Research course

Educational and Child Psychology

The University of Manchester · School of Environment and Development

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in psychology or an equivalent conferring Graduate Basis for Registration with the British Psychological Society. Selection for the programme is based strictly upon the Trainee Psychologist Person Specification. To obtain a copy of this and further information about the programme and entry to it please download Document A.

Months of entry


Course content

The Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology (DEdChPsychol.) is approved by the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) as a three-year full-time initial professional training programme for educational psychologists. The programme takes approximately 10 new students each September. Successful graduates, who complete the full programme and achieve the award of DEdChPsychol. are eligible to apply to the HCPC to be registered to practise as an Educational Psychologist. A practitioner is not legally allowed to practise using the title Educational Psychologist without being registered with the HCPC. An MPhil exit award may be made for candidates who do not complete the full programme successfully but this award does not confer eligibility to apply to the HCPC for registration as a practitioner psychologist.

Applicants from under-represented groups, such as ethnic minorities, people with a disability/disabilities and male applicants are encouraged. Please see the University's Equality & Diversity Policy .

The five modules of the programme's curriculum plan are designed to provide effective coverage of the required Standards of Proficiency for training in educational psychology provided by the Health and Care Professionals Council. These concurrently taught modules include:

  • Research in Applied Educational Psychology
  • Social, Organisational and Ecological Context
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Mental Health and Well-being
  • Communication and Interpersonal Effectiveness

Practical (fieldwork) is a central component of the programme. Practical learning includes evaluation of the context of schooling and its effects on children's learning and behaviour, as well as the essentials of psychological assessment, programme planning, team working and communication skills.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English require IELTS 7.0 overall and in each subsection. See IELTS level 7 descriptors document (document B).

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Recruitment and Admissions Officer
+44 (0)161 275 0807