This doctorate will enable you to become a registered educational psychologist in the UK. It is accredited by the BPS and approved by the HCPC.
Educational psychology is about the study and understanding of people's behaviour and the inter-relationship this has with organisational structures within educational and community settings.
The course will suit those with some understanding of educational systems and settings. You will learn how to support the social and educational development of children and young people aged 0-25 years. You will also learn how to work with other professionals, such as teachers.
The programme emphasises the need to apply psychology critically in order to make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people. We emphasise development as taking place within a social context and this influences the psychology we draw upon.
Educational Psychologists (EP) work with:
- individual children
- young people
- carers/teachers/other agencies
The work involves supporting individuals and working at the organisational level to facilitate the learning and wellbeing of children and young people. Along with all BPS accredited EP training programmes we draw upon a wide range of psychology.
Course aimsCourse aims
Our aims are to:
- promote the fullest possible inclusive education and social inclusion
- mitigate the effects of impairment, social and economic deprivation and disadvantage
During the first year there is an emphasis on the development of professional criticality and self-reflection and the acquisition of process skills including the use of:
- solution-oriented practices
- narrative practices
- dynamic assessment
You undertake placements in educational and community settings and study four taught modules which cover:
- key issues of inclusion and diversity
- working in partnership
- learning and social environments
- frameworks for practice
During your training you also undertake research projects. These include:
- a systematic review of published research in a relevant field
- an empirical study presented as a paper for an appropriate peer reviewed journal
You maintain a practice portfolio that chronicles and evidences your professional development during each year of the course. A model of enquiry-based learning is used throughout and you are encouraged to work collaboratively and to take responsibility for individual and group learning.
Further readingFurther reading
If you would like to learn more about Educational Psychology, you can read more using the references below:
- Frederickson, N., Miller, A., & Cline, T. (2008). Educational Psychology. London: Hodder Education.
- Frederickson, N., Miller, A., & Cline, T. (2009). Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Diversity. (2nd Ed.). Maidenhead: Open University Press.
- Kelly, B., Woolfson, L. M., & Boyle, J. (2016). Frameworks for Practice in Educational Psychology: A Textbook for Trainees and Practitioners. (2nd ed.) London.
- Williams, A, Billington, T. and Goodley, D. (eds.) (2016). Critical Educational Psychology: Research and Practice. Wiley Blackwell.
Throughout each of the three years you undertake supervised and assessed placements in schools, educational psychology services and the settings of other agencies and professionals who work with children and young people.
The following patterns are typical, but are subject to change and there will be a number of exceptions to these patterns. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are only placement days for parts of the year.
- Monday – study day (at home or at university)
- Tuesday – university day/placement day
- Wednesday – university day/placement day
- Thursday – university day
- Friday – university day
Years two and three:
- Monday – placement day
- Tuesday – placement day
- Wednesday – placement day
- Thursday – university day/research day
- Friday – university day/research day
The programme workload will require working in hours that are additional to these study days. The DAppEdPsy is a full-time professional training programme and this is reflected in the working hours both on both university and placement.
Placements A and B in year one will be arranged at the five Local Authorities in the North East region where our five Field Work Tutors are based. You may also have placements arranged at other services in the North East region through agreement between service managers.
The placements available for years two and three are different every year. Placements are offered by Local Authorities and you can make requests to those available in the region or further afield. These are decided through a matching process which takes place regionally.
Time off is scheduled across the year during Year 1, usually one week in Dec/Jan and March/Apr as well as four weeks in the summer. You’re expected to attend university sessions and placement throughout half-term holidays. In addition to this time off, you’re given a week of study leave in Dec/Jan and March/Apr and two weeks in the summer.
