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Doctorate in Educational Psychology - (DEdPsych) (3 years)

This three year DEdPsych Doctorate in Educational Psychology training programme prepares students for a professional qualification which will enable them to work in Children’s Services and to provide help with the major developmental and educational problems presented by children to parents, teachers in schools, and in other agencies.

Introducing your course

Do you want to use your psychological knowledge to help make a difference for children and young people (CYP)? Educational psychologists (EPs) do this every day as they work with CYP in their schools, homes and wider communities. EPs use psychology to help CYP develop their social mental & emotional health, and to learn effectively. Working to help CYP overcome difficulties and develop their potential, EPs use a strengths-based approach that pays attention not just to the CYP, but to the context in which they live and learn.
EPs are also involved in wider activities such as applied research in schools, training and policy development. By applying for and completing our course, you will be to apply for chartered status with the British Psychological Society, and be able to apply to the Health Care Professions Council to use the title of Educational Psychologist.


Through academic study and research, allied to extensive placement learning experience, this educational psychology doctorate will equip you with the skills necessary to meet the challenges of this rewarding work.

If you would like to know more about this DEdPsych please contact the administrator for the programme, Angela Goodall (telephone +44 (0)23 8059 5321).

The programme is for educational psychologists and meets the requirements for chartered status with BPS, and is approved for registration with the HCPC.

Applications for entry into the Southampton Educational Psychology Doctorate training programme for September 2018 will open in September 2017. 

The next Open Evening will be in September 2017. Please check back for further details in the summer of 2017.

The Open Evening comprises an initial presentation of information, followed by an informal question and answer session with tutors and current trainees.  Whilst it is not necessary to book a place it would be helpful to notify Angela Goodall if you wish to attend.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

Application for this DEdPsych Doctorate in Educational Psychology is through the Association of Educational Psychologists and requires on-line application for up to three training providers. The University of Southampton is a member of the SEEL Consortium, linking five programmes offering training in London, East and South East England. Application is however direct to individual providers, and selection is conducted at programme level.

Please note that Southampton does not require any specific additional information in this section of the application form. For further information about Educational Psychology and associated training please see:

All successful DEdPsych applicants are required to apply for an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly CRB). Disclosure of criminal convictions will be assessed on an individual basis according to the University student convictions policy and the School of Psychology Fitness to Practise policy. Further information regarding DBS can be obtained from the DBS website.

Successful applicants for this educational psychology doctorate are also expected to confirm their fitness to study and practice at the start of the programme. Potential applications need to be aware of these requirements prior to application. Once on the DEdPsych programme, trainees are expected to maintain their health and well-being  throughout the duration of the programme and in line with the HCPC's guidance on conduct and ethics, to let the education provider know if their health status changes.

If you would like to know more please contact the administrator for the programme, Angela Goodall tel.+44 (0)23 8059 5321.


This DEdPsych Doctorate in Educational Psychology programme meets the requirements for chartered status with BPS, and is approved for registration with the HCPC.

Programme Structure

This educational psychology doctorate is based within the School of Psychology at Southampton, which has an international reputation for research and innovation. As a programme it aims to develop your knowledge, understanding and application of theory, empirical evidence and interventions at the core of the professional practice of educational psychology. We place great emphasis on developing your research skills across the three years. The programme is designed to equip you to become a reflective and adaptable practitioner, who can apply both casework and research skills in a variety of contexts.

The first year of the DEdPsych Doctorate in Educational Psychology is spent studying full time, although this includes regular placement days within a primary and secondary school under the guidance of a field tutor. In the second and third year trainees work for three days a week in two different local authorities. By Year 3 trainees are expected to take increasing responsibility for their own practice and negotiate with service users appropriate activities. While Supervisors remain in close touch with trainees, the level of supervision is reduced and more independent practice encouraged.

Trainees at Southampton have the opportunity to take up a placement with the SEEL Training Consortium of local authorities in the area. Members of the Consortium make a financial contribution to the bursary scheme and offer placements to year 2 and 3 trainees. Trainees are required to accept a placement within the consortium.

Year 1 trainees at Southampton currently receive a bursary of £15,950.

Professional Placements in Years 2 and 3

Southampton is part of the SEEL consortium consisting of Institute of Education, Southampton, Tavistock, UCL and UEL and placements are arranged for all trainees across these training providers in Years 2 and 3 by means of a placement panel.

Applicants need to be aware of the expectations and requirements associated with the placements. Accepting a place on any of the SEEL programmes (Institute of Education, Southampton, Tavistock, UCL and UEL) carried with it an acceptance of these expectations and requirements relating to the Year 2/3 placements.

The following agreed statement applies to placements in Years 2 and 3 which involve 130 days - approximately 3 days per week in school term time. The Year 2/3 placements are made anonymously by a Placement Panel of 6 Principal Educational Psychologists, two each from each of the 3 SEEL regions (the South East, East and London). Programme Director and trainee representatives are available to the Placement Panel as advisors.

In May of Year 1 trainees recruited through the AEP selection process are required to nominate, according to the specific requirements and in order of preference, 5 of the bursaried placements that have been pledged in the SEEL region. The boundaries of the SEEL region extend from Norfolk east to Oxford, south to Dorset and west to Kent. The bursaries can all be viewed as they come in on the SEEL Placement website: 

Please note that while every effort will be made by the panel to place TEPs in one of their preferred placements, there may be occasions where it is not possible, and a trainee may have a placement not listed in their choice. At the placement panel in 2016, there were two SEEL trainees who were not placed in one of their five preferences. In this case the panel makes every effort to minimise the travel distance for the individual trainee(s). Each trainee undertaking a bursary placement in 2017-18 will receive a bursary of £17,000 which includes a contribution towards travel/books, usually of £500, but with some additional funds being available to each programme to support trainees who incur particular travel costs associated with home to placement travel.

