Master Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology

University of East London | London, United Kingdom
The programme equips students to work as educational psychologists in Local Authority Children Services and other settings.

Description of Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology


The programme equips students to work as educational psychologists in Local Authority Children Services and other settings. It is the Health Professions Council recognised qualification to practise as an educational psychologist in England. At the end of the programme successful graduates can apply for recognition as a practitioner Educational Psychologist with the Health Professional Council. The programme prepares students to become committed and creative educational psychologists, applying psychology in educational and other settings, in order to make a positive difference for children.

Students study child development, the process of assessment, consultation, intervention and research. They learn to be reflective and critical practitioners working from an evidence base. Students develop skills in working with individual children, groups, families, and schools through both working alone and in multidisciplinary teams.

Professional Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology at UEL

Training in Educational Psychology at UEL is well established with a commitment to children and families going back many years. It is one of the few universities in the country that offers Doctoral programmes in clinical, counselling and occupational psychology and its commitment to Positive Psychology is well known.
Throughout the Educational Psychology programme there is an implicit and explicit emphasis on applying psychology to make a positive difference to children and young people. The importance of listening to childrens views and involving them in decision making is reinforced by a commitment to improving the quality of life for vulnerable children.

The programme celebrates the opportunities of working in a diverse society and the importance of recognising the individuality of people within an evidence based profession.

Experienced and enthusiastic tutors ensure students become sensitive and mature reflective practitioners through problem-based learning and high quality teaching. Carefully planned and supervised placement experiences ensure all students become the best EPs they can over the course of the three year programme.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee Not specified
Start date September  2016
Duration full-time 36 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The programme lasts for 3 years full time. Each year starts in September and runs until August of the following year. There are two stages of the programme. Stage One comprises the first year. Stage Two comprises the second and third years.

The programme comprises university-based learning and teaching, self-directed learning, research and placement in Educational Psychology Services (EPS) and other employment settings, where students work under supervision.

Stage 1 (Year 1) students complete 6 modules at the university, including one module largely comprising of a structured placement in an EPS.

Stage 2 In Years 2 and 3, students are eligible for appointment as a Trainee Educational Psychologist in a service, for three or four days per week. In both years students complete a module based on their learning on placement. They also complete a research module in Year 2 and their research thesis in Year 3.

Students are solely responsible for seeking appointment or bursaries at Stage 2. Whilst the programme assists students, it cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for the success or otherwise of the application. This arrangement is subject to change in line with new longer term agreements with regional educational psychology services, currently under negotiation.

Learning environment

The learning outcomes are achieved through:-

  • Lectures, seminars and workshops led by the tutor team and outside specialists
  • Problem based learning in small groups
  • Supervised practice on placement
  • Individual and group tutorials
  • Independent and directed reading
  • Reflection
  • Completion of assessed assignments and the placement files
  • A research thesis


A key feature of the programme is negotiated learning in respect of the written assignments, using the Learning Contract and required learning outcomes. Such student/tutor negotiations enable students to plan work which is of direct benefit to them in light of their previous knowledge and understanding.

English Language Requirements

CAE score
180(Grade C)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology

  1. Eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) by the British Psychological Society (BPS). This means a degree in psychology (or equivalent recognised by the BPS).
  1. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have gained two years relevant experience of working with children within educational, childcare or community settings. Examples of the kinds of settings in which relevant experience is likely to be gained include work as: a teacher, a graduate assistant in an Educational Psychology Service, a Learning Support Assistant, an Educational Social Worker, a Learning Mentor, a Speech and Language Therapist, a Care Worker, a worker in early years settings. Whatever kind of work has been done, we will be primarily interested in what applicants have learnt from their experiences that is relevant to work as an educational psychologist, and how they have been able to apply the knowledge of psychology gained through their first degrees.
  2. Experience of workplace organisations, particularly schools or other educational settings
  3. Effective interpersonal and communication skills relevant to the practice of educational psychology
  4. A strong and realistic commitment to train to become an educational psychologist
  5. A willingness to learn new and challenging ideas, to be self-reflective, and to have an interest in the processes of teaching and learning
  6. Good references
  7. Where English is not the applicants first language, a minimum IELTS Academic English, or such qualifications as our University deems comparable, score of 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in all components, is required at entry. Such assessment of English language competence must normally have been undertaken no more than two years prior to application, though relevant and more recent study in a United Kingdom Higher Education Institution may be accepted as sufficient proof of ability.

Work Experience for Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology

No work experience is required.

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