Course Overview Course Overview

Based in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, upon successful completion of this three year, full-time postgraduate training programme, trainees will be eligible to apply for HCPC registration, and upon successful admittance to the Register, will be able to practice as an Educational Psychologist. This new doctoral training programme has been funded by the Department for Education to meet demand for qualified educational psychologists within the east of England. As such, we work in partnership with our public service providers to support trainees to qualify as competent practitioners who are able to deliver high quality psychological services to children and young people from birth to 25 within education, community and Children’s Services systems.

The doctorate in educational psychology provides an integration of theory, practice and research through a mixture of taught sessions, practice placements and a research project. You will be exposed to a broad range of psychological theory which is framed within the principles of critical psychology, critical pedagogy and social justice. The course places an importance on equality and diversity and promotes inclusion and anti-discriminatory practices to serve the needs of children, young people and their families. Upon completion of your training, you will be able to critically analyse and synthesise complex psychological and educational information and have a positive impact on the lives of children, young people and their families. You will achieve this through a wide range of approaches to consultation, assessment and intervention used by educational psychologists.

Our training programme is challenging, collaborative and nurturing to our trainees and will prepare you to be a knowledgeable, flexible, creative, reflective and ethically responsible practitioner. This is reflected in our innovative and participatory ethos for practice and research with children and young people. In your second and third year, you will work on a research project within public priorities identified in liaison with our partner psychology services. Research is an important part of our programme and it is anticipated that upon completion you will continue to use these skills in your day-to-day practice.

Our course will encourage you to develop your own professional identity and will prepare you to deliver high quality psychological services which draws on a range of psychological theory, practice and research. We work closely with our local and national partners to ensure high standards and encourage you to take an active role in shaping your learning experiences.

Benefits of the course

The University of East Anglia is the newest addition to a list of universities that have received funding for ten additional training places from the UK Department of Education to offer training in educational psychology. As a new course, we are currently in the process of seeking HCPC approval and BPS accreditation. We expect this process to be completed before trainees begin their training in September 2018. Once the approval and accreditation process is completed, graduates from this course will be eligible to apply for Chartered Membership with the BPS and eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC.

Course Structure

The course is an intensive, full-time, three-year training programme that combines taught modules, practice placements and doctoral level research.

In year 1 you will, on average, spend two days in university, two days on placement in a psychology service, school or specialist setting and a further one day for private study. During this year you will be introduced to key concepts and ideas critical to the work of Educational Psychologists and the contexts in which you will work. Whilst on placement you will be supervised by a UEA tutor and have access to an assigned supervisor in the service or setting that you are working. Here you will begin to integrate theory and practice. At university, you will cover a range of topics, including professional practice skills (i.e. consultation, assessment and intervention), working with children, young people and families, SEND and Children’s Services systems and an introduction to research.

In years 2 and 3 you will build on and return to concepts introduced in year 1, with a greater emphasis on developing your professional identity. You will spend a greater portion of your time in work placement which will be based at one of our partner psychology services. You will also begin your doctoral thesis supported by a supervisor based at the UEA.

Your doctoral research will take place across years 2 and 3, with support from your supervisory team.  Your team will include research active members of UEA staff and, if appropriate, an educational psychologist from your placement.  Data collection and analysis, plus the development and writing of your thesis is likely to be undertaken through independent research study as opposed to during the time on your practice placement. However, you should be flexible as the exact structure will depend on your topic and if relevant arrangements with your placement provider.

If you are considering applying for this course, you should be aware that along with being intellectually stimulating and a route to a rewarding profession, it will require commitment and will, at times, be demanding. 

You will have to balance work placements, independent research and additional study. The course also follows the school year rather than a University academic year. Your placements will most likely run through the summer months of June, July and August. Periods of annual leave will be limited and will need to be agreed in consultation with practice placements and in line with University Regulations.  Doctoral students do not follow the semester or term format and candidates for the degree of Educational Psychology will be expected to study on their course at all times except for agreed Annual Leave.  

To be considered for a place, you must meet the entry requirements.