School of Psychology

Doctorate in Applied Psychology (Educational)

  • Overview & Contact Information
  • What Some of our Recent Graduates Have Said...
  • Further Information

Course Director: Anthea Gulliford

Tutors: Dr Nathan Lambert

This highly regarded 4-year part-time course for practising Educational Psychologists possesses a number of distinctive features:

  • It is located in a School of Psychology with an international reputation for both research and innovation
  • It takes a broad and creative approach to the needs of educational psychologists working within Children's Services, both in terms of applied research and project management
  • It is organised and delivered by a friendly and supportive group of tutors
  • It develops high level research skills through a detailed and specialised programme of instruction in a full range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies
  • It provides close support to help students achieve at the highest levels by means of monthly small group and individual tutorials throughout each term and an annual residential course
  • There is an emerging track record of successful thesis completion within the 4-year registration period
  • There is an established record of influential publications written by students and staff, including a recent collaboration written for the international Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology (2008) with Prof Tom Billington from Sheffield University

For further course information and an application form, please contact:

Postgraduate Course Assistant
School of Psychology
University of Nottingham
University Park

Tel : +44 (0)115 846 7238

Fax: +44 (0)115 951 5324

Please contact us using the enquiry form.


What some of our recent graduates have said about the Doctorate in Applied Psychology:

 “Attending the course has been one of the most significant CPD experiences in my professional career. I applied for the Nottingham doctorate for three main reasons; as a London PEP with professional links to the various London courses it was difficult to choose just one of them; I had heard very positive comments from lecturers, students and colleagues working with the Nottingham course team; and, the course was designed to cover both qualitative and quantitative methodologies in depth. I have been particularly impressed with the course ethos: encouraging students to share ideas and collaborate, to complete assignments in a timely manner and to aim for thoroughness and integrity in all work undertaken. The lecturers are enthusiastic about their specific areas of work and the supervision on the thesis was both supportive and meticulous”.

Dr Julia Hardy, Principal Educational Psychologist, Kingston-on-Thames


“Having worked for a year as an educational psychologist, I was keen to join the Doctorate course as soon as possible to further my interest and skills in applied research. The challenge of the course seemed daunting at the outset, but the spiral structure of the curriculum and emphasis on methodology allowed me to easily dovetail my professional work with related research projects. Supportive supervision also helped me to set realistic targets and problem-solve issues as they arose. I feel confident in my professional role, having achieved a deep and clear understanding of the psychological underpinnings of my practice”.

Dr Alistair James, Educational Psychologist, Norfolk


“My main fears on starting the Doctorate related to managing the demands of the course alongside work and family commitments. However, this did not turn out to be as problematic as initially anticipated since, with forward planning, I found that many of the course assignments could easily be assimilated into my daily EP work. The small-scale research projects have provided excellent experience in terms of applying different research methods and also for managing and evaluating subsequent LA-based projects. This has not only proved valuable to my employers but has also enhanced my own professional development and career opportunities”.

Dr Val Taylor, District Senior Educational Psychologist, Staffordshire


“I had been thinking of beginning a doctorate for several years, but was put off by concerns about juggling a full-time job and family life, alongside postgraduate study. When I attended an informal ‘open morning’ to hear about the Nottingham course I was impressed by the enthusiasm of the current students, and the emphasis on rigorous research methodology. I can honestly say that deciding to join the programme was one of the best decisions I have ever made. There is an excellent supportive ‘learning community’ and the course has re-ignited my enthusiasm for psychology. I have re-discovered the enjoyment of academic reading and critique, and the chance to have top-quality supervision of my research has been excellent. I thoroughly recommend the Nottingham doctorate to any ‘experienced practitioner’ who is looking to refresh their enthusiasm in the discipline”.

Dr John Bradley, Principal Educational Psychologist, Nottinghamshire


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Alternatively, please feel free to contact any of the tutors:

Tutor Phone Email
Anthea Gulliford 0115 9515318
Nathan Lambert 0115 8467924


Further Information

For a more detailed description of the course, please download Doctor of Applied Psychology (Education) brochure. (PDF) 

School of Psychology

University Park
The University of Nottingham
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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