This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.
The Doctorate in Applied Educational Psychology (Professional Training) is a research degree that holds approval from the regulatory body, the Health and Care Professions Council, and is accredited by the British Psychological Society.
The location of the programme within the School of Psychology is distinctive and will provide you with a deeper theoretical understanding of your work, as well as the opportunity to meet leading researchers and practitioners.
The programme also has strong working relationships with professional educational psychologists employed by the regional Local Authorities.
- This course is a graduate programme approved by the British Psychological Society for professional accreditation.
- The Educational Psychology Group at Nottingham has an established record of influential publications written by students and staff, including contributions to the ‘Nottingham Psychology of Behaviour in Schools Project’.
- The School of Psychology gained the highest possible score in the most recent national assessment of teaching quality. Furthermore, in the latest Research Excellent Framework (REF) the School was part of a unit of assessment (Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience) that was ranked in the top 10 in the UK for research power
A number of these components draw upon the special expertise of Local Authority(LA)-based educational psychologists, teachers and other professionals. The curriculum is also delivered in school-based and LA settings.
The pattern of practical fieldwork placements changes in nature and extent between the three training years. In year one, you will work for one day each week in closely supervised small groups on tasks arising from the taught modules. This placement will be located mainly in schools and educational psychology services.
In year two, you will have a named supervisor in a placement educational psychology service for a substantial period each week throughout the year.
Year three will consist predominantly of supervised fieldwork placement within an educational psychology service where your dissertation will also be completed. Your experiences on this placement will be planned and monitored jointly between yourself, the University tutor and fieldwork supervisor by means of a Professional Development Log.
Supervision is an essential part of training at Nottingham. Each course member receives regular individual tutorial and supervisory support. By this means, it is possible for you to integrate the theoretical, practical, experiential and research components of the overall course.
The Doctorate in Applied (Educational) training is delivered on a full-time basis over three years.
As detailed above, the course offers a combination of taught modules, fieldwork placements, supervision and a dissertation requirement.
We believe that a course of applied training is part of a broader perspective of professional development, which we do not see as culminating when you graduate. Therefore, we take the opportunity within the training course to model some of the techniques and approaches that appropriately reflect adult learning and to provide trainees with direct experience of methods to use in their subsequent professional practice.
The course is delivered by means of seminars, lectures and private study as well as incorporating jointly developed and delivered workshops for pupils and teachers, simulation activities and experiential learning. The range of individual learning styles among our students is acknowledged and individual tutorials attempt to mesh these into the overall pattern of the course.
Finally, our deliberate aim is to keep the course numbers relatively small in order to maintain quality, facilitate learning, and ensure team ownership of the learning.
Assessment is by written assignment and progress in supervised outside placements and for individual research topics. There are no formal examinations.
During year one, you will study the following core modules:
- Structures, Systems and Services for Young People
- Educational Psychology in Practice
- Principles and Practice in Assessment I
- Facilitating Learning I
- The Development of Literacy
- Interpersonal and Group Skills
- Developmental Psychology in a School and Family Context
- Vulnerable Young People: Troubled and Challenging Behaviour in Schools
- Applied Research Methods
In year two, you will cover the topics listed below:
- The Education of Children with Severe and Complex Difficulties
- Principles and Practice in Assessment II
- Facilitating Learning II
- Strategic Psychology in Schools
- Applied Research Methods
Finally, in year three, you will examine:
- Vulnerable Young People: Family and Community Context
- Educational Psychologists in Local Authorities and Other Settings
Please note that all module details are subject to change.
For more details on our modules, please see the Module Catalogue.
Applicants who are resident in the United Kingdom are able to apply for funding through the Educational Psychology Funded Training scheme, which is administered by Association of Educational Psychologists on behalf of the National College for Training and Leadership. There are 12 funded places available that will cover tuition fees throughout all 3 years of the course and also provide a stipend of £14,400 in the first year to cover living costs.
It is possible for students to finance themselves privately, but in this case they will be liable for tuition fees and will also be required to provide evidence to the University that they have adequate means of support.
The Graduate School website at The University of Nottingham provides more information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.
International and EU students
The University of Nottingham offers a range of research scholarships for outstanding international and EU students.
Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your research course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.
The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.
Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.
These are exciting times to train as an educational psychologist. Recent key themes emerging from central government – early intervention; removing barriers to learning; raising expectations and achievement; delivering improvements in partnership – all have potentially significant implications for the role of the educational psychologist.
While the final arrangements for these have yet to be settled, we here at Nottingham have been at the forefront of advocating change, and outlining what that change should look like.
Children, their families and carers, teachers, schools and LAs will be looking to support from psychologists whose training and personal qualities have equipped them for these new roles and challenges. In particular, there is a need for applied psychologists who can anticipate and respond to the needs of a society in flux and we strongly welcome a trainee mix that reflects our equal opportunities policy.
The School of Psychology at Nottingham offers exciting prospects for the future of educational, organisational and child psychology. In a time of rapid social change, the problem-solving approach of the course equips our trainee educational psychologists (TEPs) to respond enthusiastically and creatively to the future.
Even more importantly, we are confident that through your training you will be in a position to contribute to future developments of Educational Psychology Service, Integrated Children’s Services and Local Authority policies at the strategic school, teacher and pupil level.
Nottingham-trained TEPs have been particularly successful at interviews over recent years and are highly sought after by many LAs.
The University of Nottingham is a research-led institution which provides the highest quality learning environment and is committed to equal opportunities in employment.
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2014, 100% of postgraduates in the School of Psychology who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £35,752 with the highest being £40,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.
Career Prospects and Employability
Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service. Individual guidance appointments, career management training programme, access to resources and invitations to events including skills workshops and recruitment fairs are just some of the ways in which they can help you develop your full potential, whether you choose to continue within an academic setting or are looking at options outside of academia.