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Applied Educational Psychology Doctorate (DAppEdPsy)

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.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2024


As part of the Applied Educational Psychology Doctorate, you will study and develop an understanding of:

  • development
  • relationships
  • behaviour
  • inter-relationship in organisational structures within educational and community settings

The Applied Educational Psychology course suits those with an understanding of educational systems and settings.

You'll explore applying psychology to make a difference in the lives of young people. We understand that development is taking place throughout education. This influences the psychology we draw upon.

Educational Psychologists (EP) work with:

  • individual children
  • young people
  • parents
  • carers/teachers/other agencies

You'll support individuals and work at an organisational level. This is 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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What you'll learn

During your training, you'll 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'll maintain a practice portfolio that chronicles and evidences your professional development.

As part of the Applied Educational Psychology Doctorate, you'll also study four taught modules which cover:

  • key issues of inclusion and diversity
  • working in partnership
  • learning and social environments
  • frameworks for practice


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.

How you'll learn

Our team

Our Applied Educational Psychology programme directors are:

Our staff (as of July 2023):

Ashlyn Wong (Programme Administrator); Dr Tim Cox; Dr Emma Miller; Dr Fi Boyd; Dr Katie Gibson; Dr Rachel Hayton; Dr Tracey Heckels; Dr Wilma Barrow; Dr Richard Parker.

Your development

You'll learn to support the development of young people aged 0-25 years. You will also learn how to work with other professionals, such as teachers.


Each year, you'll undertake supervised and assessed placements in educational psychology services. You will work with schools and settings of other children’s service agencies and professionals. You will work with children and young people and their families.

The following patterns are typical but are subject to change. There will be some exceptions to these patterns. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are only placement days for parts of the year.

Year one*:

  • Monday – study day (at home or at university)
  • Tuesday – university day/placement day
  • Wednesday – university day/placement day
  • Thursday – university day
  • Friday – university day

*University days will be either in-person or will involve online or directed activities during year one.

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 mean working additional hours on top of study days. The DAppEdPsy is a full-time professional training programme. This reflects in the working hours at both the university and the placement.


Placements A and B in year one will be at the six Local Authorities in the North East region. This is the base for our six Field Work Tutors. You may also have placements at other services in the North East region. This will be agreed between service managers.

The placements available for years two and three are different every year. Placements are offered by Local Authorities. You can make requests to those available in the region or further afield. These are decided through a matching process that takes place regionally.

Your future

Our Careers Service

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


You'll have access to facilities and a growing collection of online resources, including:

Find out more about the facilities in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences.

Fees and funding

If you’re awarded a place on the programme your fees will be paid throughout the three-year course.

You will be provided with 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. 

The Department for Education directly manages the government-funded element. See the Educational Psychologist Funded Training (EPFT) scheme for more information.

Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

Admissions policy

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Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course

How to apply

Applied Educational Psychology Doctorate - Open Event

We hold an Annual Open Event for potential Applied Educational Psychology Doctorate applicants. You will have the chance to speak with current and past students and the Programme team. There is also a brief formal presentation about the Programme.

The DAppEdPsy Open Event for 2024 entry will take place on 14 October 2023 (11.00-13.30) at the Boiler House, Newcastle University. You can register your interest in the event by filling out a form

Please get in touch with any questions, if you miss the event but still would like to apply to start in September 2024. You can email the Programme Administrator:

Get in touch

Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Programme Secretary
School of Education Communication and Language Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6526


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