Research course

Educational Psychology

University of Southampton · Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Minimum upper second-class degree in psychology or equivalent conferring Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) by BPS; relevant experience (at least one to two years) of working with children and young people in educational or childcare setting; usually resident in UK at time of application and able to work in England for duration of course and at least two years after completion plus satisfactory performance at interview.

Months of entry


Course content

Educational psychologists work in a variety of ways to address the problems experienced by children and young people in an educational context. This three-year doctoral training programme, approved by HCPC and BPS, will enable you to develop knowledge, understanding and application of theory, empirical evidence and interventions at the core of the professional practice of educational psychology.

Typical modules include: Learning and Development, Emotion and Behaviour, Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods, small-scale and applied research projects and a research thesis. Further modules are linked to placement learning and the development of a casework portfolio.

Information for international students

Please note that this programme is not currently open to international applicants.

Fees and funding

Bursary from National College of Teaching and Leadership for year one and fees throughout.

Bursaries for years two and three through local authority placement scheme (currently £17,000).

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Further details of qualification

This DEdPsych doctorate in educational psychology programme is taught via a range of educational and placement opportunities that are supported via academic teaching from the University of Southampton. In Year 1, a significant part of the curriculum is delivered using problem based learning. This is designed not only to encourage independent learning, but also to develop group collaboration skills and promote a direct application of what you learn to professional practice. On this course you are respected as adult learners who are aiming to become autonomous professionals with the integration of theory and practice being central to the curriculum. A problem-centred approach is at the heart of Southampton's DEdPsych Doctorate in Educational Psychology programme. The models we draw on are the revised Problem Solving Framework (Monsen & Frederickson 2008), the Gameson & Rhydderch (2008) Constructionist Model of Informed Reasoned Action (COMOIRA) and the Integrated Framework (Woolfson, L., Stewart, A.,Whaling, R. & Monsen, J. 2003, 2008). The programme aims to give experience of applying the problem centred framework at a number of levels: individual, group, organisation e.g. school and policy maker e.g. local authority. The DEdPsych Doctorate in Educational Psychology programme is structured as follows: Year 1 Knowledge and skill development through problem based learning and seminars at university (2 days a week) Research methods and statistics (half a day) Applied Research Methods Course (I and II) (one morning a week) Generic Research Skills (3 days a year) Independent study (a day a week) Placement in pairs with a Field Tutor for 1.5 days a week from Oct to July (approx 60 days) in Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton which is the context for both casework and research activity Year 2 Knowledge and skill development (Mondays at university throughout term time) Generic Research skills (3 days a year) Independent study (2 days a week for thesis preparation, write-up of research projects and attendance at the university – see above) Placement in a local authority through a bursary scheme for 120 days (usually 3 days a week) which provides the context for developing casework skills and applied research projects. Year 3 Generic Research skills (3 days a year) Independent study (2 days a week for thesis preparation, and 6-8 days university attendance) Placement in local authority through a bursary scheme for 120 days (usually 3 days a week) which provides the context for extending professional practitioner skills. Across the three years, your knowledge, intellectual and general skills will be assessed by: • Essays and academic critiques • Reports of Casework • Practical work files • Graduated Applied Research Projects with topics coming from schools and the wider LA community • A thesis: (20,000 word thesis containing a literature review plus empirical paper)

Course contact details

Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences
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