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Applied Educational and Child Psychology Doctorate (App Ed and Child Psy D)

Applied Educational and Child Psychology Doctorate (App Ed and Child Psy D)

Key information

Qualification type

DPsych - Doctor in Psychology

Subject areas

Applied Psychology Child Psychology Learning Theory

Course type


Course Summary

This programme leads to the academic award and professional qualification in educational psychology of Applied Educational and Child Psychology Doctorate (App Ed and Child Psy D). Graduates from the programme are eligible for chartered status with the British Psychological Society and for application for registration as educational psychologists with the Health Professions Council.

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).

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date



This module focuses upon psychological theory and research relating to the process of cognitive development and learning throughout the developmental lifespan, with particular emphasis upon childhood and adolescence. The implications for instructional design and assessment derived from these theoretical underpinnings are explored within a hypothesis-testing approach to psycho-educational assessment, within which a range of approaches to assessment and intervention are introduced.
Philosophy of Social Science Research
Research Design, Practice and Ethics
Fundamentals in Quantitative Research Methods

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

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. At the time of application, you must have a minimum of 1 year full-time experience of working with children and young people within: Education, Health, Social care, Youth justice, A childcare or community setting. Full time means 37 hours a week, or the equivalent if part time. This can be made up of either: All paid employment; At least 9 months’ full-time paid employment (or the equivalent if part time) and the equivalent of 3 months’ relevant voluntary experience. 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.

University information

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