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

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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.

The programme is based on an interactionist psychological perspective. It will enable you to promote change at different levels of intervention with children, their families and teachers; schools as organisations; local authorities and children’s services, and in relation to national priorities.

The DEdPsy makes a similar level of demand as the PhD degree, but combines university-based academic learning and applied professional practice with research activity. The degree is approved by the Health Professions Council (HPC) and provides eligibility for HPC registration as a practitioner psychologist with the protected title Educational Psychologist. It is also accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and confers eligibility for chartered status with the BPS.

Programme of study
The programme is delivered through six courses that integrate theory andpractice. We use a range of teaching and learning methods, including problem-based learning activities, psychological skills workshops, lectures, seminars, tutorials, placement activities, and video interactive guidance.

• The profession of educational psychology in context
• The effective practitioner
• Applying psychology: creative assessment, interventions and solutions in
• Research methods 1 and 2
• Thesis

Length of programme and teaching arrangements
The programme starts in September and extends over three years of full-time study. In the first year, you will engage in learning activities at the IOE and undertake placements in local authority or children’s services settings. At the end of the year, you will seek a bursary funded placement for Years 2 and 3. This is subject to a work-based learning partnership agreement which outlines placement and university requirements.

In both Year 1 and Year 2, you are required to produce a 5,000-word assignment. In Year 1 you will also produce a 10,000-word small-scale research report, and inYear 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. Each year you will complete a series of 4,000-word process analyses and 2,000-word summaries of learning activities that will form a professional work portfolio.

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

Entry requirements
You should have at least 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 (for more details, see our website)
• 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 competence in written and oral English.

For more information, visit or come along to our open evening on 21 November, 6pm - 7.30pm to find out about our DEdPsy programme. Further details at

Visit the Doctor in Educational Psychology (DEdPsy) in Professional Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychology page on the University College London website for more details!





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