Professional Doctorate in Doctor of Educational and Child Psychology (DEdCPsy)

About This Professional Doctorate

Course Description

Course description

This professional training course will give you the skills, competencies and HCPC registration required to practise as an educational psychologist. We teach you the theory and support your practice, so you’ll be well prepared for your future career.


This programme is non-modular, but will include:

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Assessment and Intervention
  • The Education of Children with Additional Needs
  • Group Training for Support Staff
  • Professional Issues
  • Over 300 days of supervised professional practice placements


A mix of placement, private study and teaching from tutors. Your usual weekly pattern will be:

Year 1: Two days teaching, one day private study, two days work placement.

Year 2: One day teaching, one day private study, three days work placement.

Year 3: One day teaching or research, one day private study, three days work placement.


Essays, practical work folders and a dissertation including research portfolio.

Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information:

Visit the Doctor of Educational and Child Psychology (DEdCPsy) page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You must have over one year of full-time (or equivalent) experience of working with children within educational, childcare or community settings. You will also need an honours degree in psychology that is recognised by the BPS for graduate membership.

Disclosure and Barring Service:
As this course involves working with children and young people, you'll need to provide an Enhanced Disclosure from the Criminal convictions and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) prior to your training starting.

English language requirements:
Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

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