Research course

Educational Psychology

Cardiff University · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

Suitable for individuals with: -- a qualification in psychology which confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS), usually by the December preceding the start of the programme -- appropriate and sufficient experience of working with children (0-19) in educational, social services or community settings -- For non-native speakers of English a minimum IELTS score of 7.5 will be required.

Months of entry


Course content

The aim of the programme is to offer knowledge and expertise for a career as an educational psychologist (EP), via doctorate-level study. Completion of the programme confers eligibility to apply for registration as a practitioner psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and to the British Psychological Society (BPS) for Chartered EP status.

The aim of the programme is to provide a sound theoretical basis, as well as the requisite skills in applying psychology, to equip trainees to perform the role of the educational psychologist.

The curriculum covers the following six themes:

  • Research methods in educational psychology
  • Processes and methods of assessment.
  • The psychology of learning: managing change
  • The psychology of behaviour: managing change
  • Understanding and working with systems, organisations and groups: managing change
  • The role of the educational psychologist: managing change

Each trainee has two personal tutors plus a fieldwork supervisor on each local authority placement.

Full details of entry requirements and course structure can be found here:

Information for international students

International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Fees and funding

For the 2012-2015 cohort, it is anticipated that there will be nine funded places, with fee elements and bursaries provided for all three years, but trainees will have to pay a fee supplement in all three years.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Clair Southard
+44 (0)29 2087 5393
+44 (0)29 2087 4858