Professional Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology Prof Doc

    About This Professional Doctorate

    Course Description

    This course provides full-time professional training leading towards registration with the Health and Caring Professions Council (HCPC) as an Educational Psychologist (this is a protected title). During the programme trainees will participate in university based teaching and learning, modular assessments, research culminating in a doctoral thesis and professional practice placements in Local Authorities and other settings relevant to educational psychologist work.

    This course will equip you to work as an Educational Psychologist in Local Authority children’s services, Educational Psychology teams, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), voluntary agencies or independently. We are driven by our determination to work towards social justice for vulnerable young people and their families and for children with special educational needs, and to advocate for their rightful place in society.

    The Professional Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology programme at UEL aims:

    To ensure trainees:

    • develop the Standards of Proficiency required to work as safe and effective educational psychologists  
    • understand the implications of the HCPC’s standards of conduct, performance and ethics
    • develop autonomous practice and reflective thinking
    • develop appropriate research skills as a basis for evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence
    • respect the rights and needs of service users through a commitment to equal opportunities and the principles of beneficence, autonomy and social justice.
    • become competent and creative educational psychologists able to work effectively in educational and community settings


    The course involves campus-based learning and teaching, self-directed learning, research and placement in Educational Psychology Services (EPS) and other employment settings, where you will work under supervision.

    In your first year you will spend most of the first two terms on campus, completing modules in Professional Practice, Child Development, the Process of Psychological Assessment and Consultation and Intervention.

    While studying these modules you will also spend time developing skills with children and young people.

    In the third term you will undertake a module in Professional Practice in the Real World, during which you will have a block placement in an EPS setting. The sixth module is Research Design, which prepares you for your research thesis.

    In your second year you will take on a bursary-supported placement for three days of the week. During the autumn term you will complete a module at the university on research – in order to complete your research proposal on the placement.

    Throughout the year you will also take a module in Developing the Competent and Reflective Practitioner in Simple Systems and you will begin the research for your thesis.

    In the third year you will continue in your placement, as well as completing a module in Developing the Critical and Reflective practitioner in Complex Systems. You will complete your research and write up your thesis.


    There is a national shortage of educational psychologists and graduates of our programme are in great demand. 

    Our programme is designed to give you the opportunity to:

    • Qualify as a practitioner educational psychologist with the HCPC
    • Become a creative applied psychological practitioner
    • Apply psychology to make a positive different to children, families, carers and schools
    • Apply best educational psychology practice, based on research evidence and professional experience (practice based evidence) 
    • Become a self-reflective practitioner and continue to develop personally and professionally through your career

    We are focused on community involvement and we train people to work for local authorities. Some will go on to work privately but the vast majority will end up being public servants. We want to train educational psychologists who can work effectively across diverse communities. We therefore actively seek applications from underrepresented groups.

    What every one of our graduates will take with them is a sense of our values – an awareness and understanding of diversity, a commitment to social justice, beneficence and promoting autonomy.

    Please note a trainee place is an exempted occupation for the purpose of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. All "spent" and "unspent" convictions must be declared. Having a "spent" or "unspent" conviction may impede your application for the course. This will depend on the circumstance and background to your offence in relation to the university place that you are applying for. Evaluation of information is based on strict confidentiality and discretion.

    Visit the Educational and Child Psychology Prof Doc page on the University of East London website for more details!

    Entry Requirements

    Minimum 2.2 Honours in Psychology (BPS Accredited).

    We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths.

    Overall IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

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