CPD Doctorate in Educational Psychology
The DEdPsy is a flexible 4-year research degree tailored to meet the needs of practising Educational Psychologists with at least one year's experience. The course combines a practical/applied focus with academic and research excellence, providing opportunities to carry out high-quality applied research into important and complex issues in LAs and services and to develop evidence-based practice.
We welcomed our nineteenth cohort in January 2017. Advantages of the programme cited by course members in 2016 include:
- The opportunity to develop up-to-date applied research knowledge and reflect on practice
- The programme's professional relevance
- The extremely high quality of tutor support, expertise and feedback offered
- The flexibility and diversity of the programme – offering individually tailored support arrangements as required to students, including those seeking a specialist focus in the programme, working overseas and in management posts/independent practice
- Opportunities to network with others from different organizations
- Participation in Leading Edge Day conferences, led by expert researchers and innovative EP practitioners
- Curriculum content and attendance
The following curriculum objectives form the cornerstones of the taught components of the programme and of each participant's learning and research plan, which is tailored to individual and professional needs as well as UCL requirements.
(a) Applied research
- to acquire applied research skills which will foster the development of insight, knowledge, understanding and expertise in a Local Authority or Educational Psychology Service problem area
- to acquire skills which can enhance the management of pressing problems in the education sector
- to critically evaluate and monitor interventions and strategies for problem management
- to develop a critical appreciation of the epistemological assumptions underlying a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods
- to develop mastery of the mix of methods employed in a personal research project which may involve either quantitative or qualitative methods or a combination of both
(b) Professional practice
- to engage with cutting/leading-edge research and theory in educational psychology
- to consider how to adapt this knowledge to manage problems faced by educational psychologists in everyday professional practice
- to critically evaluate and extend/develop such aspects of professional practice
- to become a reflective practitioner
The psychology of adult learning and the provision of effective learning experiences for experienced professionals are particular areas of expertise at UCL. Learning activities build on and utilise participants’ prior knowledge of psychology and professional experience in educational psychology. The curriculum is delivered through:
- Group teaching sessions (including a joint research methods workshop with colleagues on the initial training Doctorate)
- Access to UCL’s excellent web-based learning environment (Moodle), including our innovative research methods course and Wiki
- Regular 1:1 tutorials with a personal tutor, alongside additional access to support and advice about more specialist research methodologies from other tutors within the team
- Regular group opportunities to discuss and share your developing individualized research plan with a supportive group of peers, and tutors
- Annual progress review meetings with your tutor and research advisor, providing additional advice and support as required
- Leading Edge Psychology Days and Workshops which include nationally known keynote speakers as well as practice components, on topical areas chosen by course members
Additionally, towards the end of the final year, participants are offered a ‘mock’ viva with feedback to assist them in preparation for examination of their thesis.
Attendance and Timetable Overview
Attendance at UCL for the taught elements of the programme involves 15 formally timetabled days in year 1 and 9 days for each of years 2 to 4. The timetabled days are located at the beginning and ends of terms and in half term when schools work is less likely to be scheduled. One of the timetabled days each term is reserved for personal study which may not involve a trip to UCL.
The DEdPsy at UCL is an intensive 4-year programme. In addition to attending the 42 timetabled days at UCL over the course of the four years, participants will need to commit up to 5 hours each week of term time to work on their doctorate studies. Further time will need to be allocated for data collection and other work-place based research activities. The programme facilitates private study by offering flexible off-site tutor support, access to excellent and diverse libraries and research materials and electronic learning modules.
- Research and Assignment Components
The assessment requirements for the four-year DEdPsy programme for practising Educational Psychologists are:
- A research thesis of 30-40,000 words in length which makes a distinct contribution to knowledge of the subject and offers evidence of originality shown by the discovery of new facts and the exercise of independent critical power.
- Four professional assignments of 7,000 words each, which offer course members the chance to illuminate, develop and evaluate aspects of current or future practice in Educational Psychology. Three assignments must relate to the following core topics in applied psychology:
- Psychological Assessment and Intervention
- The Profession of Educational and Child Psychology and its Context
- Personal Effectiveness in a Professional Context
Practising Educational Psychologists on the programme have based their assignments and thesis on a wide range of topics, many of which are at the cutting edge of EP practice. Click here to view a full list of research thesis and assignment topics
- Tutor Team
Our team of highly experienced and committed tutors includes:
- Dr Susan Birch (Senior Educational Psychologist, Buckinghamshire)
- Dr Phil Stringer (District Senior Educational Psychologist and former PEP, Hampshire)
- Dr Tony Cline (previously PEP for Inner London Education Authority and Head of Psychology, University of Luton)
- Dr Roger Booker (Independent Consultant/Executive Coach, formerly Head of Psychology and Assessment, Surrey)
- Dr Sandra Dunsmuir (Director of UCL Educational Psychology Group)
- Dr Andy Fugard (Lecturer in Educational Psychology Research Methods and Statistics, UCL)
Each year we conduct a comprehensive evaluation of all aspects of the programme. Such evaluation provides useful feedback which we have incorporated into the programme organization and delivery. Recent evaluations have highlighted high levels of satisfaction expressed by the majority of current course members. Positives of the programme cited by course members in December 2016 include:
"Personally and professionally fulfilling. Excellent tutor support"
“Since starting the DEdPsy programme I feel I am able to provide a better service as a practitioner Psychologist – my critical thinking and creativity have increased”
“The quality of supervision and range of skills in the department”
“I’ve received fantastic support from both peers and the tutor group. The programme provides excellent value for money. I have found the experience extremely rewarding in terms of professional growth - it allows time to explore areas of interest more deeply”
- Leading Edge Psychology Days
A particular benefit of the programme is the opportunity of attending our Leading Edge Psychology Days, mini conferences and workshops.
