DEdChPsy Educational and Child Psychology

Year of entry: 2023


Degree awarded
3 years
Entry requirements

You must have one of the following, which confers eligibility for GBCM:

  • Bachelor's degree in Psychology (minimum 2:1);
  • Conversion course (minimum Merit);
  • Psychology-based Master's degree (minimum Merit).

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
How to apply

Association of Educational Psychologists

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
DEdChPsy Y N N N

Programme overview

  • Undertake an HCPC-approved doctoral programme of professional training as an educational psychologist.
  • Gain training in several therapeutic approaches.
  • Undertake professionally relevant research at a top 10 Education department in the UK (QS World University Ranking by Subject 2021).
  • Produce two publishable papers enabling you to more widely share your work.

Open days

Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology information presentation (2021-2024)

Our programme information events will be held by zoom on: 12 October 2022 and potential applicants are welcome to attend Q&A sessions at 12.30-1.30pm or 6-7pm


To be announced.

Your fees will cover the cost of your study at the University, as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision, examinations and graduation (excluding graduation robe hire).

Payment of tuition fees will also entitle you to membership of The University of Manchester library, the Students' Union and the Athletic Union.


Funding for fees is provided by the Department for Education (DfE), throughout all three years of the programme.

The DfE also provides a bursary in year one.

For years two and three, trainees can opt into the bursary allocation system, which provides all funded bursary placements.

Contact details

School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
Christopher Kitchen
See: The School .

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

You must have one of the following, which confers eligibility for GBCM:

  • Bachelor's degree in Psychology (minimum 2:1);
  • Conversion course (minimum Merit);
  • Psychology-based Master's degree (minimum Merit).

English language

Candidates whose first language is not English require one of the following certificates:

  • IELTS test minimum scores - 7 overall, 7 writing, 6 other sections;
  • TOEFL (internet based) test minimum scores - 100 overall, 25 writing, 22 other sections;
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) minimum scores - 66 overall, 66 writing, 59 other sections;
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - overall score of 185 or above, with writing 185 and no other sub-section below 169, or Grade C if taken before 2015;
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) - overall score of 185 or above, with writing 185 and no other sub-section below 169, or Grade B if taken before 2015.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years.

Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the programme.

Relevant work experience

You must have at least one year's full-time experience of working with children and young people within education, health, social care, youth justice, or a childcare or community setting.

Full time means 37 hours a week, or the equivalent if part time. This can be made up of either:

  • all paid employment;
  • at least nine months' full-time paid employment (or the equivalent if part time) and the equivalent of three months' relevant voluntary experience.

The following activities would not be considered sufficient to meet the planned and evaluated work with CYP criterion:

  • Babysitting
  • Child care
  • Girlguiding/Scouts
  • Practice Placement
  • University research roles

Professional entry qualification

You must be eligible for the British Psychological Society Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

If the qualification that grants you eligibility for GBC isn't from the UK or Ireland, you'll need to provide your British Psychological Society (BPS) membership number when you apply.

Application and selection

How to apply

Advice to applicants

Doc Ed Psyc information evening 2021/22

Applications are not made via The University of Manchester's online application system. Direct application to the University of Manchester is not possible as we do not offer any places outside of the public service-funded scheme.

Applicants should also be aware that only information provided in the Association of Educational Psychologists application form will be used for shortlisting. If applications are incomplete or unclear, it will not be possible for us to follow up with candidates.

We are also offering optional Zoom sessions on 12 October 2022 at which you will be able to ask tutors and current trainees further questions about the programme and the admission process. You can attend at either 12.30-1.30 pm or 6-7 pm. The Zoom room will open half an hour earlier to enable questions to be posted in Zoom chat. We will assume that you will have read the information on the website and seen this video prior to coming to a Q&A as their purpose is for further clarification.

How your application is considered

Selection for the programme is based strictly upon the Trainee Psychologist Person Specification .

Interview requirements

You will be interviewed by a panel of academic staff, parent representatives and practitioner educational psychologists. We currently anticipate that the interviews for 2023 admission will take place online.

Provisional dates for interviews:

Fri 3 rd February 2023 (pm)

Wed 1 st March 2023

Wed 8 th March 2023

Wed 15 th March 2023

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

You must be eligible to work in England for the duration of the course and for at least two years afterwards.

You must also be a UK resident. If you're a non-UK applicant, you must be living in the UK at the time of application and be able to provide proof of residency.

If you intend to come to the UK to train, you're not eligible.

Programme details

Programme description

The Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a three-year full-time initial professional training programme for educational psychologists.

