The programme comprises a number of taught elements, augmented by supervised professional practice placements in a number of approved local authority and other settings. To complete the programme, students need to meet the assessed academic, research and supervised professional practice requirements of the programme, demonstrating the standards of proficiency required of practitioner educational psychologists by the Health Professions Council, and attaining learning outcomes specified by the British Psychological Society.
The academic and research requirements are assessed through a number of assignments completed during Year 1 of the programme, and a thesis compiled during Years 2 and 3 of study. The thesis comprises two volumes: Volume 1 is a report of a substantive original empirical study, while Volume 2 contains four practitioner research reports of work undertaken during the second and third years of training within the supervised professional practice context(s).
The Applied Educational and Child Psychology Doctorate sets out to ensure that by the end of the training, graduates are able to demonstrate the standards of the proficiency required by the Health Professionals Council (HPC), to enable graduates to apply to join the register maintained by the HPC. Registration is a necessary condition for practice as an educational psychologist within the UK.
In parallel, the programme conforms fully to the British Psychological Society’s programme accreditation criteria, and addresses the learning outcomes specified for educational psychologists by the Society. Graduation from the programme therefore enables past trainees to apply to the Society for chartered membership as educational psychologists.
To date all graduates of the App Ed and Child Psy D programme have secured posts as local authority educational psychologists upon completion of their postgraduate professional training.
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The doctoral programme in Applied Educational and Child Psychology is positioned as both a postgraduate professional training programme and a higher research degree. 180 of the 540 credits required for the doctoral award are built up each year, of which, in the first year, 60 are configured as ‘research’ credits (relating to the assessed requirement of the three Research modules), while in each of Years 2 and 3, the 180 credits awarded for successful completion of Volumes 1 and 2 of the thesis are also positioned as ‘research’ credits.
Please note that the information provided below may be subject to modification in response to a range of influences, including developments within the University, developments to the profession and the context in which educational psychologists practice, changes in national policy and their effects upon professional training, and / or the desirability of responding flexibly to the needs of the student cohorts to whom the programme is offered.
Applicants should have a good Honours degree in Psychology and be eligible for the GBC at the time of application (Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership) of the British Psychological Society. Prospective students need to provide evidence of their eligibility for the GBC (Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership) of the British Psychological Society.
Prior to making an application to the programme, candidates must have undertaken a minimum of one year’s full-time equivalent postgraduate work experience with children and young people within the 0-19 year age range.
They are expected to have taken steps to develop their knowledge and understanding of the role and practice of educational psychologists in England, and of the factors which influence educational psychology practice.
In parallel to its function as an approved training programme, the App Ed and Child Psy D programme is a postgraduate research degree. Applicants will therefore need to demonstrate their academic and research competence, and their interest in psychological and educational research.
Language competence significantly in excess of the University's standard English language requirements is necessary. Candidates need to demonstrate sophisticated written and oral English language competence within a wide range of registers which ensure that they are capable of accurate and subtly nuanced communication with the wide range of service users, commissioners and colleagues with whom they need to engage during their practice as trainee educational psychologists.
Only those international students who are from EEC member states and are usually resident within the UK are eligible for places on the programme.
Fees for the programme are paid for by the Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP).
For further information contact the School directly or the Student Funding Office viaonline enquiries.
Funding to Support Educational Psychology Training
The funding is managed by the Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP) on behalf of the DfE
Year 1: University fees plus training grant (£14,400: tax-exempt)
Years 2 and 3: University fee paid by DfE via AEP plus a bursary (£15,000: tax-exempt) and (normally, but not universally), travel costs (up to £1,000 per year) paid by placement provider
Please note that funding is currently assured only for 2015-2018
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