DEdChPsy Educational and Child Psychology / Programme details

Year of entry: 2020

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