Whilst our workshops and mini conferences are exclusively for course members, our annual Leading Edge Psychology Days are organized primarily to cater to the needs and interests of the four year groups on the DEdPsy programme but are open to all EP practitioners across the country, therefore providing excellent networking opportunities. The structure of the day is well-established and involves both research and practice components of selected topics which are delivered by established researchers and innovative EP practitioners. Please click here to read about our forthcoming and recently held Leading Edge Psychology Days.
- Graduate and Tutor Research
For research by our graduates and tutors - including alumni publications and research symposia - click here
- Graduate Study at UCL
University College London (UCL) is one of the foremost teaching and research institutions in the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1826 to provide higher education for all who could benefit from it, regardless of religion, race or class, and is both the longest established and largest of the various colleges and institutes that make up the University of London. The College was the first to admit women to higher education on equal terms with men, and also pioneered the teaching of many subjects at university level, including psychology.
Over half of the diverse 38,000 strong student community is engaged in graduate studies, with almost half of these pursuing research degrees. We have hundreds of collaborative research partners and an ever-expanding worldwide network of more than 200,000 UCL alumni helps to maintain the university's international reputation for innovation and excellence.
UCL is proud of its record of academic distinction. It can count 29 Nobel Prize winners among former academic staff and students, and our academic community includes 35 Fellows of the Royal Society, 11 of the Royal Academy of Engineering and 22 of the British Academy. UCL has the highest number of professors of any university in the UK, 975, as well as the highest number of female professors.
Ideally situated in the heart of Bloomsbury, central London's huge array of libraries, museums, public gardens, cinemas, theatres, cafés, bars and restaurants are all within easy reach. The UCL campus provides graduate students with many useful amenities, including a university bookshop; a language centre offering numerous evening courses; a multi million pound fitness suite; UCL's very own West End Theatre, the Bloomsbury; numerous fine and diverse museums and collections and extensive well resourced library facilities cited by many current DEdPsy course members as a particular asset to research.
To read more about the our history of Educational Psychology training and our place within the Department of Clinical Educational and Health Psychology, part of the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, click here.
- Application Process
Applications for January 2018 entry can be made from 1 March 2017 on a first come first served basis, with interviews being held until October 2017.
Essential application requirements
- A British Psychological Society recognised Master’s (or equivalent level) qualification in educational psychology
- Two letters of reference supporting the candidate’s ability to undertake the DEdPsy. The opinion and support of current employers will be sought in that for applicants currently employed by Local Authorities one of the two referees should be the head of service in which the applicant is working. (Please note that references should be emailed by referees directly to email@example.com rather than being emailed to the candidate).
- An appropriate Initial Research Proposal which identifies a provisional topic for the thesis.
- Evidence of keeping up-to-date with developments in psychology.
- Evidence of understanding of current issues in educational psychology and practice.
- Evidence of innovatory/creative work in own professional practice.
- Evidence of recent involvement in applied small-scale action research carried out within present service.
- Evidence of published paper(s) in professional journal(s) and/or conference presentations.
- Evidence of the ability to write logically and clearly.
- Evidence of the agreement and support of line manager/PEP to embark on a 4-year CPD Doctoral programme at UCL.
How to apply
Application for January 2018 entry is open until 29th September 2017. Interested candidates should complete an application pack comprising:
- an application form
- two reference forms (to be returned to us by email directly by the referee - not via the candidate)
- the disability and ethnic origin monitoring form
As the programme begins in early January, applicants should complete and return their application including their personal support statement between 1st March 2017 and 29th September 2017 at latest, with interviews being held at various points between just after your application date and the end of October 2017. Early application is advised as places are allocated on a first come first served basis.
Interested parties can contact Dr Phil Stringer or Dr Susan Birch by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com) to arrange for an informal telephone discussion about the programme and the interview procedure.
Fees for the DEdPsy, commencing in January 2018, are estimated to be:
- UK/EU students: £2,385
- Overseas students: approximately £10,660
Study is available on a part-time basis only. Fees are payable for each year of formal registration.
Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to seek support from their employer (including support with payment of programme fees). This website highlights some of the potential benefits to Services as well as individual participants. Where an applicant's employer contributes financial support an annual report on the applicant's progress will be made to the employer if requested. This report is open to the applicant.
- Frequently Asked Questions
Some FAQs will be available below shortly.
You can also contact our admin team with general queries:
Tel: 020 7679 5307