Ph. D. On Campus

Educational and Child Psychology

University College London (UCL)

36 months
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The Educational and Child Psychology DECPsy is a three-year programme of professional training in educational psychology, approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and provided by University College London (UCL). 


The Educational and Child Psychology DEdPsy programme from University College London (UCL) integrates three key elements - academic knowledge, research ability and professional practice. 

Through research-led teaching, we aim to enable our students to deliver evidence-based and innovative psychological practice with children and young people, their families and other professionals.

We also strive to conduct rigorous practice-based research in relation to the developmental, learning and mental health needs of children and young people aged 0-25 years. 

We are located within the UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, a world leading integrated department of applied psychology, focusing on the implementation of ground-breaking research to improve development, education, and mental and physical wellbeing in individuals and social groups. We use a broad range of scientific approaches to advance understanding and practice across these domains. The department has an exceptional track record of influencing policy in the delivery of health, education, and social care.


All EP trainees that receive a government funded place and bursary commit to work for a minimum of two years full-time equivalent in a local authority in England immediately following graduation.


To date, all DECPsy graduates have been successful in their application for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), so have been able to start independent practice immediately on completion of training. In addition, all applications for chartership to the British Psychological Society (BPS) have been successful, a recognition of the high standards of professional competence that have been achieved over the course of training.


British Psychological Society (BPS)

Programme Structure

Research areas:

Research competence is developed through engagement in a significant piece of original, professionally relevant research. Trainees develop skills in critiquing the existing knowledge base and in designing studies to address questions important to advancing theory and practice in educational psychology. 

For example:

  • Child and adolescent development (atypical and typical)
  • Assessment (e.g. learning; social, emotional and mental health)
  • Educational Interventions
  • Psychological Therapy
  • Systems and services
  • Health and wellbeing 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree or the overseas equivalent in a relevant subject. 
  • Applicants for the Professional Doctorates should note that additional requirements, including relevant work experience, will apply. 
  • UK applications for the Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology are handled by the Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP). 

Tuition Fee

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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