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    The Doctor of Educational Psychology (DEdPsy) is a research degree accredited by the British Psychological Society. The degree serves as the entry qualification for professional practice and employment in Educational Psychology. It has been designed to meet the professional training needs of Educational Psychologists (EPs) and reflects a shift in orientation in professional training which is implicit in a research degree.

    The programme has several academic, research and professional goals:

    Academic: To create an advanced level of knowledge in the areas of child development, educational psychology, special educational needs, assessment and intervention, childhood diversity, family dynamics and educational systems.

    Research: There will be direct instruction in research methodology to Doctoral level. You will be required to complete a 45,000 word dissertation.

    Professional: The programme will prepare you for the wide range of challenges and demands in diverse contexts.


    Programme structure Year One

    * Assessment, Learning and Intervention
    * Children in Families and Communities
    * Local Authority and School Systems
    * Psychological Dimensions of Interpersonal Communication
    * Research Methods 1
    * Understanding and Challenging Social Barriers

    Years One/Two

    * Dimensions of Social and Emotional Development
    * Multi-Agency Working
    * Promoting Inclusion

    Years Two/Three

    * Research Methods 2
    * Research Methods 3

    Year Three

    * Professional Practice
    * Submission of a 45,000-word dissertation

    In Year One you will be based at the University with supervised fieldwork placements in a variety of educational and psychological settings.

    In Years Two and Three you will be able to apply for posts as Educational Psychologists and undertake the required placement learning at your workplace (for three days a week in Year Two and four days a week in Year Three). You should also be available for University work for two days a week in Year Two, and one day a week in Year Three.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Undergraduate applicants may use UCAS system or Common App (for all courses except medicine, dentistry and veterinary sciences). International students may find country-specific admission criteria on the website. For instant, student from Russia with a Certificate of secondary education may be admitted to the Univeristy of Bristol only after foundation/bridging program, while those with International Baccalaureate/A-level degree may apply directly to undergraduate programs.

    Graduate students have to use university's website for application. All documents should be uploaded on this website and the admission decision will also be provided on the website.

    International students should provide English test results in order to apply to both undergraduate and graduate programs. University of Bristol accept various tests, including IELTS, TOEFL, CAE/CPE and some others. Language requirements may depend on the type of program: they are typically higher for Art&Humanities and lower for Science programs. For instance, the highest IELTS score required (profile A) for undergraduate and graduate programs is 7.5 (7.0 in each section).

    Program requirements


    An upper second-class honours degree in Psychology (or equivalent qualification) that confers Graduate Basis for Registration with the British Psychological Society. Relevant experience of working with children or young people (0-19).

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band: 6.5

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

    The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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