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Prof Doc Educational and Child Psychology

Course overview

Start date

September 2020

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On campus

Course summary

This course will equip you to work as an educational psychologist in local authority children’s services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), voluntary agencies or independently.

It meets both the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) standards and the Division of Educational and Child Psychology – British Psychological Society (DECP) criteria for three-year training.

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.

We are looking for mature psychology graduates who are seeking to extend their love of and use of psychology, with a minimum of two years’ experience working with children or young people in paid employment.

In recent years, around half of our students have previously trained as teachers, while other professions represented have included classroom assistants, mental health and clinical practitioners, youth workers and social workers.


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Funded by the Department of Education

This is a highly sought-after three-year, full-time course. It offers a small number of places funded by the Department of Education – and an employment success rate close to 100 per cent.

Only 1 of 13 courses in the country

This is one of only 13 courses in the country which will give you the protected title of a Practitioner Psychologist within Educational Psychology. This means you can apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and are eligible for Chartered Psychologist status with the British Psychological Society.

We have been teaching this course since the 1970s

In that time the academic team have effectively issued a challenge to each trainee educational psychologist to be “the best EP you can be”.

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What we're researching

Psychology at UEL was ranked equal first in the country in terms of the impact of its research, beating Oxford and Cambridge.

The Research Excellence Framework is a six-yearly national review by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

In 2014 it rated 43 per cent of our research as ‘internationally excellent’ and a further 25 per cent as ‘world-leading’ – the highest accolade. It added that UEL’s School of Psychology was one of only four in the country whose research had a ‘100 per cent impact’ at the highest level.

The combined figure of 68 per cent from the top two tiers dwarfs the previous figure of 20 per cent from the previous national review in 2008.
Research subjects in recent years have included electronic cigarettes, infant development and neuropsychology.

Professor Irvine Gersch has produced world-renowned research in the fields of listening to children and pupil involvement, behaviour management, school leadership, systems analysis, management, educational psychology training, conciliation and mediation in special needs and teacher stress.

He is a former recipient of the British Psychological Society’s annual award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology.

Professor Rachel Tribe was awarded the British Psychological Society’s Ethics Committee’s 2013 award for promoting Equality of Opportunity.

Her clinical interests focus on all aspects of trauma, culture and mental health, professional and ethical practice, working with interpreters in mental health, migration and mental health and organisational development.

Dr Lynne Dawkins, leader of the Drugs and Addictive Behaviours Research Group, is one of the UK’s leading authorities on e-cigarettes.

Dr Caroline Edmonds’ research examines the effect of hydration on cognition in children and adults.

Dr Davide Rivolta’s research focuses on the cognitive and neural correlates of face perception, both in normal subjects and in people with congenital prosopagnosia (face blindness).

Making a difference

UEL is one of the UK’s leading modern research universities. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), 17 per cent of our overall research submission was classified as ‘world-leading’ for its quality and impact – almost double our previous REF score. A further 45 per cent of our work was considered ‘internationally excellent’.

Fees and funding

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We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and
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Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

£10,280 to fund your Masters Programme under the Postgraduate Loans (PGL) scheme

Postgraduate Loans (PGL)

The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) provide non means-tested loans of up to £10,280 to taught and research masters students.  It will be paid to students as a contribution towards tuition fees, living costs and other course costs.

Applications are made directly through Student Finance England


Whether you qualify depends on:
•    if you’ve studied on a postgraduate course before
•    your course
•    your age
•    your nationality or residency status

Full eligibility can be found here 

Please take a look at the Postgraduate Loans for an overview of the new funding.

Apply for a 50 per cent discount on your tuition fees! You can get a 50 per cent discount on course fees through a UEL Postgraduate Scholarship.

The scholarship is open to full-time and part-time UK and EU students of taught postgraduate courses.

To see our full eligibility criteria and how to apply click here

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How we can help you

Did you know that with a postgraduate qualification you can expect to earn £200,000 more than someone who only holds an undergraduate degree*?

If you want to build new skills, change career paths, or further your career prospects, a postgraduate degree can help you. Our range of scholarships and bursaries will make financing your education that much easier.

*Sutton Trust Report 2013

Alumni Discount - 15 per cent

Early Payment Discount - 5 per cent

Part-time Postgraduate Fee-waiver - up to £500

Sport Scholarships – Up to £6,000

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There are a number of ways you can pay your fees to UEL
•    Online payment facilities
•    By telephone
•    In person at our Docklands or Stratford campus
•    Bank transfer Full information on making payments can be found here
If you wish to discuss payments to the University, please contact our Income Team on 020 8223 2030 or you can email

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate
your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and
university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.


Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an postgraduate course, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £4,000. You can find out more about the international scholarships here. In addition to this, we offer a five per cent early payment discount and 15 per cent alumni discount.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082234444 or

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages ( for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here.

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.


Tuition fees
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.2 Honours in Psychology (BPS Accredited)

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


(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

If you don’t quite meet the academic requirements for this course, you can apply with an additional foundation year. Read more about the International Foundation Programme.


Applicants are required to have a minimum of Two years relevant experience of working with children within educational, childcare or community settings.   Examples of the kinds of settings in which relevant experience is likely to be gained include work as:  a teacher, a graduate assistant in an Educational Psychology Service, a Learning Support Assistant, an Educational Social Worker, a Learning Mentor, a Speech and Language Therapist, a Care Worker, a worker in early years settings.


Applicants should be able to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Understanding of and ability to work with young people
  • Understanding of and ability to work in organisations
  • Commitment to train as an Educational Psychologist

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

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll study

We consistently review and develop our courses and modules to ensure they are up-to-date with sector and industry graduate skills demands. Course structure, modules and options are subject to change.

Year 1

PY8111 - Educational Psychology Theory & Practice 1

PY8112 - Professional Practice Placement in Educational and Child Psychology 1

70 days on Local Authority of equivalent placement, activities as outlined in module specifications

Year 2

PY8113 - Educational Psychology Theory & Practice 2

PY8114 - Professional Practice Placement in Educational and Child Psychology 2

130 days on Local Authority of equivalent placement, activities as outlined in module specifications

Year 3

PY8115 - Educational Psychology Theory & Practice 3

PY8116 - Professional Practice Placement in Educational and Child Psychology 3

130 days on Local Authority of equivalent placement, activities as outlined in module specifications


In Years 2 and 3 you will complete a Research Thesis module.

How you'll be assessed

Students are assessed in 3 main areas: professional skills, academic ability and research skills. These skills are integrated throughout the programme and are evident in all pieces of assessed work. We use a range of assessment methods, including, essays, reports and presentations (individual and group), all of which meet a range of different learning styles and best meet the learning outcomes.

Your research thesis commences in Year 2 for submission in Year 3 (35,000 words +/- 10%)

To obtain the degree of Professional Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology all aspects of the assessment procedure in all three years must be passed.

Course specification

How you'll learn

To be a practitioner you need to know how to help children and young people build resilience and confidence so that they can succeed in school, at home and in their community. This will involve working directly with children and young people as well as supporting parents, teachers and other responsible adults.

You will have regular individual and small group support from you academic tutor as well as supervisor on placement. 

Practice placements constitute a crucial and integral part of the training for Educational Psychologists in all three years. Trainees will be on placements throughout their training, working with a range of client groups and, increasingly, will develop skills and knowledge across the three years to enable them to work effectively and ethically with complex cases. The year-long placement modules enable and support trainees' development on bursaries by progressively building their experience of service delivery and working effectively as a practitioner in different contexts with a range of client groups and issues.

Each trainee is assessed extensively using the Placement Assessment Report and Portfolio at the end of each year's placement by their placement supervisor, there is also an end of year progress review conducted by the trainees' Academic and Professional tutor.

This is not a research degree but in your second and third years, when you will be placed in local authority educational psychology services, you will be expected to undertake a piece of research on an important area of concern. This will involve what we call ‘real-world research’.

For example, last year one of our students undertook research on students excluded from secondary schools. She interviewed the services that were meant to support the pupils and organised focus groups with them to find out what they were doing and what they felt was working successfully. She interviewed the people in school responsible for excluding the pupils, and then carried out interviews with individual pupils and their families about their experience. Afterwards she tried to match the differences between how different people saw things and to come up with a solution.

What you'll learn

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.

Your future career

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
  • 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.

You can work with children and their families. You can carry out consultations with teachers, supporting them so they can better understand why a child is having learning difficulties, why they are having emotional outbursts in the classroom or why they are self-harming. You can carry out research – we are an evidence-based profession.

We are highly supportive as an academic team and we pride ourselves on looking after the wellbeing of our trainees. 

What every one of our graduates will take with them is a sense of our values – an awareness and understanding of the diversity within a community.

We celebrate difference. We celebrate whatever background people come from, both professionally and personally.

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