DEdChPsy Educational and Child Psychology / Programme details

Year of entry: 2023

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.

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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.

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