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Professional Doctorate in Child, community and educational psychology (M4)

Professional Doctorate in Child, community and educational psychology (M4)

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Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Professional Doctorate

Subject areas

Educational Psychology Childcare Skills

Course type


Course Summary

Course overview

This highly regarded professional doctorate training course is accredited by the University of Essex. You will cover core requirements but also share a focus on the promotion of children and young people's emotional wellbeing. This course will enable you to qualify and work as an HCPC registered educational psychologist.

Course outline

This course focuses on the understanding of psycho-therapeutic perspectives for support and intervention with families and other professionals and establishing joint working with mental health services, schools and other professional agencies. Over the three years you will learn experientially and through lectures, seminars, tutorials and group learning. You will gain professional experience through placement in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Educational Psychology Services. You will follow the British Psychological Society (BPS) core curriculum which includes an assessment and intervention/child development theme and a research theme. These will be supplemented by two distinctive clinical areas of study ‘professional in context’ which considers the role of consultation and ‘psychological frameworks’, which considers psychodynamic and systemic perspectives.

Why study with us?

This comprehensive course, which includes a clinical and therapeutic emphasis, will enable you to make a successful transition to the role of applied psychologist working in schools, local communities and multi-agency contexts.

You will be able to deliver the core service expectations of consultation, assessment and intervention for complex additional and special educational needs, research, evaluation and staff training.

This course is delivered in a working NHS clinic and is unique in its approach due to this.

Who is this course for?

This course is for you if you are seeking a professional applied psychology training course, have already completed an honours degree in psychology and gained sufficient and relevant experience of working with children and young people to form a basis for your training and on-going development.


The course is assessed through written assignments including essays and a professional practice portfolio which is submitted at the end of each year. In the final year a research thesis of 40,000 words is submitted.


Psychological frameworks
Professional in context
Assessment and intervention/child development (CHAI)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

This is a funded course. Please refer the course page at university site.

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

This is a funded course. Please refer the course page at university site.

Entry requirements

In order to undertake this course, we ask that you: Have the minimum of a psychology degree (with Honours, preferably 2.1 or above) or a qualifying conversion course or Masters degree, with eligibility for the British Psychological Society (BPS) Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). You can check your eligibility with the BPS and please note that you must have achieved eligibility before the application deadline. If the qualification that grants you eligibility for GBC is not from the UK or Ireland you will also be required to enter your BPS membership number at application stage. Are able to demonstrate that you have gained a minimum of one year’s full-time (37 hours a week or the equivalent if part-time) experience of working with children and young people, usually within an educational, health, social care, youth justice, childcare or community setting by the application deadline. This experience might include teaching, learning and behaviour mentoring, being a teaching assistant, social worker, speech and language therapist, assistant psychologist. This minimum experience can be made up of all paid employment, or at least nine months full-time paid employment (or the equivalent if part-time) and the equivalent of three months sustained relevant voluntary experience. Any additional paid or voluntary experience over the one year minimum requirement should also be included in applications as the length, depth and range of experience may be taken into consideration in selection.