While studying in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences you'll have access to facilities and a growing collection of online resources, including:
- a well-stocked Education Resource Centre
- an audio-video lab
- a recording studio
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Training & Skills
You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Modules for 2018 entry
EDU8047 Inclusion and Diversity
EDU8048 Working in Partnership
EDU8049 Learning and Social Environment
EDU8050 Frameworks for Practice
EDU8056 Professional Practice Placement A and Portfolio 1
EDU8057 Professional Practice Placement B and Portfolio 2
You will undertake the following work, which is not modularised:
- Research Proposal
- Portfolio of Professional Work
- Systematic Review of the Literature (5,000 words)
You 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
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.
As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and administrative support to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our doctoral training centres, Faculty Training Programme and Research Student Support Team.
Our Faculty Training Programme provides a community made up of postgraduate social sciences and humanities students and staff. It is a unique blend of cross-disciplinary and generic researcher development training, recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as providing a solid basis for doctoral study.
Although your focus will be on your specialist study, our aim is for you to develop a broad range of research and project management skills that will support you in your career ahead. We have nurtured a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary and supportive environment where staff and students from across the world can come together and share their research experiences. You can also choose to register for a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training, which accredits the core foundation modules on the training programme.
You will study in our Doctoral Training Suite with purpose-built facilities for lectures, workshops, seminars and computer access to specialist software required for doctoral research in the social sciences and humanities. Each year we have two student-led research postgraduate conferences and we have a variety of prizes and awards to celebrate the successes of our students.
Postgraduate Research Student Support
Our award winning Research Student Support Team is dedicated to providing you with information, support and advice throughout your research degree studies. The team can help and advise you on a variety of issues from registration to producing your transcripts.
Fees & Funding
If awarded a place on the programme your fees will be paid throughout the three year course.
The National College for Teaching and Leadership provide a bursary in year one. In years two and three we will seek a bursary for you from a local authority or other commissioners of educational psychology services.
Please contact the School for further information on fees and funding.
The Department for Education directly manages the government-funded element of the Educational Psychologist Funded Training (EPFT) scheme, which covers the cost of programme fees, up to a maximum of £35,000, and pays the student a tax-free bursary in the first year of training.
The bursary for 2019 is £15,950 for trainees attending a university outside London and this is paid in 12 monthly instalments.
In years 2 and 3, while you are on your practice placement, your placement provider will pay you either a bursary (currently the more common way to fund) or a salary. And the DfE continues to pay your programme fees.
- a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in psychology, which is eligible for Graduate Basis for Registration of the British Psychological Society
- completed an approved conversion course or Master's degree, which is eligible for Graduate Basis for Registration of the British Psychological Society
You also need at least one year of relevant, paid work experience at the point of application. Work experience should have:
- focussed on children and young people's education development and psychological well-being
- given insight and understanding into educational systems in the UK
- led to ideas on how psychology may be applied
To be eligible for this programme you must be a UK resident.
If you’re an applicant from outside of the UK, you must:
- be living in the UK at the time of application and be able to provide proof of residency
- have been ordinarily resident in the UK for the three years preceding the start of the course
- be eligible to work in England for the duration of the course and for at least two years afterwards
If you are uncertain of your status, please contact the University’s Visa and Immigration Team using our online form.
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English Language Requirements
If your first language is not English, you need to meet the following English Language requirements:
Direct Entry: IELTS 7.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills).
Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.
Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.
How to Apply
All applications for 2019 entry onto the three-year doctorate training programme MUST be made via the Association of Educational Psychologists online application system. The application system opened on Wednesday 26 September 2018.
The deadline for references is Wednesday 28 November 2018.
The application deadline is Wednesday 5 December 2018.
We will be shortlisting for interview in January 2019 and conducting interviews between January and March 2019.
Our 10 funded places will be offered in March 2019.
We encourage applications from applicants of any age.
The course starts in September 2019.
The shortlisting process is carried out by the programme team alongside representatives from the region’s Principal Educational Psychologists.
If you are successful in being invited for an interview day at the university you will have the opportunity to:
- meet the programme team and representatives from the region’s Principal Educational Psychologists
- find out more about the programme
- attend two individual interviews within the same visit
We recognise that interviews can be anxiety-provoking and do our best to help you feel at ease.
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