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

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

Key information

Qualification type

EdPsychD - Doctor of Educational Psychology

Subject areas

Educational Psychology Developmental Psychology

Course type


Course Summary

The DEdPsy is a three-year professional training doctorate programme that is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Successful completion of the programme enables graduates to register as a Practitioner Psychologist with the HCPC and as a Chartered Educational Psychologist with the BPS. The DEdPsy facilitates an understanding of the role of Educational Psychologists (EPs) as applied psychologists working with children and young people, their families and allied professionals. It introduces trainee EPs to the most recent developments in educational psychology and professional practice and promotes high level research skills. The location of the DEdPsy at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) provides trainee EPs with the opportunity to engage in research alongside world leaders in the fields of education and psychology, including staff from the Centre for Research in Autism and Education and the Thomas Coram Research Unit.

Trainee EPs on the DEdPsy have been able to contribute to national research led by Professor Peter Blatchford, which investigated the impact of statements of special educational needs on children's educational progress. They have also worked on research funded by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, alongside Professor Elizabeth Pellicano and Vivian Hill, investigating how the rights of children attending residential special schools are protected and promoted. Other research has included: evaluations of interventions to support children’s mental health, including CBT; the influences of gang culture on childhood; investigations into the diagnosis and management of ADHD; explorations of the experiences and educational outcomes of Looked After Children; support for young offenders; the influences of ITC and social media on childhood development; literacy and language development interventions; children’s friendships; sensory impairments; SEN and inclusion issues and much more. All of the DEdPsy graduates to date, have secured posts as educational psychologists. Those who take up a UK government-funded bursary are required to work in an English local authority children’s service for a minimum of two years after qualification.

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Full time


3 years

Start date


Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Students need to have a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Candidates should also have experience of working with children and young people from birth to age 25, across a diverse range of employment contexts. Candidates must hold evidence from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) of suitability to engage in direct work with children.

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