UCL Graduate degrees


Educational and Child Psychology DEdPsy

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 2019

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years

This programme is full-time for 3 years. There is no part-time option.

Application dates

All applicants
Close: 5 December 2018

Tuition fees (2019/20)

UK/EU: £14,250 (FT)
Overseas: £24,760 (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 Students website. The fee listed is for all students in Year 1. The fees for Year 2 and 3 (per year) are: UK students £TBC, EU students with UK placement £TBC, EU students with home country placement £TBC, Overseas students with UK placement £TBC, Overseas students with home country placement £TBC.

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 the Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP). Please visit https://www.aep.org.uk/training.

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 6.5 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 DEdPsy


Successful applicants who secure funded training places will have their university fee paid by the Department for Education 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.


To date all 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.

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

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

All applicants
5 December 2018

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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