UCL (University College London)

Course Introduction

The DEdPsy is a three-year professional training doctorate programme that is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Successful completion of the programme enables graduates to register as a Practitioner Psychologist with the HCPC and as a Chartered Educational Psychologist with the BPS. The DEdPsy facilitates an understanding of the role of Educational Psychologists (EPs) as applied psychologists working with children and young people, their families and allied professionals. It introduces trainee EPs to the most recent developments in educational psychology and professional practice and promotes high level research skills. The location of the DEdPsy at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) provides trainee EPs with the opportunity to engage in research alongside world leaders in the fields of education and psychology, including staff from the Centre for Research in Autism and Education and the Thomas Coram Research Unit.

Trainee EPs on the DEdPsy have been able to contribute to national research led by Professor Peter Blatchford, which investigated the impact of statements of special educational needs on children's educational progress. They have also worked on research funded by the Office of the Children?s Commissioner, alongside Professor Elizabeth Pellicano and Vivian Hill, investigating how the rights of children attending residential special schools are protected and promoted. Other research has included: evaluations of interventions to support children?s mental health, including CBT; the influences of gang culture on childhood; investigations into the diagnosis and management of ADHD; explorations of the experiences and educational outcomes of Looked After Children; support for young offenders; the influences of ITC and social media on childhood development; literacy and language development interventions; children?s friendships; sensory impairments; SEN and inclusion issues and much more. All of the DEdPsy graduates to date, have secured posts as educational psychologists. Those who take up a UK government-funded bursary are required to work in an English local authority children?s service for a minimum of two years after qualification.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
DEdPsy £14,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
DEdPsy £14,250 European Fees
3 years
Full Time
DEdPsy £24,760 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor?s degree in Psychology from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Candidates should also have experience of working with children and young people from birth to age 25, across a diverse range of employment contexts. Candidates must hold evidence from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) of suitability to engage in direct work with children.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have: IELTS overall grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests; overall score of 109 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening in Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT; overall score of 191 with 176 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; overall score of 191 with 176 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English; 75 overall, with a minimum of 62 in each Communicative Skill in Pearson Test of English (Academic); successful completion of ISE III with a ?distinction? in all components; overall mark of 75%, with at least 65% in each of the four subtests in UCL Diploma in English for Academic Purposes; overall mark of 75% with at least 65% in each of the four elements of the examination in UCL International Pre-Master's Courses; mark of 75%, with at least 65% in each of the subtests in UCL Pre-sessional English Courses.
  • IELTS score: 7.5
  • TOEFL score: 109