DEdChPsy Educational and Child Psychology

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
DEdChPsychol
Duration
3 years
Entry requirements

You must have one of the following:

  • Bachelors degree in Psychology (minimum 2:1);
  • conversion course conferring eligibility for GBC;
  • psychology-based master's degree (minimum Merit).

Full entry requirements

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 professionally relevant research.
  • Gain training in a number of therapeutic approaches.
  • Produce two publishable papers enabling you to more widely share your work.

Open days

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Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology information evening
The programme-specific open evening was held on 9 October 2019.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • DEdChPsy (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): TBA

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.

Scholarships/sponsorships

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 are able to opt into the bursary allocation system, which provides all funded bursary placements.

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
Christopher Kitchen
Telephone
+44(0)161 275 0807
Email
School/Faculty
See: The School .

Programmes in related subject areas

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

You must have one of the following:

  • Bachelors degree in Psychology (minimum 2:1);
  • conversion course conferring eligibility for GBC;
  • 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.

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

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.

How your application is considered

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

Interview requirements

Our interview dates are:

  • 28 February, 2020 (PM);
  • 6 March, 2020 (AM or PM);
  • 13 March, 2020 (AM or PM).

Applicants are invited to attend for half a day.

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 five 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:

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

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 here .

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.

Our research improves the quality of education across the world, with 78% of our activity defined as `world-leading' or `internationally excellent' (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

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. We want to understand better the world in which we live, and to offer solutions to the problems within it.

We acknowledge that a complex and interconnected world presents many challenges for analysts, but researchers in SEED are pioneering new evidence, measures, concepts and theories in order to address these challenges in practice. SEED's world-leading research is rooted in everyday life but international in relevance and scope, addressing social, economic and environmental concerns across the globe.

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 of 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.

We're not here simply to 'supervise' - we seek to discover and co-produce new knowledge with students as our partners.

In joining SEED, you will become part of a talented, energetic, committed and supportive academic and postgraduate research community.

Teaching and learning

Practical work is a central component of the programme and learning outcomes specific to fieldwork 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 North West. 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 before accepting a place on the programme.

When you become a postgraduate researcher in the School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED), you'll join a postgraduate community of more than 1,000 doctoral students from more than 100 different countries, all studying within the Faculty of Humanities.

You'll be assigned to a specific research grouping that complements your research interests and have access to a variety of interdisciplinary research institutes.

Our working environments are often spacious and open-plan, giving you plenty of opportunities to communicate with colleagues and staff within the School, and you will have your own desk space as well as access to our fantastic range of libraries on campus.

All of our academic supervisors are research active and will support you to work on challenging research problems and develop rigorous, creative and original research.

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 a number of activities related to your PhD, 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 professional practice portfolio of 20,000 words, submitted in Year 3, and a professional practice viva;
  • 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).

Scholarships and bursaries

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 are able to opt into the bursary allocation system, which provides all funded bursary placements.

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.

Facilities

MIE is located 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  dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

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.

As a postgraduate researcher, you'll have access to a dedicated Researcher Development Team who will support your professional development throughout your professional doctorate journey and beyond.

Our researcher development programme will enable you to become more aware of your developing researcher identity, equipping you with the skills you need during your professional doctorate and prepare you to integrate into the researcher community.

At every stage of your career, you'll receive relevant, effective and comprehensive professional development opportunities.

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.

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.

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.

We  have established Postgraduate Researcher Exchange programmes with a small number of institutions around the world, offering you the opportunity to visit another institution, access research resources and experience another academic culture as well as build professional networks.

Successful applicants will receive some funding towards travel expenses, accommodation, subsistence, education materials and/or other education-related costs for anything from two weeks to a three month visit.

For more information, see  Careers and employability .

Accrediting organisations

  • British Psychological Society
  • Health and Care Professions Council