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Educational Psychology

The aim of the programme is to provide a sound theoretical basis, as well as the requisite skills in applying psychology, to equip trainees to perform the role of the educational psychologist.

The curriculum covers the following six themes:

  • Research methods in educational psychology
  • Processes and methods of assessment.
  • The psychology of learning: managing change
  • The psychology of behaviour: managing change
  • Understanding and working with systems, organisations and groups: managing change
  • The role of the educational psychologist: managing change

Each trainee has two personal tutors plus a fieldwork supervisor on each local authority placement.

Programme aims

The aim of the programme is to offer knowledge and expertise for a career as an educational psychologist (EP), via doctorate-level study. Completion of the programme confers eligibility to apply for registration as a practitioner psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and to the British Psychological Society (BPS) for Chartered EP status.

Applicants should note the following:

  • Cardiff University has in place a Policy for Determining Applicants’ Fitness to Practise and Eligibility to Pursue Regulated Programmes of Study. This policy will be followed where information is disclosed or received about applicants, which suggests that a fitness to practise assessment is required.
  • Eligibility to enrol on the programme, if offered a place, is dependent upon satisfactory completion of an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check, i.e., one that does not reveal any information that suggests a trainee would be unsuitable for work with children, young people and vulnerable adults.
  • The HCPC carries out its own health and character checks to determine whether individuals are fit to practise and can be included on the Register. So passing all elements of this programme does not guarantee automatic inclusion on the HCPC’s Register.

Distinctive features

  • Successful graduates are eligible to apply for registration as practitioner psychologists with the HCPC and for Chartered status with the BPS
  • The DEdPsy Programme was approved by the HCPC and accredited by the BPS in April 2012. During that process, both bodies provided extremely positive feedback about the programme and the quality of its trainees and graduates

Key facts

Mode of study Full-time
Qualification DEdPsy
Full-time duration DEdPsy 3 years
Part-time duration Not available
Start dates September

The programme is a three-year, full-time course of study, with trainees spending some time on practical fieldwork placements in local authority (LA) Educational Psychology Services across all three years.


In Year 1, there is continuous assessment of theoretical and practical work. In Year 2, as well as continuous assessment of practical work, a small scale research report and related documents are assessed. In Year 3, there is continuing assessment of practical work and trainees submit a 35,000-45,000 word research portfolio, including a thesis.

Successful graduates will meet all of the HCPC’s Standards of Proficiency and the BPS’s Required Competencies for Practitioner Psychologists.

All DEdPsy graduates to date have found suitable employment, mostly working as educational psychologists in local authorities in England and Wales.

UK government postgraduate doctoral loans

Candidates for the Professional Doctorate programme may be eligible to apply for a UK government postgraduate doctoral loan.

Find out more about UK government postgraduate doctoral loans


For further information on funding please contact the School of Psychology by emailing:

Tuition fees

UK and EU students

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Students from outside the EU

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We will be accepting applications from Monday 15 October 2018 until Friday 21 December  2018.

Suitable for individuals with:

  • a qualification in psychology which confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS), usually by the December preceding the start of the programme
  • appropriate and sufficient experience of working with children (0-25 at time of application) in educational, social services or community settings

Qualifications and experience need to be obtained by 31 December.

English language requirements

For non-native speakers of English a minimum IELTS score of 7.5 will be required.

Please read our English language requirements for more details.


Administrative contact(s)

Doctorate in Educational Psychology Enquiries


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