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Programme structure

Work undertaken throughout the programme will involve sub-courses in the following areas:

  • Academic
  • Practice
  • Research (which will be both academic and practical).

Regulations provide that, in order to be awarded the degree, students must satisfy the examiners in all three areas separately. 



The course attempts to integrate different curriculum areas and theory with practice. This is arranged by the timetabling of university sessions (most weeks include both practical and academic sessions), and the setting of assignments which have both practical and academic requirements. In year one this work takes place on Monday and Tuesday each week. Most of the academic curriculum focuses on issues in the practice of Educational Psychology and takes a generally interactionist position. A variety of group work approaches are used during academic teaching.

Practical Work

Students will have placements in a variety of settings. These presently include observation and practice in Educational Psychology Services and in selected schools. In addition, there will be placements in multi-agency settings such as CAMHS teams, children and family services and health teams according to individual need, preference and availability. Practice in test administration and other forms of assessment will be arranged during the school and EPS practice placements.

Private Study time is allocated for reading and writing during the course, and the timetable allows for private study time to support work relating to the final thesis.


Trainees are encouraged to work on research projects that are supported by the Educational Psychology Services acting as practical placement agencies for the course. Trainees are encouraged to publish their research projects as conference papers or journal articles, possibly jointly with University supervisors or Educational Psychologist(s) with whom they collaborated within Local Authorities. Further details of the structure of tutorial support for research activities, is available in the full prospectus.

Note: 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.