log will include two 4,000-word assignments and a series of 2,000-word summaries of learning activities.

Throughout the programme, you will be observed and supervised by tutors and fieldwork consultants.

Entry requirements

You should have an upper second-class honours degree in psychology or the equivalent, conferring Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You should also be able to provide:

  • evidence of relevant experience of working with children within educational, child care or community settings
  • evidence from the Criminal Records Bureau, demonstrating suitability for direct work with children
  • compliance with the Fitness to Practice policy
  • an excellent work record, including evidence of outstanding interpersonal skills, provided through employment/academic references.

As for all our research degrees, we also require evidence of your competency in written and oral English.

Applicants for the DEdPsy Professional Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychology, which is offered in the Faculty of Policy and Society, are advised to look at our programme information (pdf, 0.1mb) or our Frequently Asked Questions (pdf, 0.1mb). Applications from UK based (Home) students should be made via the Teaching Agency website.