Doctorate in Applied Educational Psychology (D.App.Ed.Psy)

3 years full time


This D.App.Ed.Psy. provides professional training for work as qualified educational psychologists in Local Authorities and other educational and community settings. The programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Graduates of this programme will, as fully qualified educational psychologists working in Childrens’ Services Authorities be able to address three interlinked issues:

  • Educational and Organisational Effectiveness;
  • Research and Evaluation;
  • Consultation, Training and Therapeutic Interventions.

and to work within these at the three levels of

  • The child/young person and her or his family;
  • The School/Educational/Community setting;
  • Local Authority.

Programme Description

The course consists of a number of taught modules, a range of professional practice placements and a research project. Much of the curriculum is structured around an Enquiry Based Learning (EBL) approach, which is now being increasingly used in a range of training environments.

Students on the course are respected as adult learners who are aiming to become autonomous professionals.

EBL thus gives students opportunities in collaborative group-work to address Key Issues around Inclusion and Diversity, Working in Partnership, Learning and Social Environments, and Frameworks for Practice. Students will be required to consolidate and demonstrate their learning in four formal written assignments (of 4 – 5,000 words), each of which is devoted to one of these Key Issues in turn and will be assessed during the course of the first year.

Fieldwork and practical placements are provided in educational and community settings so that students can identify and evaluate examples of good practice, and begin to develop their own professional skills. Students will compile a portfolio as evidence of their practical work experience and their professional development gained during these placements.
Thus, in the first year of the course students will be enabled (through lecture, seminar, EBL sessions, reading and practical placements) to acquire the basic knowledge and skills expected of an Educational Psychologist.

In the final term of the first year students will also need to discuss their research project with their tutor. An outline of the proposed research that indicates due consideration of methodological, ethical and practical issues will be submitted for consideration by the programme team before finalising and submitting.

For the second and third year students will undertake placements (funded by bursaries) for three days per week, allowing a minimum of 2 days a week for study and engagement in research activities. They will also be required to attend seminars and tutorials in the University throughout both years.

Twice in Year One (at the end of each practice placement) and then at the end of Year Two and of Year Three students will be required to produce a practice portfolio as evidence of their developing skills and competencies in professional practice. These portfolios will form part of the cumulative assessment of competence in professional practice.


In Year 1 candidates will take the following modules

In year 2 candidates will undertake the following work, which is not modularised:

  • Research Proposal
  • Portfolio of Professional Work
  • Systematic Review of the Literature (5,000 words)

In year 3 candidates will undertake the following work, which is not modularised:

  • Empirical Research Study of 5,000 words in the form of an article suitable for submission for publication
  • Portfolio of professional work

Entrance Requirements

A good honours degree in psychology or its equivalent which is recognized as the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS, followed by relevant paid experience of working with children and/or young people within an educational, childcare or community setting, for a minimum of one year. We are unable to accredit any other Prior Learning. An enhanced CRB check is conducted and enrolment on the programme is subject to receipt of a satisfactory Enhanced Criminal Record Certificate. Applicants will be asked to notify the University of any health conditions or disability that might affect their ability to study and engage with placement activities and which might require special adjustments to working arrangements. Students are also required to comply with the University's Fitness to Practice Procedure and Code of Professional Conduct at all times.

Applicants whose first language is not English should hold IELTS 7.5, TOEFL 575 (paper-based) or 233 (computer-based), or equivalent.

If you need extra tuition to meet English language requirements see

How to Apply

All UK applications for entry onto the 3 year doctorate training programme MUST be made via the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) online application system at:

Applications for the DApp EdPsy for enrolment in 2015 will open in autumn 2014 through the NCTL website. We will be shortlisting for interview in January 2015 and conducting interviews in February. We will be offering 10 funded places in early April 2015 (see NCTL website for further details).

Further Information

We will be holding an Open Day for anyone considering applying to the programme in the future on Saturday 18th October. On the day it will be possible to meet members of staff and current students and learn about the opportunities to learn and study in Newcastle. The event will take place from 11am-2pm with a presentation by the Programme Director at 12pm. The venue is the Howden Room, King George VI Building, Queen Victoria Road, NE1 7RU. To book a place, contact

Please note this information is subject to change and you are advised to check for up to date information on

For any other queries, feel free to contact the Educational Psychology Team, via Kat Harding:

Phone: 0191 208 6395

At any time, feel free to go to for more information.