Entry requirements

Candidates must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC). This will be a good honours degree in psychology, or equivalent, recognised by the British Psychological Society as giving GBC.
  • Relevant knowledge and experience of working with children within educational, childcare or community settings. Applicants will need to demonstrate that they have developed skills from their experience that are relevant to working as an Educational Psychologist and show how they have been able to apply their knowledge of psychology gained through first degrees.
  • An absolute minimum of one years experience of working with children is required at the time of applying, but applicants should be aware that those who are successful in being shortlisted have usually secured several years experience
  • For students whose first language is not English, the School requires an IELTS score of 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in each component), or equivalent. Please visit the webpage below for further details

Other than the above requirements we do not give accreditation to applicants for prior learning at the point of selection and course entry, however, it is possible for Trainees to negotiate some changes to their school practice placement in Year 1 depending on their prior experience in educational settings.

The University of Sheffield is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects its staff and students to share this commitment. Successful candidates will work directly with children and young people and as such they must provide an Enhanced Disclosure from the Criminal convictions and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) prior to their training commencing. As an organisation using the Disclosure and Barring Service Disclosure service, the University of Sheffield complies fully with the DBS Code of Practice.

In addition, in order to ensure that applicants who are offered a place are in good mental and physical health so that they are fit to practise, successful applicants are also required to complete a Work Health Assessment prior to course entry. 

More information on our entry criteria

Shortlisting and selection criteria

More information on how to apply for an IELTS test

How to Apply

Latest news

We are no longer accepting new applications for the EPFT funded scheme September 2018 entry. To keep informed as to when the next round of applications is open, please visit the AEP website

Application to the self-funded DEdCPsy course is also closed. The application portal for entry in September 2019 will open in October 2018. Should you have any queries regarding an application to the self-funded course please contact education@sheffield.ac.uk

The course can usually allocate 12 funded places; this year the application process is being managed by The Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP). All UK applications must be made via the AEP.

Applications for entry into the University of Sheffield Educational Psychology Doctorate training programme for September 2018 will be open for acceptance from noon on Monday 2nd October 2017. Reference deadline will be Wednesday 29th November 2017. Application deadline will be Wednesday 6th December 2017. Interviews will take place in January, February and early March 2018, enabling us to meet the shortlisting deadline of Wednesday 21st March. Offers will be published on Thursday 5th April 2018 and need to be accepted by noon on Thursday 12th April. Please see the AEP website for more details, developments and news.

At the University of Sheffield shortlisting is based on the application form. In the past applicants to the Sheffield course were required to submit responses to a question in addition to their application. This written response is no longer required. Over the years of running the course at Sheffield we have successfully selected students who go on to become socially skilled practitioners. However, this is a research degree and it is also of vital importance that our students are able to communicate in writing to a very high standard. For this reason we would encourage you to demonstrate pride and competence in your written application.

Educational Psychology Funded Training Scheme

Enquiries about our DEdCPsy programme can be made to:

E: education@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 8177

For Academic-related queries, please contact:

Dr Penny Fogg
Deputy Course Programme Director
E: p.fogg@sheffield.ac.uk