Doctor of Educational and Child Psychology

School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences

Join education professionals from all over the world for a postgraduate course that will advance your career.

Our graduates work in the UK and overseas in schools, universities, and local and national government. Some are teachers and lecturers. Others use their skills in policy development, education, administration, psychology and social work.

The School of Education has provided so much support in addition to the excellent course and allowed me to develop a clear idea of my future career path.

Yan Wu, Postgraduate student in Department of Education

About the course

September 2018 start

Course description

Full-time course

This professional training course will give you the skills, competencies and HCPC registration required to practise as an educational psychologist. We teach you the theory and support your practice, so you’ll be well prepared for your future career.

Disclosure and Barring Service

As this course involves working with children and young people, you'll need to provide an Enhanced Disclosure from the Criminal convictions and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) prior to your training starting.

School of Education postgraduate students


This programme is non-modular, but will include: Developmental Psychology; Assessment and Intervention; The Education of Children with Additional Needs; Group Training for Support Staff; Professional Issues and over 300 days of supervised professional practice placements.


A mix of placement, private study and teaching from tutors. Your usual weekly pattern will be:

  • Year 1: two days teaching, one day private study, two days work placement.
  • Year 2: one day teaching, one day private study, three days work placement.
  • Year 3: one day teaching or research, one day private study, three days work placement.


Essays, practical work folders and a dissertation including research portfolio.

Course duration

3 years full-time

Entry requirements

You must have over one year of full-time (or equivalent) experience of working with children within educational, childcare or community settings. You will also need an honours degree in psychology that is recognised by the BPS for graduate membership.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Apply now

Application for funded entry into the University of Sheffield Educational Psychology Doctorate training programme is via the Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP) website. The application system for entry in September 2017 will open in September 2016. The application deadline is 5 December 2016. Please see the AEP website for more details, developments and news.

Self funding applicants should apply directly to the University of Sheffield using this form.

Fees and funding

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Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Apply now

You can apply for this course through the Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP) website.

AEP Website

Self funding applicants should apply directly to the University of Sheffield using our Postgraduate Online Application Form.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our programmes, contact us:

T: (+44) (0)114 222 8177

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.