The 5 nominatations made by each trainee on the Trainee Preference Form are subject to the following specific requirements:

  • At least one of the placements listed by each trainee has to be an 'out of London' placement (see the SEEL Bursary website for a list of inner London, outer London and 'out of London' placements).
  • Unless a trainee has an authenticated medical condition that prevented them from driving, they are expected to have a current driving licence and have the use of a car for their 130 placement days in each of Years 2 and 3. If allocated a placement where a car is designated as essential trainees will be expected to provide one, or to make whatever arrangements are necessary to allow them to undertake the full range of placement activities in a timely fashion, as if they had a car.
  • No more than 3 Inner London placements can be nominated by each trainee. There are typically very many fewer Inner London Placements than there are trainees expressing a preference for them. Only trainees attending a SEEL programme will be considered for London placements. Where there are surplus placements elsewhere in the SEEL region trainees from other programmes may apply through their Programme Director for consideration by the SEEL Placement Panel. It is not possible for SEEL trainees to have Year 2/3 placements outside the SEEL region.
  • Trainees who are parents of very young children or have sole child care responsibilities, or who have provided their programme director with evidence of a medical issue affecting their ability to travel (a letter from their GP or disability assessment) will be able to record this information on their form for validation by their programme director and special consideration by the Panel. No other personal information may be entered on the form.
  • In order to encourage an appropriate diversity of placement experience, trainees should not express a preference for a Year 2/3 placement in an office base where they have an extended placement in Year 1.  However be aware that such a placement may need to be allocated by the Placement Panel

A detailed DEdPsych programme specification and handbook are available at the bottom of this page.

Key Facts

The programme at Southampton is designed to enable you to work in partnership with a diverse population of children, young people , their families and services in a range of contexts and settings. The research requirements are integrally linked to the placement and academic components and culminates in a thesis which aims to address an issue relevant to an educational psychology context.

Related Staff Member

British Psychological Society

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

Intake: 14

Average applications per place: 10

The annual intake at Southampton for the 2017 start date will be 14 funded trainees. We do not accept self-funding trainees. As a minimum, applicants are considered for the Doctorate in Educational Psychology programme at Southampton if you meet the following:

  • You have attained at least a 2:1 in psychology (or equivalent) and Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) with the BPS at the time of application.
    *   If you do not have a 2:1 you have a Masters with a significant psychology component at Merit level.
  • Sustained and relevant work with children in education, childcare, or community settings. A minimum of 1 year's full time (or equivalent part-time) at the time of application. This can be all paid employment or at least nine months full time paid and 3 months voluntary relevant experience. This experience should enable you to demonstrate acquisition of the Common Core of Skills and Knowledge for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (CWDC 2010):
    • Effective communication and engagement with children, young people and families
    • Child and young person development
    • Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the child or young person
    • Supporting transitions
    • Multi-agency and integrated working
    • Information sharing
  • You have provided evidence that you have kept psychology as an on-going interest and a regular part of your CPD.
  • Your application must show strong evidence of the application of psychology in working with children and young people.
  • Your application must evidence an understanding of the role of the Educational Psychologist and the contexts within which they work; identifying skills and competencies you may already have.
  • Your application should evidence skills and knowledge which make you a suitable candidate to study at doctoral level.

You must be able to demonstrate a good command of English. If English is not your first language you must be able to evidence a good standard of written and spoken English (100 for internet-based TOEFL, 250 for computer-based TOEFL, 600 for paper-based TOEFL or 7.0 for IELTS with no element below 6.5).

Trainees are short-listed based on the evidence in their application which addresses the above criteria, as well as personal statements and supplied references.

Selection for this Doctorate in Educational Psychology is undertaken in collaboration with educational psychology service managers from neighbouring local authorities who participate in the short-listing and interview process. The programme welcomes applications from people with disabilities and from ethnic minority communities.

The Doctorate in Educational Psychology at Southampton does not accept self-funders therefore potential applications need to meet the criteria set out by the Association of Educational Psychologists for funded places.

Please note: Placement in all years during your training at Southampton requires you to travel to placement in surrounding local authorities; typically Portsmouth, Southampton and Hampshire in Year 1, and considerably further afield in Years 2 and 3. Trainees will be expected to drive, or to make whatever arrangements are necessary to allow them to undertake the full range of placement activities in a timely fashion. This may involve travel between locations in the same day.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

The first year of the DEdPsych Doctorate in Educational Psychology is spent studying full time, although this includes regular placement days within a primary and secondary school under the guidance of a field tutor. In years two and three trainees work for three days a week in different local authorities. By Year 3 trainees are expected to take increasing responsibility for their own practice and negotiate with service users appropriate activities. While Supervisors remain in close touch with trainees, the level of supervision is reduced and more independent practice encouraged.


Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However, due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts or, alternatively, you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentIT - Hardware: Public workstations are available but iPads, laptops, etc can be purchased as the student wishes.
Printing and copyingIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays, projects, dissertations are submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy e.g. the practical work file. All students will be given a printing allowance towards printing costs.
PlacementsIncluding Study Abroad Programmes: Trainees undertake placement in all three years of the programme. They will incur travel costs to placement as well as parking costs. The extent depends on the placement but in all cases trainees will have to fund their home to work base mileage.
PlacementsDisclosure and Barring Certificates or Clearance: The cost of this is borne by the programme.
Conference expenses The costs of these are not covered.
OtherParking: There are associated parking costs on placement.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Learning & Assessment

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