The DEdPsy is a three-year professional training doctorate programme that is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Successful completion of the programme enables graduates to register as a Practitioner Psychologist with the HCPC and as a Chartered Educational Psychologist with the BPS.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £14,250 (FT)
- £24,039 (FT)
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. The fee listed is for all students in Year 1. The fees for Year 2 and 3 (per year) are: UK students £7,125; EU students with UK placement £14,250; EU students with home country placement £7,125; Overseas students with UK placement £20,600; Overseas students with home country placement £19,055.
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Candidates should also have experience of working with children and young people from birth to age 25, across a diverse range of employment contexts. Candidates must hold evidence from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) of suitability to engage in direct work with children.
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: Advanced
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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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The DEdPsy facilitates an understanding of the role of Educational Psychologists (EPs) as applied psychologists working with children and young people, their families and allied professionals. It introduces trainee EPs to the most recent developments in educational psychology and professional practice and promotes high level research skills. The location of the DEdPsy at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) provides trainee EPs with the opportunity to engage in research alongside world leaders in the fields of education and psychology, including staff from the Centre for Research in Autism and Education and the Thomas Coram Research Unit.
Trainee EPs on the DEdPsy have been able to contribute to national research led by Professor Peter Blatchford, which investigated the impact of statements of special educational needs on children's educational progress. They have also worked on research funded by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, alongside Professor Elizabeth Pellicano and Vivian Hill, investigating how the rights of children attending residential special schools are protected and promoted.
Other research has included: evaluations of interventions to support children’s mental health, including CBT; the influences of gang culture on childhood; investigations into the diagnosis and management of ADHD; explorations of the experiences and educational outcomes of Looked After Children; support for young offenders; the influences of ITC and social media on childhood development; literacy and language development interventions; children’s friendships; sensory impairments; SEN and inclusion issues and much more.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
All of the DEdPsy graduates to date, have secured posts as educational psychologists. Those who take up a UK government-funded bursary are required to work in an English local authority children’s service for a minimum of two years after qualification.
Trainee EPs successfully completing the programme meet the professional competency requirements set out by the HCPC and BPS. As such they are entitled to register with the HCPC for the protected title of Practitioner Psychologist and to apply for chartered status with the BPS. Graduates are able to apply for posts as practising educational psychologists in local authority children’s services.
Within the Department of Psychology and Human Development there are a wide range of seminars which provide networking opportunities. Some taught sessions are held jointly with other DEdPsy programmes and enable trainees to meet with Trainee EPs from other programmes. There are also sessions that are shared with trainee clinical psychologists and speech and language therapists. Trainee EPs are also encouraged to attend and present their research at the annual national conference for trainee EPs hosted by the BPS Division of Educational and Child Psychology and to work alongside their supervisors to publish their work.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The DEdPsy programme at the IOE provides a unique context in which to train as an educational psychologist. The location of the programme in the Department of Psychology and Human Development within the world’s leading university for Education, provides our trainees with access to outstanding teaching within the disciplines of psychology and education, taught by world leaders in their fields.
Our trainees have the opportunity to develop their research expertise under the supervision of leading researchers. Trainee EPs may pursue their own research interests or contribute to major national research projects that help to shape national and international policy and practice. Accreditation reports have highlighted the strengths of the programme in facilitating creative developments and innovative practice within the profession and in promoting the synthesis of theory and practice.
The programme has a long-standing and distinguished profile in the profession and has an excellent team of applied educational psychologists from services across London and the home counties. The focus of the programme is to consider the influences of different systems and contexts on children and young people based on Bronfenbrenner’s eco systemic model.
Department: Psychology & Human Development
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: Psychology & Human Development
78% 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.
- Scholarship applicants
- 6 December 2017
- All applicants
- 1 May 2018
Applications for a UK government funded bursary place should be made via the Educational Psychology Funded Training (EPFT) Scheme on the Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP) website in the Autumn Term. The deadline is usually in November of each year for references and 6 December 2017 for completion and submission of full application. The AEP website is regularly updated to give deadline dates for the application process. Applicants are strongly advised to check this website for up-to-date information.
Self-funding/Overseas applicants should submit their application online via the link below. Please note - you do not need to put the name of a proposed supervisor or research area on the application form.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now