Taught course

Child, Community and Educational Psychology

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust · Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
PhD by taught

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to: have the minimum of a psychology degree (with Honours, preferably 2.1 or above) or a qualifying conversion course or Masters degree, with eligibility for the British Psychological Society (BPS) Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). You can check your eligibility with the BPS. You must have achieved eligibility before the application deadline. If the qualification that grants you eligibility for GBC is not from the UK or Ireland you will also be required to enter your BPS membership number at application stage.

You should be able to demonstrate that you have gained a minimum of one year’s full-time (37 hours a week or the equivalent if part-time) experience of working with children and young people, usually within an educational, health, social care, youth justice, childcare or community setting by the application deadline. This experience might include teaching, learning and behaviour mentoring, being a teaching assistant, social worker, speech and language therapist, assistant psychologist. This minimum experience can be made up of all paid employment, or at least nine months full-time paid employment (or the equivalent if part-time) and the equivalent of three months sustained relevant voluntary experience.

Months of entry


Course content

As part of the national requirement, this particular three year, highly regarded professional doctorate training course in educational psychology is uniquely positioned in an NHS Mental Health Trust. Our course is unique in including a focus on the promotion of children and young people's emotional well being; the application of psycho-therapeutic models for support and intervention with families and other professionals; and establishing joint working with mental health services, schools and other professional agencies. We provide a comprehensive programme enabling you to work as an educational psychologist after qualification.

This course is for students seeking professional applied psychology training, who have:

  • completed an honours degree in psychology (or BPS recognised equivalent);
  • gained sufficient and relevant experience of working with children and young people to form a basis for their training and on going development.

It is important to understand the roles and nature of the work of an educational psychologist before applying for courses or embarking on training. This is a demanding but rewarding professional role suited to those psychologists interested in promoting positive development and achievement for all children and young people but particularly those who may be vulnerable because of additional and special educational needs. Applicants are encouraged to find out about this through making links with educational psychologists, examining research and reading on national expectations.

Fees and funding

UK students
Funded course

Please see information on fees and funding for Tavistock and Portman students on our website.

Qualification and course duration

PhD by taught

full time
36 months

Course contact details

Katie Oliver
+44 (0)20 8938 2213 / 2214