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Educational and Child Psychology DECPsy

This doctorate offers a fully integrated practice-based, theoretically innovative, research-rich learning path, exemplified by our focus on evidence-based practice. The programme is delivered by an outstanding team of in-house practitioners with cutting-edge theoretical and research knowledge and excellent links with services in the region.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years

Tuition fees (2017/18)

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Application dates

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree or the overseas equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants for the Professional Doctorates should note that additional requirements, including relevant work experience, will apply. UK applications for the Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology are handled by a Clearing House. Please visit www.education.gov.uk/ep-application.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Special requirement of 7.0 in IELTS with 7.0 in each subtest

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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We are the world's leading integrated department of applied psychology, focusing on the implementation of ground-breaking research to improve development, education, and mental and physical wellbeing in individuals and social groups. We use a broad range of scientific approaches to advance understanding and practice across these domains. The department has an exceptional track record of influencing policy in the delivery of health, education, and social care.

Research areas

  • Neuroscience
  • Psychological Therapy
  • Society
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Children
More information can be found on the department website: Educational and Child Psychology DECPsy


Successful applicants who secure funded training places will have their university fee paid by the National College for Teaching and Learning for all three years. Please see our website for details about self-funding and overseas fees.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Many graduates of our specialist doctorates go on to become professional practitioners either in the NHS, local councils, charities, in private practice or other settings.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Educational Psychologist, Buckinghamshire County Council
  • Educational Psychologist, London Borough of Bexley
  • Educational Psychologist, Essex County Council
  • Educational Psychologist, Northamptonshire County Council


To date all UCL DECPsy graduates have been successful in their subsequent applications to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and British Psychological Society (BPS).


The department has research collaborations with many institutions including the Anna Freud Centre and Yale Child Study Centre. We also invite speakers from external institutions and professionals working for health services to give lectures to our students.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL has a long standing reputation for innovation and excellence in professional training in educational psychology. Our mission is to equip students to seize both current and future opportunities through training as applied educational and child psychologists able to practise innovatively, accountably and reflectively within local authority services and other rewarding settings.

The provision of children’s services and the role and training of educational psychologists is currently experiencing a period of change, questioning established practices and moving towards increasingly accountable, evidence-based, inclusive approaches to meeting children’s and families' needs.

Department: Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology

Student / staff numbers › 122 staff including 86 postdocs › 112 taught students › 320 research students

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology
83% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Application deadlines

Applications for UK-funded and self-funded places are made through the Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP) website. Applications can be made through the AEP website in the autumn for prospective trainees wanting to start the following academic year. Interviews are usually held at the end of February/beginning of March.

For more information see our Applications page.

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