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

    About This Professional Doctorate

    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 is a three-year, full-time course approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and recognised by the Department for Education as a professional training course in educational psychology.

    All our graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC as a practitioner educational psychologist and join the British Psychological Society's Division of Educational and Child Psychology.


    This programme is non-modular, but will include a focus on these broad areas:

    • Promoting Development and Education
    • Person and Professional Values, Ethics and Skills
    • Diversity and Cultural Difference
    • Consultation
    • Psychological Assessment and Formulation
    • Psychological Intervention and Evaluation
    • Service Delivery and Organisational Change
    • Training and Development
    • Research and Inquiry
    • Transferable Skills


    3 years full-time


    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


    Placements during Years 2 and 3 might be within the Yorkshire and the Humber region.

    The course allows for periods of independent study time across all three years of training to enable you to complete the academic demands of the course.


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


    We're proud to welcome a vibrant and diverse community, with students based locally, nationally and internationally. Our research has a direct impact on educational theory, policy and practice; we're supporting the development of children, families, schools and learning communities.

    Our seminars are interactive and everyone is encouraged to take part. The course director knows every student personally, and you will get a lot of individual support across all of your modules.

    Our team of tutors at the School of Education comprises of experts in early childhood education, policy and practice, psychological theory of education, and languages and education. Many of our academic staff are internationally recognised in their specialist areas.

    Our placement module is an excellent way to gain valuable work experience, enhancing your skills and influencing your career path. We offer quality work placements that also provide you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in a professional environment. We will support you in selecting an appropriate placement setting, whether you want to focus on teaching or alternatives to teaching.

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

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    Entry Requirements

    An undergraduate honours degree in psychology that is recognised by the BPS for graduate membership.

    You must also have over one year of full-time (or equivalent) experience of working with children within educational, childcare or community settings.

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

    See programme website for full details.

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