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
Start date September 2022

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.
  • To provide instruction in research methodology to doctoral level (you will be required to complete a 45,000-word dissertation).

Fees for 2022/23

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:

UK: full-time

Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

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 2022/23

Please refer to the Association of Educational Psychologists AEP website for full details of the application process and deadlines for funded places.

Please note that it is not possible to apply on a self-funded basis and/or direct to the University for this programme.

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

Programme structure

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our DEdPsy in Educational Psychology.

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 0-25). 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.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile A
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

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.

For further details about a career as an educational psychologist, visit the British Psychology Society and the Association of Educational Psychologists websites.

Staff profiles

Norah Fry Research Centre

Dr Amanda Gaulter BSc, DEdPsych, (Teaching Fellow in Educational Psychology)

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

Professor Pauline Heslop, health care, Confidential Inquiry into Premature Deaths in People with Learning Disabilities (CIPOLD), Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR)

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

Dr Dan O'Hare, (Teaching Fellow in Educational Psychology)

Dr Mary Stanley-Duke BSc, PGCE, MEd Distinction, D.Ed.Psy, (Lecturer, School for Policy Studies)

Emeritus Professor Val Williams

Application deadline

Please refer to the Association of Educational Psychologists AEP website for full details of the application process and deadlines.

Please note that it is not possible to apply on a self-funded basis and/or direct to the University for this programme.

For funded applications, please see the Association of Educational Psychologists website: It is not possible to apply on a self-funded basis and/or direct to the University for this programme.

Open days and visits

Watch on-demand recordings from November's virtual open week.

Get in touch

Postgraduate Senior Admissions Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 954 6785 Email:

School for Policy Studies
University of Bristol
8 Priory Road
School website: School for Policy Studies

International students

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REF 2014 results

  • Education:
  • 44% of research is world-leading (4*)
  • 36% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
  • 19% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1*)

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


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