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 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 Health Declaration prior to course entry that is processed by the University Occupational Health Department.

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 September 2017 entry. If you would like to submit an application for September 2018 entry, the application portal is now open. For more information please email 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 Sheffield University Educational Psychology Doctorate training programme for September 2017 will be open for acceptance from noon on Monday 26th September 2016. Reference deadline will be Wednesday 30th November 2016. Application deadline will be Monday 5th December 2016. Interviews will probably take place in February and/or early March 2017, enabling us to meet the shortlisting deadline of Wednesday 22nd March 5 pm. Offers will be published on Wednesday 29th March 2017 and need to be accepted by noon on Wednesday 5th April. Please see the AEP website for more details, developments and news.

At the University of Sheffield short listing 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

To keep informed as to when the next round of applications is open, please visit the AEP website.

AEP website

Self funding students should apply directly to the University of Sheffield.

We are now accepting applications for the 2018 self-funded course.

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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