Research course

Doctorate in Professional Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychology

UCL - University College London · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants should have an upper second-class honours degree in psychology or equivalent, conferring Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. Applicants should also be able to provide: Evidence of relevant experience of working with children and young people within educational, child care or community settings Evidence from the Disclosure and Barring Service, demonstrating suitability for direct work with children Compliance with Fitness to Practise policy An excellent work record, including evidence of outstanding interpersonal skills, provided through employment/academic references. As for all research degrees, we also require evidence of competency in written and oral English.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme generates high-level research expertise and an understanding of the role of EPs as applied psychologists working in education. It introduces Trainee EPs to the most recent developments in educational psychology, professionalism and practice.

The programme aims to:

*Provide graduates with the skills to apply educational psychology within socially and culturally diverse communities and in partnership with key role partners including children and young people, their parents and carers and other professionals.

*Enable trainees to develop the professional knowledge, understandings, skills and awareness to systematically review information and evidence to formulate effective psychological assessments and interventions in response to client needs.

*Develop the knowledge, skills, ethical awareness and practical expertise to conduct research that contributes to and extends the professional knowledge base; using research to contribute to the evidence base of effective applied educational psychology; contributing to high quality research activity within Local Authority and Children's Service contexts.

Information for international students

This programme is open to EU and international students who fulfil the programme entry requirements.

Fees and funding

Applications for funded places for UK based (Home) students should be made via the Association of Educational Psychologists. Applications from EU and International students who are self-funded are welcomed. It is sometimes possible for these candidates to obtain funding/ scholarships from organisations based in home countries.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Student Enquiries
+44 (0)207 612 6043