Research course

Educational Psychology

University of Dundee · School of Education and Social Work

Entry requirements

First degree, preferably at Masters level, in a relevant subject such as educational psychology. Preferably some field experience in educational psychology. A current post, preferably in educational psychology. IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) for candidates whose first language is not English. Recognition of prior learning is possible for up to 50% of the degree.

Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Practice (after completion of Module 1); Master's degree in Advanced Professional Practice (after completion of Module 1 and Module 2)

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Who is it for

This is a professionally based doctorate which is aimed at practitioners in education, psychology and educational psychology.

What is it about

The Professional Doctorate in Educational Psychology is aimed at applicants who are interested in reflecting on different elements of their professional career whilst contributing to the development of evidence, practice and policy in their professional field. Whilst the Professional Doctorate does not certify competence to practice, it does provide candidates with an opportunity to enhance their own and others' knowledge and application.

What are the aims of the programme

The aims of the programme are:

  • to critically appraise the current evidential basis of professional theory, policy and practice;
  • to develop relevant advanced specialist research, development & dissemination skills;
  • to make a valuable and original contribution to knowledge, methodology, practice and policy;
  • which meets accepted standards of rigour and excellence;
  • *and is widely disseminated.

What are the modules and how are they assessed (for D.EdPsy)

There are 5 modules to complete:

  • Module 1: Research Methods Training and a Critical Analysis and Review of Research Literature. Students can exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Practice.
  • Module 2: Development of an Individualised Learning Plan for future modules. Research project with a written product of 15,000 words. Students can exit here with a Master's degree in Advanced Professional Practice.
  • Modules 3-5: Research project(s) with a written product of 15,000 words each. These projects may be related to each other or quite independent of each other. It is possible to combine modules.

Module 1a comprises Research Methods Training (taught; seminars and workshops). If you already have a Masters degree, with an assessed element of research methods, you may not need to undertake Research Methods Training.

Delivery of Module 1b and Modules 2-5 takes the form of direct supervision by at least two members of University staff. Much of this can be done by email, telephone and video conferencing where necessary or on campus. There are also online forums for students to discuss issues relating to their research. These modules are presented as a thesis and assessed by oral examination at the end of the programme.

Information for international students

IELTS Test: 6.5 in each component.

Fees and funding

This item aims to give potential students information about possible sources of funding, including sources from which current students have obtained support.

For ESWCE staff, scholarships are available. Employers may fully or partially fund at their discretion.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

Lyndsey Anderson
+44 (0)1382 381521