Educational Psychology

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Run by Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available DEdPsy
Programme length Three years full-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Open to international students Yes
Start date September 2017

Programme overview

The Doctor of Educational Psychology (DEdPsy) is a research degree accredited by the British Psychological Society and the Health and Care Professions Council. The degree serves as the entry qualification for professional practice and employment in educational psychology. It has been designed to meet the professional training needs of educational psychologists and reflects a shift in orientation in professional training that is implicit in a research degree.

The programme's academic and research goals are:

  • to create an advanced level of knowledge in the areas of child development, educational psychology, special educational needs, assessment and intervention, childhood diversity, family dynamics and educational systems; (Assessment is by written assignments.)
  • and to receive instruction in research methodology to doctoral level. (You will be required to complete a 45,000-word dissertation.)

Fees for 2017/18

Full-time fees

Annual fee

Fees quoted are provisional, per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

The major source of funding is through the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Year One

  • Assessment, Learning and Intervention
  • Children in Families and Communities
  • Local Authority and School Systems
  • Psychological Dimensions of Interpersonal Communication
  • Research Methods 1
  • Understanding and Challenging Social Barriers

Years One/Two

  • Dimensions of Social and Emotional Development
  • Multi-Agency Working
  • Promoting Inclusion

Years Two/Three

  • Research Methods 2
  • Research Methods 3

Year Three

  • Professional Practice
  • Submission of a 45,000-word dissertation

In the first year you will be based at the University with supervised fieldwork placements in a variety of educational and psychological settings.

In years two and three, you will undertake an extensive placement in a psychology service for three days a week. You should also be available for University work and private study for two days a week.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree in psychology (or equivalent qualification) that confers Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society. Relevant experience of working with children or young people (aged 0-19). Applicants with a lower second-class degree (or international equivalent) and relevant experience may be considered.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile A
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Research groups


The DEdPsych programme leads to a professional qualification in educational psychology, so graduates can register as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council and as a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. 

Educational psychologists are employed across a wide range of fields, including local authorities, social enterprise organisations, private practice, schools and academies, and the health service. 

Further details about a career as an educational psychologist can be obtained from the British Psychology Society and the Association of Educational Psychologists

Staff profiles

Norah Fry Research Centre

Carmel Hand, (Senior Teaching Fellow), Extensive experience in educational psychology practice, management and strategic work in Local Authorities; particular interest in educational exclusion in practice and working with parents.

Jak Lee PGCE MEd EdD, (Senior Lecturer), coaching, organisational change, supporting schools in difficulty

Dr John Franey, (Senior Teaching Fellow), Ethics in professional practice; leadership and management in local authorities; school based multi agency group work.

Dr Rob Green, Assessment, Learning and intervention; dimensions of social and emotional development; multi-agency working ; psychological dimensions of interpersonal communication.

Dr Val Williams, (Reader), Analysing naturally-occuring communication; inclusive research including disabled people as active researchers; mental health support needs of young people with learning difficulties.

How to apply
Application deadline:

For funded applications, please see the Association of Educational Psychologists website.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

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REF 2014 results

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

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