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Educational Psychology (Research)

Cardiff University
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Doctorate / PhD
Scholarships available
English

Start dates
Cardiff
September 2023

Cardiff
September 2024

Cardiff
September 2025

About this program

Educational Psychology (Research)

This fully funded, doctorate programme aims to provide you with an advanced level of knowledge in educational psychology and, upon completion of the course, you will be qualified to practice as an Educational Psychologist.

You will also be eligible to apply for registration as a practitioner psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and to the British Psychological Society (BPS) for Chartered EP status.

You will spend each year of study in practical fieldwork placements in local authority (LA) Educational Psychology Services as well as attending university-based sessions within the Cardiff University Centre for Human Development (CUCHDS) - our dedicated developmental psychology centre.

This programme provides you with the opportunity to develop your critical and reflective skills to the relevant theories and approaches which comprise the subject. By the end of the three years, you should:

  • Have a detailed knowledge of educational psychology, its key theories and the findings which support or challenge those theories.
  • Have an ability to use your knowledge of the subject in original and creative ways.
  • Have the ability to conduct research within different paradigms.
  • Be able to apply your research findings in creative, novel ways.
  • Adopt a psychological, change-focused approach to the issues and concerns of:
    • children as they develop from babies though to adults
    • the parents, carers, teachers and other professionals who contribute to the development of the children in their care
    • the organisations and systems within local authorities which employ educational psychologists.

The programme provides a wide-ranging overview of issues and practices in educational psychology. Within this broad framework, you will be encouraged to develop your own particular strengths and theoretical perspectives.

Programme aims

The aim of the programme is to offer knowledge and expertise for a career as an educational psychologist (EP), via doctorate-level study. Completion of the programme confers eligibility to apply for registration as a practitioner psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and to the British Psychological Society (BPS) for Chartered EP status.

Applicants should note the following:

  • Cardiff University has in place a Policy for Determining Applicants’ Fitness to Practise and Eligibility to Pursue Regulated Programmes of Study. This policy will be followed where information is disclosed or received about applicants, which suggests that a fitness to practise assessment is required.
  • Eligibility to enrol on the programme, if offered a place, is dependent upon satisfactory completion of an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check, i.e., one that does not reveal any information that suggests a trainee would be unsuitable for work with children, young people and vulnerable adults.
  • The HCPC carries out its own health and character checks to determine whether individuals are fit to practise and can be included on the Register. So passing all elements of this programme does not guarantee automatic inclusion on the HCPC’s Register.

Admission requirements

Suitable for individuals with:

  • a qualification in psychology which confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS), usually by the December preceding the start of the programme
  • appropriate and sufficient experience of working with children (0-25 at time of application) in educational, social services or community settings

Qualifications and experience need to be obtained by 31 December.

English language requirements

For non-native speakers of English a minimum IELTS score of 7.5 will be required.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Teaching on the Educational Psychology Professional Doctorate programme consists of six themes:

  • Research Methods in Educational Psychology
  • Processes and Methods of Assessment
  • The Psychology of Learning: Managing Change
  • The Psychology of Behaviour: Managing Change
  • Understanding and Working with Organisations, Systems and Groups: Managing Change
  • The Role of the Educational Psychologist (EP): Managing Change

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.

Career paths

Most educational psychologists in England and Wales currently work within Local Authorities. However, the profession is increasingly diversifying with a growing number of educational psychologists practicing independently or working within broader contexts such as the health sector.

All Cardiff University Educational Psychology Professional Doctorate programme graduates to date have found suitable employment, mostly working as educational psychologists in Local Authorities in England and Wales.

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