Applied Educational Psychology DAppEdPsy

Applied Educational Psychology Doctor of (DAppEdPsy)

Full time: 36 months


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.

About this course

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
  • parents
  • 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.

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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 2019 entry

Year 1

Year 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)

Year 3

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

Module changes

Course content changes 

The information above is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability

Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Research training

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.

Entry Requirements


After becoming eligible for Graduate Basis for Registration of the British Psychological Society you also need to gain 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 September 2020 entry onto the three-year doctorate training programme MUST be made via the Association of Educational Psychologists online application system

We encourage applications from applicants of any age


Reference submission 27/11/2019 (midday)
Application submission 04/12/2019 (5pm)

Interview process

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.


Programme Secretary
School of Education Communication and Language Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6569