Research course

Applied Educational and Child Psychology

University of Birmingham · School of Education

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply through the EPFT scheme you must

  • have a psychology degree (2:1 (‘upper second’) or above) or have completed an approved conversion course or a Master’s degree, AND be eligible for the British Psychological Society (BPS) Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). You must have the qualification that grants you eligibility for GBC before the application deadline. If the qualification that grants you eligibility for GBC is not from the UK or Ireland, you will be required to enter your BPS membership number at the application stage (see below)
  • be able to demonstrate that you have gained a minimum of one year’s full-time (i.e. 37 hours a week for 52 weeks or part-time equivalent) experience working with children and young people within an educational, health, social care, youth justice, childcare or community setting by the application deadline. This can be made up of all paid employment or at least nine months full-time equivalent paid employment and the equivalent of three months sustained relevant voluntary experience. Any additional paid/voluntary experience over the one-year minimum requirement should also be included
  • have permission to work in England for the duration of the course and for at least two years after completing the course. If you are uncertain of your immigration status you should contact the Home Office.

Months of entry


Course content

The Applied Educational and Child Psychology Doctorate (App Ed and Child Psy D) is a research degree and professional training that confers eligibility to apply for registration as practitioner psychologist (educational) with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

The Applied Educational and Child Psychology Doctorate (App Ed and Child Psy D) programme is approved by the HCPC and accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Why study this programme?

The programme provides:

  • a unique research-based approach to practice
  • module-based learning in core domains underpinned by contemporary developments in educational psychology
  • a distinctive focus upon anti-oppressive practice and supporting diversity, and on supervision.
  • a highly praised tutorial system
  • close, supportive working relationships with local Educational Psychology Services

You will undertake supervised professional practice placements in each year.

To complete the programme, you will need to meet the requirements of all three stands: academic, research and supervised professional practice.

On completion, you will demonstrate the Standards of Proficiency required of practitioner educational psychologists by the HCPC, and the learning outcomes specified by the BPS.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Doctorate
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

tel: +44 (0) 121 414 4863