Taught course

Educational and Child Psychology

University of Sheffield · School of Education

Entry requirements

An undergraduate honours degree in psychology that is recognised by the BPS for graduate membership.

You must also have over one year of full-time (or equivalent) experience of working with children within educational, childcare or community settings.

Disclosure and Barring Service

As this course involves working with children and young people, you'll need to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure from the Criminal convictions and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) prior to your training starting.

We also consider a wide range of international qualifications:

Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Applications have now closed for 2024

This is a three-year, full-time course approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and recognised by the Department for Education as a professional training course in educational psychology.

All our graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC as a practitioner educational psychologist and join the British Psychological Society's Division of Educational and Child Psychology.

Selection Criteria:

The selection process is competitive. A good command of English language is essential to meeting the communication skills required to practise as an educational psychologist. Oral and written communication skills are assessed as part of the selection criteria.As this is a research degree, it is also also important that you can communicate in writing to a very high standard. For this reason we would encourage you to demonstrate pride and competence in your written application.

Factors considered at the shortlisting stage are:

  • Range and quality of academic background
  • Range, quality and relevance of work and voluntary experience
  • Extent of professional productivity in recent years
  • Extent of leadership demonstrated in professional and personal projects
  • Possession of special knowledge of any contexts relevant to the profession
  • Quality of written communication.

Factors considered at the interviewing stage are:

  • Evidence of the ability to apply psychological or educational theory to current practice
  • Knowledge of modern developments in applied education and psychology
  • Ability to analyse a problem/issue from a variety of perspectives
  • Understanding the tensions and dilemmas arising from working in an advisory capacity
  • Evidence of emotional flexibility in professional situations
  • Evidence of the capacity to communicate across cultural boundaries and awareness of equal opportunity issues
  • Evidence of skills in self-reflection
  • Evidence of socially skilled performance in group situations in professional life
  • Effective communication skills as demonstrated in the interview
  • Quality of written communication

Format of the interviews:

Interviews are usually held in February or March each year and involve one-day events.

We generally invite about five shortlisted candidates per day at the interviewing stage.

The format of the day involves an unseen written task, a group task, informal group discussion about the course with two members of staff and opportunities for shared lunch with trainees if they are available on the day.

Individual interviews take place in the afternoon with the interview panel, which comprises of two members of the course team, two principal or senior educational psychologists from partnership/neighbouring local authorities or from private/independent providers and a parent with experience of working with educational psychologists.

The structure of the interview day is intended to provide candidates and members of the course team information that will allow for an informed choice about which candidates are given offers of a place and whether or not candidates wish to take up the offer. At least one principal educational psychologist attends the final selection meeting along with all members of the course team.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:

We particularly welcome suitably qualified applicants from Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds as they are currently underrepresented in Educational Psychology Services.

Information for international students

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

For more information about entry requirements for international students, please visit https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/international/applying/postgraduate-taught

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)114 222 8177