University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Applied Educational and Child Psychology

The programme comprises a number of taught elements, augmented by supervised professional practice placements in a number of approved local authority and other settings. To complete the programme, students need to meet the assessed academic, research and supervised professional practice requirements of the programme, demonstrating the standards of proficiency required of practitioner educational psychologists by the Health Professions Council, and attaining learning outcomes specified by the British Psychological Society.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good Honours degree in psychology and be eligible for the GBC at the time of application (Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership) of the British Psychological Society. Prospective students need to provide evidence of their eligibility for the GBC (Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership) of the British Psychological Society. Prior to making an application to the programme, candidates must have undertaken a minimum of 1 year's full-time equivalent postgraduate work experience with children and young people within the 0-19 year age range. They are expected to have taken steps to develop their knowledge and understanding of the role and practice of educational psychologists in England, and of the factors which influence educational psychology practice. In parallel to its function as an approved training programme, the App Ed and Child Psy D programme is a postgraduate research degree. Applicants therefore need to demonstrate their academic and research competence, and their interest in psychological and educational research. Language competence significantly in excess of the University's standard English language requirements is necessary. Candidates need to demonstrate sophisticated written and oral English language competence within a wide range of registers which ensure that they are capable of accurate and subtly nuanced communication with the wide range of service users, commissioners and colleagues with whom they need to engage during their practice as trainee educational psychologists. Only those international students who are from EEC member states and are usually resident within the UK are eligible for places on the programme.

Assessment methods

The academic and research requirements are assessed through a number of assignments completed during year 1 of the programme, and a thesis compiled during years 2 and 3 of study. The thesis comprises 2 volumes: Volume 1 is a report of a substantive original empirical study, while Volume 2 contains 4 practitioner research reports of work undertaken during the 2nd and 3rd years of training within the supervised professional practice context.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time - 3 years

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