The six programme units are designed to provide effective coverage of the required core curriculum for training in educational psychology provided by the British Psychological Society (BPS). These units are:

  • Programme;
  • Professional skills; 
  • Development (Age 0-25); 
  • The context of children's learning; 
  • Research in educational and child psychology; 
  • Mental health and well-being.

Graduates can apply to the HCPC to be registered to practise as an Educational Psychologist.

A practitioner is not legally allowed to practise using the title Educational Psychologist without being registered with the HCPC.

An MPhil exit award may be made for candidates who do not complete the full programme, but this award does not confer eligibility to apply to the HCPC for registration as a practitioner psychologist.

Find out more about the programme .

Special features

Education has been a discipline of study at Manchester since 1890.

Our students come from all over the globe, and our qualifications are recognised internationally.

The School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED) is a unique interdisciplinary collaboration between the disciplines of Architecture, Education, Geography, International Development and Planning and Environmental Management.

What unites us is a shared commitment to highlight and address the uneven relationships between societies, economies and the environment.

Our PhD and professional doctorate research community, grouped around a range of dynamic centres and themes, is central to the SEED research agenda across all our disciplines.

In order to further this agenda, we need fresh input and clear thinking from a fully engaged, curious, critical, socially aware PGR community.

Teaching and learning

Practical work is a central component of the programme and learning outcomes specific to placement activity are identified.

You will undertake supervised practical placement activity, overseen by programme staff, for one day per week in Year 1 until December and then two days per week in Year 1 thereafter.

These placements are normally within the Northwest.

There is a requirement for 130 days' placement in Years 2 and 3.

Further details about how you may pursue assistant educational psychologist posts or bursary placements are provided during year one of the programme. All our academic supervisors are research active and will support you to work on challenging research problems and develop rigorous, creative and original research. Alongside specialist research supervision on the programme you can also access wider research collaboration opportunities. These include MIE research groups and wider University networks such as autism@manchester.

You can expect to meet with your supervisor at least once a month to discuss progress on your project.

As a postgraduate researcher, you'll have access to a large and diverse community of internationally recognised academic experts offering an environment that will stimulate intellectual debate and development. We provide additional financial support for several activities related to your professional doctorate, including:

  • presenting at international conferences;
  • attending workshops that provide relevant professional opportunities;
  • conducting fieldwork in the UK and overseas.

Coursework and assessment

For assessment purposes, the programme is divided into four parts:

  • three research-based assignments of 10,000 words each; a reflective practice assignment and an Educational Test User Portfolio;
  • a professional practice portfolio of 20,000 words, submitted in Year 3;
  • three practice placement supervisor reports and four tutor observations of placement practice;
  • a written thesis comprising two academic papers, plus a dissemination evaluation with satisfactory oral defence (viva voce).

Programme collaborators

Research is commissioned through regional and national collaborations with a range of stakeholders.

We work closely with NWPEP to generate placements and NORMIDSW and SEEL to deliver placements nationally.

What our students say

Discover what it's really like to conduct postgraduate research at The University of Manchester on our student spotlights page.


MIE is in the University's Ellen Wilkinson building, which is centrally located on the University's Oxford Road campus, close to the Main Library, Alan Gilbert Learning Commons and the Students Union.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service.

For more information, email


Career opportunities

Professional practice placements are an integral part of the programme. You will undertake 300 days of placement across the three years of the programme which will provide the opportunity for you to meet the professional practice requirement for HCPC registration.

All trainees who have successfully completed the programme and wished to work as educational psychologists post-qualification, have gone on to successfully gain employment as educational psychologists.

We offer training sessions to build your skills and confidence in writing and presenting, with specific sessions on viva preparation, thesis submission and preparing for your Review Panel. You'll also have access to a range of workshops, covering areas such as:

  • increasing research impact through blog posts;
  • making the most of social media;
  • publishing in journals;
  • applying for fellowships;
  • designing academic posters;
  • improving time and self-management.

As a doctoral trainee educational psychologist you will have access to and extensive programme of teaching and a dedicated programme team who will support your professional and academic development throughout the three years of your training.

In addition, our Humanities training hub - ProGRess@humanities  - gives you additional training opportunities within the University.

You can choose courses in public engagement, wellbeing, language training and teaching, alongside more specialist courses in tools and software such as Python, R and Nvivo.

methods@manchester , meanwhile, is an initiative that gives you the chance to learn from the very best in research methods expertise at Manchester and beyond.

Regular talks, workshops and other methods-related events are organised throughout the academic year, bringing in experts from across the University and externally.

Accrediting organisations

  • British Psychological Society
  • Health and Care Professions Council