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Part-time Continuing Professional Doctorate in Educational Psychology (DEdPsy)

Valuing your professional competence and building upon your expertise

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 (if this does not apply to you click here for other PhD and graduate programmes offered by UCL). 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.

The largest Department of Psychology in the UK with an 'excellence' 5* research rating, we are continually expanding upon our 100 year history of researching and teaching in psychology and 50-year experience of cutting edge professional training delivery in educational psychology.

Course members chat at a recent Leading Edge day
We welcomed our eighteenth cohort in January 2016. The advantages of undertaking the DEdPsy most commonly cited by course members in recent feedback and satisfaction rating exercises include:

  The opportunity to develop up-to-date applied research knowledge and reflect on practice; the programme's professional relevance

  Extremely high quality of tutor support, expertise and feedback (100% satisfaction rating)

  The flexibility and diversity of the programme (supporting EPs who seek a specialist focus in the programme to ensure that the planning of their assignment and thesis work meets their needs; enabling EPs in special situations, such as those in management posts and those working in independent practice, to work on issues that concern them; and offering EPs working overseas individually tailored support arrangements)

  Opportunities to network with others from different organizations

  Participation in Leading Edge Days (conferences led by expert researchers and innovative EP practitioners, organised on behalf of course members but also attended by other EP practitioners)


Learn from the best

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)


A well-organised and structured learning programme recognising the demands on your time yet encouraging a high degree of professional rigour

Attendance at UCL for the taught elements of the programme involves 15 days in year 1 and 9 days for each of years 2 to 4, planned as far as possible to coincide with periods of low service demand. In addition we facilitate private study by offering flexible off-site tutor support, access to excellent and diverse libraries and research materials and electronic learning modules.

Assessment comprises four professional practice development assignments of 7,000 words each (usually one submitted annually) and a research thesis of 30-40,000 words in length which focuses on current and complex issues in Educational Psychology (completed in the final year of the programme).


Benefit from flexible arrangements for study and support

A Singapore based course member participates in a Skype TutorialThe programme provides a clear structure for tutorial support and for formative feedback on the written work that course members produce. These arrangements have proved flexible and adaptable enough for psychologists to gain their doctorates alongside major life changes that might have been expected to interrupt their studies, including promotion, change of employment, maternity and ill health.

Psychologists from overseas are successfully studying on the course from places as near as Ireland and France and as distant as Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Singapore.


"My DEdPsy is the most rewarding and valuable thing I have ever done!"

Year 4 DEdPsy course member

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